So much to be said. Hours after announcing her divorce from her second husband, David Foster, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster blogged about compassion via Bravo’s website following the Season 6 premiere on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
“It’s good to be back!” Foster, 51, exclaimed. “I just watched the first episode with my best friend of 22 years who’s been by my side through this entire journey. Well, what can I say?”
On the premiere of RHOBH, several of the former model’s fellow Housewives (namely Lisa Vanderpump) began doubting the gravity of Foster’s Lyme disease — and criticized her lack of makeup — after she (briefly) attends Lisa Rinna‘s birthday dinner. Viewers have witnessed in previous seasons of the show how Foster’s condition has restricted her from enjoying everyday activities, which she reiterated on her blog.
“Becoming chronically ill has definitely given me a greater understanding of human nature, and I’ve learned to accept people’s lack of long-term compassion for others, while they live their busy lives,” she continued. “I have gone from being an outspoken multi-tasking social butterfly to a hostage of my debilitating disease. I might only be a shell of the woman I used to be, but my heart is still the same, and even though I can only do life one day at a time, I am at peace and have surrendered to my new normal–for now.”
Foster, who shares two daughters, models Gigi, 20, and Bella, 19, and a son, Anwar Hadid, 16, with her first husband Mohamed Hadid, detailed her arduous journey and prognosis. “I wish my message was more fun and glamorous than this, but I accept that these are the cards life has dealt me. I’m extremely fortunate and grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to 11 countries, five states, and see 100+doctors, but the truth is that even though I have made great strides in the past six months, I have not found a cure yet,” she wrote.
Despite Vanderpump’s speculation on the show, Foster said that she’s opting for positivity over the frequent drama featured on the franchise. “I could look at tonight’s episode with mixed emotions, but I’ve grown apart from looking at what’s NOT,” Foster noted. “I am blessed to have a voice and a platform that can bring awareness to not only my disease but to the most profound lesson of it all, which is to lead a life with compassion, kindness, and without judgement, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”
The statuesque Housewife, meanwhile, made no mention directly about her split announcement shared with Us Weekly that afternoon. In a statement to Us, both Yolanda and David, 66, said they did their “best” to save their marriage of four years.
“We are grateful for the years we’ve spent together and believe wholeheartedly that we did our best,” the pair told Us. “I hope that we can pave the road ahead of us with all we’ve learned and with the love and respect we will always have for one another.”
Foster concluded on her blog, though, that her focus was mainly finding a cure for Lyme. “One day soon I hope to have the ability to write about uncovering the mystery of this chronic disease and share with you the true depth of my story, but until then I am just a housewife on a mission with laser focus on one thing and one thing only…my health!” she wrote. “I have faith that God often uses our deepest pain as the launching pad of our greatest calling.”
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