Shannon Beador gained a substantial amount of weight during filming on the latest season of The Real Housewives of Orange County.
In a new interview, the reality star and mother of three opened up about her weight gain, revealing that she put on 40 pounds in eight months as she feuded with her co-star and former friend, Vicki Gunvalson while filming Season 12 of the Bravo TV reality series.
“I ate and I drank and I was such a mess,” Shannon Beador revealed to Life & Style magazine on July 7.
After Shannon Beador had joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County during Season 9, she and Vicki Gunvalson established a close-knit friendship. However, after Gunvalson’s now-ex-boyfriend, Brooks Ayers, claimed during Season 10 that he was suffering from stage four non-Hodgkins’ lymphoma, their relationship took a turn for the worse.
Shannon Beador and Vicki Gunvalson then feuded further after facing off during last season’s reunion show, and during the three-part special, Gunvalson accused Beador’s husband, David, of abusing her.
While Shannon Beador denied any such thing and defended her marriage during The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 11 reunion, she told Life & Style magazine that the stress of the situation led to her weight gain.
“I had no idea it was going to be on the show. Are they going to use it? Are people going to believe her?” she asked.
Shannon Beador’s marriage was also in the midst of drama years ago after David admitted to carrying on an affair with another woman for several months. Although the couple decided to stay together after David’s affair, the drama between them played out on the show and made for quite the shocking storyline on the series.
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As she prepares for Monday night’s premiere of The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12, Shannon Beador is doing her best to get her body back by adhering to a lean diet of protein and vegetables and exercising for at least 30 minutes each day.
“I’m down eight pounds and four percent body fat so far,” she proclaimed. “I’ll get there.”
To see more of Shannon Beador and her co-stars, including Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Meghan King Edmonds, Lydia McLaughlin, Kelly Dodd, and Peggy Sulahian, tune into the premiere of The Real Housewives of Orange County on Monday, July 10 at 9 p.m. on Bravo TV.
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