Lauren Simon Reveals What It’s Been Like Returning To ‘The Real Housewives Of Cheshire’: “It’s Such A Fantastic Job”
Lauren Simon has returned to ITVBe’s hit The Real Housewives of Cheshire after a few seasons away and in a new interview, she opened up about what it’s been like to return to the franchise amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“I took a year off filming to try and finalise the divorce, but the plan was always to go back to the show,” she told OK! Magazine. “I just needed to take some time off to sort myself out because it was a huge life change. The divorce battle is sadly still ongoing, but it felt like the right time to go back for me.”
“I missed the girls,” she continued. “Being back filming means I get to see more of them. It’s such a fantastic job.”
Lauren Simon (third from right) has returned to The Real Housewives of Cheshire after a few seasons away. (Photo: Monkey Kingdom / ITVBe)
“Real Housewives is a fabulous franchise and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of it,” she explained. “I did my first day of filming at Dawn Ward’s house so I didn’t feel nervous at all. I was just having a chat with a mate. I always say that you lose hours in Warford Hall – it’s a mad house and time goes by so quickly before you even know it. It does always start late when you film with Dawn, though, as she takes forever to do her make-up.”
Despite the drama the show can bring, Lauren seems excited to be back and sharing her story with viewers. “I’ve had a three and a half year hellish divorce battle, so I really needed a year off to relax,” she said. “I’ve just been hiding away, being healthy, going to the gym, practising lots of mindfulness and reading self-help books. I needed to look after me, and put myself first.”
She continued, “The show is full on and I didn’t feel like I could give it 100 per cent last year. I wasn’t in the right headspace to have the cameras there. And just before I left, I felt like my story lines had come to a natural end so I needed to regroup and come back. Now I’m happy to have the show back – you might even see some romance.”
The Real Housewives of Cheshire airs Mondays on ITVBe and can be viewed internationally on hayu.