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Ramona Singer on Yolanda Foster’s ‘RHOBH’ Exit: She Needed a Break, ‘Housewives’ Can Be ‘Overwhelming’ (Exclusive)

From one ‘wife to another! Real Housewives of New York City star Ramona Singer spoke exclusively with Us Weekly about her fellow Bravolebrity Yolanda Foster’s departure from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after four seasons.

“I think Yolanda is a very warm, down-to-earth, wonderful woman. And I think right now she just needs to take a break,” Singer, 59, told Us on Wednesday, June 15, during a launch event in the Big Apple for Lux Beauty Club’s press-on hair extensions. “She needs time for herself.”

“She went through a lot of health issues, a lot of relationship issues,” she continued . “And I think she just wants to spend time with herself and just take care of herself and her family.”

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The Life on the Ramona Coaster author — who has gone through her fair share of ups and downs (including her 2014 split from now-ex-husband Mario Singer) over the course of her eight years on reality TV — told Us that she gets why Foster, 52, would want to step away from the spotlight.

“I can understand that because the show is — it can be very all-encompassing and overwhelming,” Singer explained.

As Us Weekly previously reported, Foster announced on Wednesday, June 15, that she’s leaving RHOBH. The former model, who has been battling Lyme disease for the last several years, shared the news via Instagram.

Ramona Singer (left) and Yolanda Hadid
Ramona Singer and Yolanda Hadid Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images; JP Yim/Getty Images

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“I would have loved a more graceful exit then ‘Season 6’ but sometimes we don’t get to control the ending of the chapters in our life,” she wrote. “I am leaving what’s over without denying its past importance in my life. I believe that every exit is a new entry and with that in mind I say goodbye to my @Bravotv Family as I continue to focus on a my recovery, my children and bring back the privacy within our Home.”

Foster, mom of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid and son Anwar, joined the series in its third season in 2012. She told her nearly two million followers that she is grateful for the experience. “Thank you to all the fans for your love and unwavering support these past 4 years. I am grateful for the housewife experience and all it has thought me. I’am excited about this choice and look forward to the next chapter of my life,” she concluded. “#RHOBH #TimeToSayGoodbye with #Gratitude @evolutionusa @bravoandy @bravotv #WWHL.”

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During her last season on the show, Bravo documented Foster’s health issues — and some skepticism about her travails from Lisa Rinna and others — as well as the demise of her four-year marriage to now ex-husband David Foster. The Dutch-born beauty blamed her divorce on her chronic illness.

“At the end of the day, David never changed, I changed,” she said during a March appearance on the Dr. Oz Show. “Unfortunately, these are the cards that life dealt me. It wasn’t by choice. But I’m not the woman I used to be, and I probably will never be again. My focus, my energy goes to trying to get well, trying to make a difference, trying to find a cure for my children … and David’s life is really traveling, going to concerts, loud music. And I mean, I couldn’t, I can barely listen to the radio.”

The Real Housewives of New York City airs on Bravo Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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