Elizabeth Vargas is opening up about an excruciating part of her childhood.
During the December 30 episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County, Elizabeth continued to open up about growing up in a “religious cult.”
While talking with co-star Braunwyn Windham-Burke, the RHOC newbie had a panic attack while attempting to reveal a dark secret from her childhood.
“From zero to 13, I was raised in this religious environment,” she explained in a confessional. “My grandmother was the head of the religious cult, and my father was one of the main preachers as well.”
She continued, “As a young girl, I knew something was wrong with what was going on in this church. We couldn’t wear anything else but this uniform. We couldn’t eat anything but what they made us or what they shot. We couldn’t leave the ranch — we were stuck on a commune. We couldn’t even go to a hospital; they knew how to control every single person on that property.”
Elizabeth then revealed that she always felt the need to “hide” her pain, confessing that it was “easier to live in a fantasy world of happiness than live in my reality of depression.”
Later on in the episode, Elizabeth and Braunwyn met up with Gina Kirschenheirter and Kelly Dodd. Elizabeth continued to open up about her childhood and explained how her family “kicked out of the church” after revealing what was going on.
“I went through a situation as a young girl that no one, no woman, should ever go through — no girl should have to go through,” she shared. “We were in a church environment, and all this s–t hit the fan, and I told my neighbor what was happening inside the church and the FBI came to shut the church.”
When Gina asked Elizabeth if she had been “molested,” the RHOC newbie revealed that she was abused by “many men” in the church.
Earlier in the season, Elizabeth revealed that she grew up in a “very religious situation” was told to “not open my mouth or tell the truth” about the abuse going on within the church.
“I grew up in complete fear, anxiety, anguish,” she said in a confessional. “It was very, very hard for me. I was always scared for my life because we were beaten so bad that I thought for sure I was going to die one day of it.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs on Wednesdays at 9 pm EST on Bravo.
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Source: Us Weekly