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The Real Housewives franchise began with The Real Housewives of Orange County in 2006. Since then, the franchise has branched out into numerous cities across the United States and the world. The popular shows feature the affluent lives of women in some of the biggest cities, giving viewers a glimpse at what happens behind closed doors. 

Stephanie Hollman smiling, seated
Stephanie Hollman | Charles Sykes/Getty Images

The Real Housewives of Dallas premiered in 2016. Over the past five seasons, the women of Dallas have entertained fans with their escapades. There have been weddings, adoptions, and of course, epic feuds. No Real Housewives series would be complete without the drama.

One Dallas housewife manages to stay out of most of the drama, however. Stephanie Hollman has appeared as a middle man on the series, holding the group together. Nevertheless, despite her friendly demeanor, Hollman has faced her own struggles. 

First season crash diet

In August, Hollman took to her Instagram to open up to her followers concerning self-love. The picture featured the Dallas housewife without makeup and filters. She discussed how it had taken her a long time to get to a place where she was comfortable showing this version of herself to the world.

While filming season one of RHOD, Hollman was so concerned with her appearance that she followed a strict diet to portray a perfect facade. She said:

“The first year of filming housewives, my diet consisted of tuna fish and egg whites. Someone said that the camera adds 10 pounds, so along with the strict diet, I did cardio every day.”

Now Hollman encourages fans to focus on loving themselves and not compare themselves to others. This is especially true for social media and magazines. Hollman talked about accepting all of her imperfections, from stretch marks to cellulite. She used to place a lot of importance on how fans perceived her. Now she practices self-love. 

Learning from her past

The Instagram post was not the first time Hollman opened up about her mental health. In season three of RHOD, Hollman and LeAnn Locken both discussed their experience with depression. Locken told Hollman she attempted suicide four times.

Hollman sympathized with Locken because she had tried to commit sluice as well. When Hollman was 22, she had a nasty breakup. She felt worthless and attempted suicide. Later on in the series, Hollman continued to open up about her struggles. She revealed that she was taking antidepressants to help manage her depression. 

Is ‘The Real Housewives of Dallas’ canceled indefinitely?


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While The Real Housewives of Dallas’s struggles, controversies, and triumphs have attracted fans across the country, the series future is uncertain. Rumors of cast shakeups have been swirling for a while. RHOD OG, Brandi Redmond, took to her social media to post a cryptic message fans feel certain meant she would not return to the franchise. 

Holman’s role in RHOD has also been up for debate. It is rumored that Holman wouldn’t be a star anymore but instead asked back as a demoted friend of the cast role. Her husband squashed that she would return for a demoted position by saying:

“I’ll tell you if Stephanie comes back, I don’t know if she is or not, but she’s not coming back as a friend of. She’s either on, or she’s not. She’s either getting paid, or she’s not. There’s no middle ground.”

Of course, whether any of the cast will return to Bravo is uncertain. According to TV Line, a spokesperson for Bravo released a statement saying, “There are currently no plans to bring The Real Housewives of Dallas back next year, and beyond that, nothing official has been decided.” While this is not a definite cancellation announcement, it does place the future of the series in a precarious position. 

How to get help: In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor at the free Crisis Text Line.