Why Did Noelle Reno Leave 'Ladies Of London' Before Season 2? She's Been Through Some Rough Times
If you're a diehard fan of Bravo's reality series, you probably noticed a couple of things when the network announced the cast of Ladies of London Season 2, which premieres Monday night. For one, model mama Caprice Bourret is not a part of the new lineup of lasses and neither is Noelle Reno, one of the Americans on the show who was trying to make a name for herself in London society alongside her high-profile fiance Scot Young. Caprice didn't interact with the other ladies a ton on the show, but the same cannot be said of her American co-star, so I wondered why Noelle didn't return to Ladies of London this season.
This could have gone one of three ways: Bravo didn't ask Noelle to appear on the show for another season, Noelle didn't want to continue to appear on Ladies of London, or both parties wanted to consciously uncouple. The network hasn't commented on Noelle's absence from the show in the upcoming season, but she recently told The Daily Mail that she thought appearing on Ladies of London would be empowering, but it turned out to be a negative experience for her. "That was my old life, and I never want to go back to that," she said. It certainly sounds like Noelle was pretty set on not returning.
If you don't agree with Noelle's decision, well then you really need to check yourself before you wreck yourself. If you had the year that Noelle had, you would immediately understand why not signing on for another season of a reality series was probably not what she needed at the time. Here's why Noelle's real life has unfortunately been filled with as many ups and downs as a reality show.
Scot Died Suddenly & Tragically
Out of all of the Ladies of London significant others, Noelle's boyfriend Scot was the most prominently featured on the show. We saw Noelle and Scot making a new life together as they moved into a new apartment and eventually got engaged. So I, like the rest of the world, was shocked to hear in December of last year that Scot had fallen four stories from his Marylebone flat he had once shared with Noelle and died, as reported by the London Evening Standard.
"I am distraught by the sudden loss of my best friend and ask that you give me the respect and privacy I need to grieve in peace," Noelle told Hello! Daily News shortly after his death. A traumatic experience like this would make anyone feel the need to retreat from the world for a little while.
She Went On A Twitter Detox
After Scot's death, it's no surprise that Noelle took some time off from Twitter. Her last tweet shown above was on Dec. 7, the day before Scot died. She didn't return to the social network until almost two months later on Feb. 15. It's probably a good idea for everyone to take a break from social media for a while, but when you're grieving, it can be especially important to avoid the constant barrage of comments from random haters and sympathizers alike.
She Took An Epic Journey
Scot's passing occurred while Noelle was on a mission to travel to 12 different countries in 12 months, which she documented on her social media profiles and in blog posts for The Huffington Post U.K. Noelle was inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling 2006 globe-trotting, soul-searching, and pizza-eating memoir Eat, Pray, Love. Throughout her travels, Noelle managed to visit countries like Turkey, Denmark, and Indonesia (just like in Eat, Pray, Love!).
"One thing I know in the deepest depths of my soul, where all true wisdom resides, is that #12Countries12Months prepared me for this loss," Noelle wrote in a blog post about her 12th and final trip to Belgium. "Circumstances may have prevented me from exactly what I set out but the journey, rather the path, was perfectly organized to deliver me to exactly where I needed to be."
Meditation Helped Her Find Peace
Noelle started getting into meditation before Scot died, but of course a calming and focusing practice like this came in more than handy when she hit that difficult time in her life. "[Meditation] has given me the skill to heal everything else that wasn’t right in my life," she recently told The Daily Mail. "I’ve made peace with Scot and what happened thanks to meditation."
If you want to feel just as enlightened as Noelle, you don't have to travel as far as she did. She actually mastered meditation just by watching clips on YouTube.
She's Starting A New Business
Having been a model and designer for years, Noelle is no stranger to fashion. Now she is taking all of the expertise she has gained to launch her new website DigitalShoppingChannel.com, or DSC for short. The website is part-retailer, part-blog for today's fashion-obsessed. Since the DSC is currently in beta, there isn't a ton to look at on the site just yet to really show what differentiates it from other online style destinations, but I'm curious to see how it turns out in the future.
She's Having A Positive Summer
After a rough six months or so, I'm happy to report that Noelle seems, well, happy. From her Instagram feed, it looks like Noelle has been having quite a lovely summer working hard, drinking Bloody Marys, and partying in Ibiza. Let's just hope the good times continue for Noelle into the fall and the rest of the year.
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