Elizabeth Lyn Vargas says she was raised in a “religious cult” and was molested.
The “Real Housewives of Orange County” newbie opened up about her past in recent episodes of the Bravo series.
“From zero to 13, I was raised in this religious environment,” Vargas said on this week’s show. “My grandmother was the head of the religious cult and my father was one of the main preachers as well.”
Vargas, who was born and raised in Missouri, detailed the allegedly harsh restrictions, saying: “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.”
On Wednesday’s episode, Vargas also said “went through a situation as a young girl that no one, no woman, should ever go through.”
“We were in a church environment and all this s–t the fan, and I told my neighbor what was happening inside the church and the FBI came to shut down the church,” Vargas said.
When castmate Gina Kirschenheiter asked if she had been “molested,” Vargas said that she had.
Vargas did say the name of the alleged cult on the air.
In last week’s installment, Vargas began opening up to co-star Braunwyn Windham-Burke about her past.
“My mom did everything she could to get her kids out of that situation, and she did, that’s why I love her to death,” she said.
Vargas also expressed she wasn’t keen to share details with her castmates.
“I’m not going to tell all the girls that, ‘Oh, by the way, I was in religious f–king cult growing up that told me to shut my f–king mouth or I’d be thrown under a bridge,’” she said.
In a separate confessional, Vargas said she grew up in “complete fear, anxiety, anguish,” adding she 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 Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.