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Eden Sassoon Happy Not to Return to RHOBH: 'I Feel Free and Alive to Be the Real Me'

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When The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns to Bravo for its eighth season, it will be without Eden Sassoon.

The 43-year-old daughter of legendary beauty icon Vidal Sassoon announced the news on her Facebook page on Wednesday, telling fans that she’s feels “free & ALIVE to BE the REAL ME that was not shown to the #bravo world of viewers.”

“I truly am #grateful for the experience & huge life lessons I was up against,” she wrote, adding on Twitter that her exit was the “best news EVER!” and that RHOBH was “just a moment in my journey.”

She hashtagged the tweets “#freedom.”

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Eden had a tough road on RHOBH, where she debuted in season 7 as a friend of Housewife Lisa Rinna.

She opened up early on about her sobriety and the passing of her sister Catya, who died of an overdose in 2002 when she was just 34. But Eden perhaps got a little too personal when she compared he relationship with her sister to the bond between Kyle Richards and her recovering addict sister Kim Richards — causing tension and headed arguments between the three.

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Things got worse when Rinna told Eden that Kyle was an “enabler” and that Kim was “close to death” — information that propelled Eden into trying to help Kim and Kyle (and, perhaps unfairly, only drove her further away from the group).

By season’s end, Eden had turned on Rinna, telling her, “I’ve given you so much of my time, my energy — my f—ing heart, you bitch! … It’s not okay for you to treat me the way that you do. It’s not okay for you to walk all over me and use me as your scapegoat. I’ve been nothing but there for you to try to heal you!”

Now that she’s off the show, Eden can spend her time focused on her two businesses — her full service salon, EDEN by Eden Sassoon, and two luxury Pilates studios in L.A.

And while some may feel their departure from reality TV is the end, Eden sees it as a fresh start.

“Remember an END is just a NEW BEGINNING…I will be in full force with #love #hugs #truth and #compassion which are all things that make me shine,” she wrote on Facebook. “So if you can’t handle my light .. please go be dim someplace else.”

“Grateful for season 7 #RHOBH,” she added on Twitter. “It brought me beautiful love from so many that I now have for life. It’s the #journey not the #destination .”