The Bravo personality took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a smiling family photo from her estranged daughter Sidney Barney‘s high school graduation. In the sweet picture, Judge and her ex-husband, Simon Barney, are flanked by their three children — Sidney, 18, Spencer, 17, and Sophia — and her oldest child, Ryan Vieth.
“So many things to be proud of this month. Our family has come a long way and I couldn’t be happier,” Judge, 49, wrote in the heartfelt caption.
“Simon and I are so proud of these amazing, smart, funny, beautiful & crazy kids,” she continued. “Congrats Sidney ❤️ your smile lightens up the room and your future is so bright.”
Judge added the hashtags, “#gaveituptojesus #2017 👨🎓 #family.”
Since Judge began starring on the reality series over a decade ago, the personal ups and downs of her life have been shared with the world, including her messy divorce from Simon, meeting and marrying now-husband Eddie Judge, and her estranged relationship with her daughter, Sidney.
Judge revealed in the season 10 reunion that Sidney had been living with Simon, and hadn’t seen her mother in two years, while son Spencer, on the other hand, had been living with Judge full time and didn’t speak to Simon.
“After I opened up about it on the reunion, all hell broke loose, and it was kind of a breakthrough in the sense that we were communicating,” Judge told The Daily Dish. “It wasn’t necessarily the best communication, but we were communicating.”
“And then it kind of just goes back into I don’t hear from her,” she continued. “But I text her once a week, tell her I love her, I tell her the door’s always open for her, and let’s just try to get this family back together.”
Going through the trying period, Judge admitted that she sometimes was left feeling like she might crumble — but that’s how she found God. “I really feel like I’m going to die right now,” Judge remembered telling a woman who had invited her to church. “I just don’t have any help.”
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In 2015, audiences watched Judge get baptized on an episode of RHOC.
“I’m on this spiritual journey and it’s all a learning experience to me. I’ve already accepted Jesus into my heart and now I want to know more,” she said.
“As I go under the water, I see my whole life flashing before my eyes. I feel like I lived most of my life just lost. And now all of these horrible feelings that I’ve had are just going away,” Judge explained of her baptism. “And then I come up and it’s like everything’s so beautiful; and everybody around me’s beautiful; and the music’s beautiful. It’s amazing.”
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