"She really wanted to be on the show," a source tells PEOPLE

By Ulrica Wihlborg and Marla Lehner
May 11, 2011 12:25 PM
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Brandi Glanville, the ex-wife of newlywed Eddie Cibrian, is getting her own time in the spotlight – as the newest castmate on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, a source confirms.

“She really wanted to be on the show, so she’s very happy,” the source tells PEOPLE

Glanville, 38, had been in negotiations to join the latest installment of Bravo’s hit Real Housewives franchise since earlier this year. The network was also previously in talks with singer Robbie Williams’ wife, Ayda Field, a source says.

Although no official announcement has been made by Bravo, Glanville has been hinting about her new gig for weeks, coyly Tweeting on April 9: “Moving to the hills of Beverly on April 22.”

Glanville joins the rest of the feisty Housewives cast – Kim and Kyle Richards; Adrienne Maloof; Lisa VanderPump; Taylor Armstrong; and Camille Grammer – who are all set to return for a second season.

So, what should fans expect in season 2? A source tells PEOPLE that Kim Richards is a more assertive presence, while her sister, Kyle, has taken a more laid-back approach this year. In addition, the entire cast has been more accepting of Grammer, who sparred endlessly with Kyle and was a source of friction in season 1.

Meanwhile, Glanville isn’t exactly a stranger to drama: Starting in 2009 she was engaged in public, off-screen, feud with her ex, Cibrian, with whom she split after eight years of marriage.

She has since made peace with her ex – with whom she has two sons. Cibrian married country star LeAnn Rimes last month.