"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Tamra Judge said recently that she has forgiven her ex-husband, Simon Barney, following their public divorce and child custody dispute. She also now wants to have their children baptized.
In an episode scheduled to air later this season, Judge is baptized before family and friends and she forgives her ex-husband, despite their strained relationship, during a speech about her new found faith.
"Yes, I have," Judge, 44, told The Christian Post when asked if she forgives Simon. "And I talk about that in a speech at my baptism. I tell him I forgive him, and I thank him and I pray for him."
The outspoken Bravo TV star has come a long way since first joining the hit reality show in season three. The show is now in its 10th season. While in the past Judge has been criticized for her feisty attitude and constant clashes with cast members, she appears to have become a new person since accepting Christ as her savior.
"I definitely don't agree with a lot of things that [Simon] does. I think that he's hurting and so he wants to hurt me," she said.
Judge and her ex-husband share three children together and although they've resolved their bitter and widely publicized custody dispute, they still struggle to co-parent amicably, she revealed.
"I've always wanted to have a relationship with him where we could take the kids out to dinner once in a while so that there's not that feeling of like, 'my parents hate each other,'" she said.
"There's always in a relationship [split] one person who's more bitter than the other," she added.
Last year Judge, who admits she had a "horrible" 2014, was left in a very dark place partly due to her problems with Simon, who she divorced back in 2010.
"I did have a bad year last year, I had a horrible year last year and not just the show, it was stuff going on in my personal life with my ex-husband," she said. "He was trying to take my children away from me and it was such a public thing and he knew exactly what he was doing."
She continued: "He had no terms, no witnesses, no evidence, no nothing but he publicly humiliated me and hurt my children. I think, as a mother, the worst thing you want to see in the press is being called 'monster mom' and 'she abuses her kids;' it was horrible. I've never hurt like that in my entire life. My mind went to places that I couldn't even pull myself out of. It was difficult, I didnt know what to do."
Judge leaned on loved ones, including her husband of two years, Eddie, during her difficult time and eventually found Jesus after a woman at her Cut Fitness gym invited her to go to church.
"I was never baptized as a kid, and I was never brought up in church and I haven't raised my kids in the church. It was something that was very foreign to me. When I was going through everything I was going through, I was at work one day and this woman came up to me at my studio — she goes 'would you like to go to church with me?' and I said 'yes,'" she said.
"Eddie's already been baptized and my two youngest kids are going to get baptized, but because they're not on the show we didn't do it all together," she noted.