"Alexis was really tired of being bullied and chose home and family life over celebrity," the insider explains of Bellino's decision to stop filming. Though she is said to have begun contract negotiations with Bravo, the former Housewife "wanted to go back to her simple life in Orange County."
In July, Alexis, 35, and her husband, Jim Bellino, spoke out about the verbal bullying and attacks they say they suffered from costar Tamra Barney, who called Alexis "Jesus Jugs" during the 2012 Real Housewives of Orange County reunion special.
"The Real Housewives of Orange County is a reality show that is meant to entertain and engage audiences with the lives of its cast members," the couple told Us Weekly in a statement, adding that they were considering taking legal action against Barney. "This vicious and malicious attack on our family will no longer be tolerated. We have continually tried to take the high road, however, if necessary, we are prepared to defend ourselves against these unfounded, slanderous and defamatory remarks to the fullest extent of the law."
During season 7, Alexis, who is mom to son James, 5, and 4-year-old twin daughters Melania and Mackenna, butted heads with just about every fellow housewife, particularly Barney, former BFF Gretchen Rossi and newcomer Heather Dubrow.