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Maya Vander says her son’s stillbirth makes ‘Selling Sunset’ Season 5 hard to watch

“Usually I would watch (the season) a few times,” the real estate agent told TODAY. “But this time, I was like, ‘OK, I’m good,’ after watching the first time." 
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Maya Vander has only watched Season 5 of “Selling Sunset” once. 

“Usually I would watch [the season] a few times,” the Oppenheim Group real estate agent told TODAY. “But this time, I was like, ‘OK, I’m good,’ after watching the first time."  

Vander, who shares a son and daughter with husband David Miller, was pregnant during the filming of Season 5 in 2021. Since filming wrapped, her son, Mason, was stillborn at 38 weeks, an experience she opened up about in a TODAY essay just a week after the tragedy. 

"Physically and mentally, I am not in a good place," Vander wrote at the time.

Now, five months later, Vander said she's doing “much better," but remains emotional. “I have moments I’m totally fine when I talk about him, but then I’ll break down others,” Vander said.  

Watching her pregnant self on the show “wasn’t ideal,” Vander said, “but we’re filming a reality show, and that happened to me.” 

Mason’s death was discussed at the cast reunion, filmed after the Season 5 release, Vander revealed to TODAY.com. “I don’t know what will make the final edit,” Vander said, “but I told them what happened and I didn’t cry. I stayed calm.”  

“It’s a show about real estate drama, but also life drama,” she said. “And this is my story.”  

“I had never, thankfully, known grief. It’s changed my perspective."

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Vander told TODAY her son’s death will always, to some degree, be with her. She said the loss has prompted a change in how she looks at life.

“I had never, thankfully, known grief. It’s changed my perspective. I lost my baby. Even before that, I had a hard time with some of the personal drama. Now, I’m even more focused on what’s important," Vander said. "Family is what’s important.” 

The "Selling Sunset" Season 5 reunion airs on Netflix on Friday, May 6.