Real Housewives Couples Who Divorced After Their Time On TV

Since 2006, Bravo lovers have been tuning in week after week to watch the lives of rich ladies unfold before their eyes. From welcoming more kids to losing their fortunes and squabbling amongst each other, plenty of drama has ensued over the years. But perhaps the most captivating thing to watch in any franchise is the demise of a marriage that viewers have come to know.

The success of "The Real Housewives" franchises resulted in 11 cities to date, with only one of those cities – Salt Lake City – holding the esteemed distinction of no divoirced housewife (yet!). However, an argument can be made that it's also one of the newer franchises, debuting in 2020, with just three seasons under their belt. For the record, E! News crunched the numbers on the franchise with the most divorces, and "The Real Housewives of Orange County" came out on top with eight.

So why are there so many splits between Bravo stars? Original "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member Kyle Richards told E!'s Daily Pop back in 2017, "I really believe that a lot of people go into doing the 'Housewives' because they're not happy in their marriages. They're thinking, 'This is going to give me some independence, this is going to be my out.' And then the pressure starts, and they crack. It's inevitable." We're checking out some of those "inevitable" marriage endings now.

The Real Housewives of Dallas's Kary Brittingham and Eduardo Brittingham

"The Real Housewives of Dallas" had a divorce-free record after five seasons up until 2021. That May, new star Kary Brittingham announced her split from husband Eduardo Brittingham on Instagram ahead of the season five reunion airing. The housewife, who had two seasons of the show under her belt, wrote, "I've shared my life and my family with you on camera for the last two years-all of the ups and downs. As we go in to tonight's episode, I want you to know that Eduardo and I have made the very tough decision to separate."

Kary and Eduardo had been married for 12 years at the time of their split, sharing one child together. Eduardo had also served as stepfather to Kary's three children from a previous marriage. The reality star opened up further about the split on the reunion episode (via US Weekly), revealing that they decided after watching the show. "This was a really tough season for me, and watching it back, I realized how much I hurt and how much I was struggling ... My marriage was falling apart, and I didn't wanna admit it."

"After the show finished, you know, me and Eduardo had to have a real heart-to-heart talk, and we decided that you know, we needed to go our separate ways. And we just told our kids right before coming to the reunion," Kary shared on the reunion episode. 

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills's Erika Girardi and Tom Girardi

The most scandalous housewives' split in recent history? That honor goes to Erika Girardi and Tom Girardi from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." Their messy divorce included lawsuits, money allegedly stolen from orphans and widows, and infidelity. It all started in November 2020 when news broke that Erika had filed for divorce after 22 years of marriage.

Despite their 33 year age difference, the news came as a surprise to "Housewives" fans. The Girardis onscreen relationship had seemingly been close and loving over the years. In the weeks following the split announcement, the news got increasingly complicated. The couple was sued for allegedly using their split to embezzle money, including allegations that his firm mishandled money from settlements for victims of a Lion Air flight settlement.

The once-esteemed attorney not only lost his license to practice law and saw his once prestigious law firm file for bankruptcy after being $101 million in debt, he went from personally being a multi-millionaire to being absolutely broke. The Los Angeles Times reported that Tom testified in court later that year, "At one point I had about 80 million or 50 million in cash. That's all gone. I don't have any money."  In the aftermath, viewers saw fellow Beverly Hills housewives question how closely they should align themselves with Erika, while the reality star also became the target of lawsuits regarding the bankruptcy of her ex's law firm.

The Real Housewives of Orange County's Shannon Beador and David Beador

"The Real Housewives of Orange County" might be home to the most housewives splits, but it's also the series that has yielded some of the most emotional divorces in franchise history. The divorce of Shannon Beador and David Beador wasn't a shock, but seeing their union dissolve on the show was still painful for viewers. 

Shannon joined the cast in 2014 for Season 9, inviting viewers into her massive OC mansion, where she resided with her husband David and their three daughters, Sophie, Stella, and Adeline. Season 10 documented Shannon's discovery that David had been unfaithful and their journey to get through it with couples therapy. Season 11 saw the couple's romantic vow renewal and attempt to resolve their issues, but ultimately, their bond couldn't be repaired.

Three years and four seasons later, she announced her split. "It's heartbreaking for me and my daughters that this is the road that had to be taken but it's the only way. I felt alone in my marriage," she said (via  People). "You need two people to make a marriage work, and that just wasn't happening in our relationship." Like other housewives, Shannon credited watching the show to helping her make the decision. "As the last year went by, it's been extremely difficult and painful to watch the show, because clearly, I was in denial about what was going on in my marriage, she told People. "Not only is it unhealthy for me, but it's unhealthy for my girls, too. They deserve a happy and joyful home, and I am providing that for them now." 

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills's Camille Grammer and Kelsey Grammer

It only took one season on reality television for Camille Grammer and Kelsey Grammer's union to crumble. The end of their 13 year marriage played out during the end of Season 1 of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," with Camille filing for divorce in July 2010. 

After Camille's brush with fame on Bravo and Kelsey's celebrity status, their split made plenty of headlines. That was largely in part to Kelsey's quick decision to move on — their divorce was finalized in February 2011, and Kelsey remarried later that month, tying the knot with British flight attendant Kayte Walsh.

For her part, Camille didn't walk away from the marriage empty handed. The reality star received a $30 million settlement. She would later reveal the couple didn't sign a prenuptial agreement on "Andy Cohen's Then and Now" in 2017, stating, "Thank God I didn't have a prenup. Thank you Kelsey. I guess you loved me at one point." And during "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Season 9 reunion, she defended the hefty settlement amount, sharing, "Well, I was married for 13 years. That's a long time ... I just felt that, you know, working — and I worked hard. I just didn't sit back, buying fancy clothes and shoving bonbons in my face. I mean, I worked hard." 

The Real Housewives of Potomac's Ashley Darby and Michael Darby

Viewers were cheering for this next one! Ashley and Michael Darby's rocky and unconventional marriage played out on every season of "The Real Housewives of Potomac," up until Season 7, during which Ashley revealed the couple, who have an age gap of 29 years, were going their separate ways. 

The original cast member announced the news via Bravo's Daily Dish in April 2022, putting out a statement that read in part, "Almost eight years ago, when Michael and I said 'I do,' we anticipated sharing every single day together from that moment forward. Unfortunately, that is not our current reality. We have decided to separate." Fans of "The Real Housewives of Potomac" saw happy times between the couple, like the welcoming of their two sons, Dean and Dylan. They saw the conflict as well. 

Michael was accused of sexual assault by a Bravo cameraman, though the allegations were dropped due to insufficient evidence. There was also a range of cheating allegations, with both men and women, that Michael faced over the years. Though many fans believed it to be the right move, Ashley addressed that the split was still very difficult for her on "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" in October 2022, sharing, "I'm having a really difficult time. Some days I do want to be with him. Other days I question it ... I'm going through an emotional rollercoaster every day."

The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice

Viewers watched a 20 year marriage end on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." However, stints in prison by both parties were likely more to blame than their time in front of the cameras. Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice faced serious legal issues that put them both in prison, Joe's punishments ultimately resulted in deportation back to Italy, effectively putting an end to their union.

The sad news of their split broke to People magazine in December 2019, though a source told the magazine at the time that divorce wasn't yet in the cards. The source said at the time, "They still love one another, but as Teresa told Andy Cohen on the WWHL special, they are separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Neither is interested in a long distance relationship."

The couple did, however, eventually legally divorce. It was finalized by September 2020, and discussed on an episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" in 2021. On the episode, Teresa raved about their divorce process, telling Joe on a phone call, "I mean, it's so nice to be finalized but I think our divorce is the easiest divorce in the whole entire world." In a confessional on that same episode, Teresa noted she knew things would be amicable, sharing, "I knew Joe would always do the right thing, because he would be thinking about our daughters. If he would hurt me, then they would be upset with him."

The Real Housewives of Orange County's Meghan King Edmonds and Jim Edmonds

A large age gap and alleged philandering ended the marriage of Meghan King Edmonds and Jim Edmonds. In a Season 10 episode of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," star Vicki Gunvalson predicted the couple's divorce down to the year, telling the former baseball pro, "Jim, talk to me in five years when you're divorced."

Fast forward to 2019, when Jim filed for divorce from the reality star in October just one day after their fifth wedding anniversary. The news wasn't exactly a shock, as the couple had endured a rocky year. Earlier that June, Jim was accused of sending inappropriate texts to a woman in 2018, while Meghan had been pregnant with their twin sons. Jim talked to US Weekly about the allegations at the time, stating, "I did send the texts, which was wrong. But I never touched this girl or ever met her until — I met her once for one minute underneath the stadium in Atlanta to find out why she wanted to set me up and was threatening to say we had an affair. For no reason other than for me to give her money."

Prior to their divorce filing in October, Meghan had also accused Jim of having an affair with their children's nanny, Carly Wilson. For her part, Wilson denied the allegations, writing via a comment on her later deleted Instagram account, "The allegations are completely false."

The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida

We watched the end of Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida's marriage go down on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" after watching it play out in front of the cameras. The couple wed in 2009, shortly before Parks joined the cast of the Bravo series for Season 3, so viewers watched the beginning of their marriage unfold. 

Nida's legal woes ultimately contributed to the demise of their marriage when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud in May 2014. He was sentenced to eight years in prison that July, and by October, Parks hired an attorney to prepare to divorce Nida. 

Parks later reminsced about the difficult time to DailyMailTV in 2019, revealing she was blindsided by his legal issues, explaining, "I had no idea what he was doing until after the news broke and I read about it in the media." She originally stood by his side after trusting in his innocence, explaining, "When I asked him if he was guilty, he said, 'no, I'm not'. So of course I tried to help him as much as I could because I believed him." Parks stated that after she found out he was untruthful and had shelled out over $100,000 in legal fees to prove his innocence, it was a wrap. "I was done. From the moment I discovered that he had done all this stuff, I was finished with that relationship," she said.

The Real Housewives of Orange County's Tamra Barney and Simon Barney

Viewers watched the very moment Tamra Judge (then Tamra Barney) asked for a divorce from Simon Barney on "The Real Housewives of Orange County" ... and most cheered her on. Judge joined the cast in Season 3, when the reality star was a stay-at-home mom of three. Marital problems played out over the years, but it wasn't until the Season 5 finale that things really imploded.

After an infamous fight in their closet over what the star would wear, tensions continued to rise in the limo ride to a party in which Judge screamed, "I want a divorce!" Barney would be the one to ultimately file for divorce in January 2010, alleging verbal abuse and adultery. The reality star was not granted spousal support when their divorce was finalized in February 2011. Though they were granted joint custody, Barney would later accuse her of neglecting their children in 2014 and a major rift between Judge and her daughter Sydney would occur. 

The Real Housewives of New York City's Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy

Bravo fans really got to know Bethenny Frankel's future husband, Jason Hoppy, as he appeared on two shows on the network. The couple's relationship began during Season 3 of "The Real Housewives of New York." Their courtship, marriage and the welcoming of their daughter Brynn happened on "Bethenny Ever After," a spinoff that ran from 2010 until 2012 (and was billed as "Bethenny Getting Married?" before the title change). 

Unfortunately, all of those cameras didn't translate to marital bliss. They would go on to have a very messy reality-television-worthy split that took eight years to finalize, beginning in January 2013 after almost three years of marriage. The reality star put out a statement at the time, which read in part: "It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating. This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family." 

That September, Frankel would open up on "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" about the divorce. When asked if there was any one reason they broke up, Frankel chalked it up to two words: "Fundamental differences."

It took eight more years for a judge to sign off on their divorce, as things got contentious with fights over custody of daughter Brynn and a restraining order granted to Frankel in 2017 over verbal threats complicated matters.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Cynthia Bailey's first "Housewives" era divorce came in 2016, when she split from Peter Thomas after six years of marriage. The romance occurred on the Bravo show, with their engagement featured on Season 3, and their wedding later that season, a glamorous affair marred by Bailey's family's disapproval of Thomas. 

Their relationship ended in 2016, with their divorce finalized in 2017. Thomas opened up about the split in an interview with Power98's Vonyetta, shedding light on the reason for their split in December 2016. "She had said it many times on the show that she doesn't believe in what I do. So if you don't believe in what I do for a living, then you don't believe in me," he said. "Basically that was the demise of our wedding, our marriage, that started four or five years ago." 

Bailey responded to these claims to Bravo's Daily Dish in 2017, sharing, "I know what I gave to this marriage, and I think I wholeheartedly supported his business ventures. I had just reached my personal breaking point. I felt like I didn't have any more to give. So for me, it's not about playing the blame game, who didn't do enough, who wasn't supportive enough. That's just not where I'm at with this divorce."

The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill

Though "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" viewers watched Cynthia Bailey delay and prepare for a COVID-era wedding to Mike Hill in 2020, all the stress didn't pay off. After two years of marriage, the couple pulled the plug on their romance. In October 2022, both parties took to social media to announce the split via Instagram Stories, writing in part, "LOVE is a beautiful thing. While we both will always have love for one another, we have decided to go our separate ways."

Bailey opened up to Page Six about the reasons for the split, citing their dual-city relationship as the main factor. "Our relationship and our marriage came with a lot of big transitions. I basically moved to a different city, a different house, started a whole new career at 55 years old. So that was all a lot of stress for me," Bailey revealed. "I think there was some incompatibility. We've always been, for the most part, in a long-distance relationship and that's not easy." 

The beauty also told the outlet that her ex Peter Thomas had reached out after news broke of her split. "He said he just wishes me the best. He told me I was a queen and that I deserve the best, so that was really, really nice," Bailey revealed.

The Real Housewives of Orange County's Vicki Gunvalson and Donn Gunvalson

The OG of the OC has seen a few relationships deteriorate on camera, but her marriage to Donn Gunvalson is arguably the most memorable Vicki Gunvalson split. Vicky filed for divorce from Donn in October 2010, on the heels of her best pal Tamra Barney's divorce. The reality star put out a statement to People magazine, which read in part, "Donn has been an important part of my life and he will continue to be. Anyone who has gone through a divorce understands that this is a personal matter and a difficult time in our lives. It's amicable and we are not at odds with one another. It's just time."

The couple had been married for 16 years, and the year prior, had renewed their vows as cameras rolled, with the footage airing during Season 5. Donn was an overall fan favorite on the series, and Vicki made a surprising revelation on "Watch What Happens Live One-on-One With Andy Cohen" in 2015, sharing, "I think Donn was an amazing man, so I'm not going to say he wasn't good for me. I think that if I had to do it all over again, I would not have divorced Donn. I know that for a fact." She stated the relationship "went sideways for multiple reasons," and they would do things differently if they could. "He was a great man, great husband," she added.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kenya Moore and Marc Daly

Kenya Moore tried to keep her union with Marc Daly pretty quiet. However, seeking privacy while starring on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star didn't help save her marriage. Though their union started out with a romantic elopement in St. Lucia in June 2017 after six months of dating, it would sadly end a little over two years later, and less than one year after they welcomed their first child together, daughter Brooklyn.

Moore released a statement to People to share the news of the dissolution of their marriage. "It is with profound sadness that I regret to inform my fans that I am divorcing my husband Marc Daly," she said. "Due to recent and ongoing circumstances, I can no longer continue in the marriage. My sole concern and focus is and will always be my daughter, Brooklyn, my miracle baby."

The couple would temporarily reunite in 2020, but Moore would eventually file for divorce in May 2021. And like many other housewives, she faced difficulties in the divorce process. A year later, it still wasn't finalized. She jokingly begged Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live," "Get me free! Get me free!"

The Real Housewives of Orange County's Gina Kirschenheiter and Matthew Kirschenheiter

Gina Kirschenheiter's split from her husband Matthew Kirschenheiter happened during her first season, Season 13, of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." The couple's divorce sadly became one of the franchise's darkest splits, though it didn't come to light until Gina's second season on the show. 

Gina revealed that Matthew had an affair that began when their youngest child was just four months old. Despite the betrayal, the couple tried to make it work. On a Season 14 episode, Gina confided to co-star and pal Emily Simpson that they went to therapy but that the affair continued behind her back.

Though the couple would reunite once more, a June 2019 altercation changed the course of their relationship for good. Gina accused Matthew of domestic abuse, with court documents revealing the harrowing story. Gina revealed, "I begged him to stop ... to calm down ... but he kept hitting me. Eventually he started to hit me on the side of the head with his open hand. When I tried to get up off of the couch, he threw me back down and began choking me. Then he started to hit me all over my body."

Things took an even darker turn after Gina temporarily escaped. She stated, "He threw me back on the couch and started hitting me again, telling me he was going to kill me. His eyes were black and nothing I could say would bring him back to reality." That encounter resulted in a restraining order. By June 2020, the divorce was final, and Gina was awarded $230,000 from Matthew.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills's Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif

This one wasn't a huge surprise! Since the beginning of the series, Bravo viewers watched as Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif bickered on camera constantly on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." By the end of Season 3, the fighting took its toll. The couple split after ten years of marriage, with Nassif filing for divorce in August 2012. 

At the time, Maloof had recently seemed optimistic about the marriage when speaking to People, sharing, "We're at that point where it's that bump in the road, [but] we're trying to work things out. I always like to keep a positive attitude and hope that we can resolve our differences." Sadly, that wasn't the case. 

The divorce turned into a nasty he-said, she-said nightmare, with Maloof's personal chef taking to social media to post photos of alleged abuse Maloof suffered at the hands of Nassif. Nassif, for his part, made his own claims that Maloof had been physically violent in the past. Fortunately, things wrapped up by November 2012, with both parties reaching a settlement they were pleased with. "We're happy to announce we have reached an agreement on a settlement," their representative said in a statement to TMZ. "We want the best for each other and we're confident we can help each other make a continuing positive impact with our children."

The Real Housewives of Orange County's Kelly Dodd and Michael Dodd

Kelly Dodd's marriage to Michael Dodd only lasted two seasons on "The Real Housewives of Orange County." After 11 years of marriage, Kelly revealed to in September 2017 that things were over. "Our marriage is over, I'm out of there! We've have problems for years and I've had enough, I'm done with our marriage," she said. "It's just a case where two people can't get along. It's best if we went our separate ways and concentrate on our daughter."

Surprisingly, Kelly didn't have to file for divorce after the announcement — she'd already filed back in 2012! In 2016, Kelly explained the situation to Entertainment Tonight. "I filed for a legal separation, and met another guy. [We] got engaged, I filed for divorce, and then me and the other guy didn't work out," she revealed. "This was three years ago ... everything's back on track." 

Kelly summed up the unique situation to in 2017, revealing, "I filed for divorce against Michael in 2012 and we never had any resolution the case is just sitting there. So I'm going to ask my attorney to file a motion so I can get a bifurcated divorce." By February 2018 the divorce was finalized, with Kelly tweeting, in a since-deleted tweet, "My divorce is final today!! Over the moon happy!" (via Bravo).

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills's Yolanda Hadid and David Foster

One of the saddest relationships to watch end on Bravo? That honor goes to Yolanda Hadid's four-year marriage to David Foster while Hadid was battling Lyme disease and other health issues. "Sadly, we have decided to go our separate ways. We've shared nine beautiful and joyous years together," the couple told People in 2015. "During that time we experienced love, friendship and the inevitable challenges that come with managing a marriage, careers, blended families, and health issues."

Hadid would later elaborate in 2017 that her Lyme disease diagnosis was the main reason for the split. "All of a sudden all of the things we shared, all of the things we used to love to do together, go for walks in the morning, having a studio in the house and blasting music all day, having dinner parties, that all shut down," she told People. "I couldn't participate in that life anymore." According to The Blast, their divorce became final in October 2017. 

The Real Housewives of Orange County's Jeana Keough and Matt Keough

Jeana Keough, one of the original stars of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," lived with husband Matt Keough even though they were separated. Their confusing timeline kicked off in 1984, when the couple were married. According to court documents reported by The Blast, Matt filed for legal separation in 2004 — two years before "The Real Housewives of Orange County" debuted with Jeana as one of the stars. 

The couple's rocky romance was a plot point on the show. Jeana opened up about their unconventional marriage at BravoCon in 2019, telling People their problems started decades prior. "The minute he got injured in 1992, he was not the same person. From 1992, he woke up, he didn't like me," she revealed. "I'm kind of not what he wants. He needs peace and quiet and I had a house full of crazy kids and their friends ... and he's been alone for a long time. He prefers the company of himself." 

In perhaps one of the lengthiest Housewives divorces of all time, Jeana revealed that she finally signed divorce papers in 2019. "Last week, I signed the divorce papers. Fourteen years later. We were really apart for our 27 married — no, 32 married years — we were apart for maybe 22? I wanted to be there for him, if he didn't have a voice, I wanted to give him a voice." She told People that same weekend, "I'm ready to date."

The Real Housewives of Orange County's Alexis Bellino and Jim Bellino

Another "The Real Housewives of Orange County" split? Despite a seemingly picture perfect life and marriage, Alexis Bellino and Jim Bellino eventually divorced five years after she left the show. The news broke in June 2018 with a statement to Us Weekly. "It is with heavy hearts that we inform the public of our mutual decision to end our marriage — but it's important to us that you know we made this choice together," the couple said. "We strongly support each other just as we have since the beginning of our relationship." 

It was Jim who filed for divorce while also requesting spousal support. Jim had previously had money problems that resulted in filing for bankruptcy in 2010. Their divorce was finalized by August 2018, with The Blast reporting that Jim's request for spousal support was denied. He was required to pay $10,000 a month in spousal support in addition to $6,000 a month per child in child support. The couple had three children together. 

The Real Housewives of New York City's Luann de Lesseps and Count Alex de Lesseps

Luann de Lesseps started "The Real Housewives of New York City" as a Countess, thanks to her marriage to Count Alex de Lesseps. But their 16-year marriage ended after two seasons of the Bravo hit show. In 2009, news broke that Alex was requesting a divorce. At the time, Luann opened up to People magazine, revealing that she received a shocking email that initiated the end of their 16-year marriage.

"It said that he had met someone and they were serious," Luann said of the email. She went on to share that they had been separate for almost three months, but that fact didn't make things easier. "I was devastated. I knew that we were kind of separating, but I was hoping that things were going to work out," she said.

Their divorce was back in the news in 2018, when it was revealed by Us Weekly that Alex and the couple's children were suing Luann over a breach in the divorce deal. The lawsuit was brought up in Season 11, where Luann explained she attempted to move to upstate New York but was blocked by her family. "The children didn't like that very much. They stopped me with their father by putting a hold on it legally," she said. That legal issue ended the reality star's sobriety streak, as she added on the episode, "That really was upsetting to me and so that kind of threw me off the rails and I kind of had a relapse and had to go back to rehab."

The Real Housewives of New York City's Luann de Lesseps and Tom D'Agostino

While her first onscreen divorce was surprising, eagle-eyed Bravo fans weren't shocked by this next split. Luann de Lesseps second on-camera marriage to Tom D'Agostino was fodder for a lot of Season 8 and Season 9 "The Real Housewives of New York City" drama before their eventual divorce. Are you curious why the split was such a major plot point on the Bravo series? D'Agostino had previously been linked to not one but two of de Lesseps's co-stars — Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer. Upon news of de Lesseps and D'Agostino's engagement, Singer spoke to the Daily Mail, confirming she'd dated him, but hadn't known about his past with Morgan, sharing. "I had no clue, no clue at all, that he'd gone out with Sonja. Otherwise I never would have dated him," she said.

D'Agostino and de Lesseps's marriage only lasted seven months. She announced their split on Twitter in August 2017, writing, "It's with great sadness that Tom & I agreed to divorce. We care for each other very much, hope you respect our privacy during this sad time!" The reality star would later open up to People magazine about the split, revealing, "This has been one of the toughest times of my life — that, and getting divorced the first time. I have a sense of failure, and I hate to fail. I wake up at night, and my bed feels empty now that he's gone."

The Real Housewives of Miami's Lisa Hochstein and Lenny Hochstein

"The Real Housewives of Miami" star Lisa Hochstein seemed to have the perfect marriage to plastic surgeon Lenny Hochstein. Their seemingly picture-perfect marriage was on display in 2012's Season 2 of "The Real Housewives of Miami" and when the show was rebooted for Season 4 on Peacock in 2021. So when Lenny exclusively told Page Six that the couple was splitting in May 2022, the news was quite a shock. 

"Lisa and I are getting divorced ... This is a very difficult time, and I would ask for some privacy so that we can best take care of our children who mean the world to us." The surgeon was candid about their split, explaining they had thought about splitting over the last few years, but tried to stay together for the kids. He also denied that reality television contributed to their split, stating, "Our issues have nothing to do with the filming of the show." Lisa told People through a spokesperson that she had been "blindsided" when Lenny publicly announced the split.

The Real Housewives of New York City's Ramona Singer and Mario Singer

Though many of these "Housewives" splits weren't total shockers, the end of Ramona Singer and Mario Singer's marriage on "The Real Housewives of New York" came as a surprise. The couple ended their 22-year marriage after putting it on display for six seasons after Ramona allegedly caught her husband cheating. 

A source told People magazine in January 2014, "She saw him [at the couple's Hamptons home] with the girlfriend and made a big scene and called the police." Ramona put out a statement of her own to People at the time, which read in part, "This is a personal and private matter for our family. For my daughter Avery's sake, I would appreciate everyone respecting our privacy during this difficult time." She would go on to file for divorce that same month. 

Though the couple temporarily reconciled, Mario continued to see his mistress, and Ramona resumed divorce proceedings that August. That month, she told People magazine she kicked him out of their family home the previous month after he was seen with another woman. She told the outlet, "I tried to make my marriage work because I have strong values and I believe that people make mistakes. But you reach a point where you realize the other person isn't putting in as much effort as you are. And I reached my breaking point." Their divorce was eventually finalized in September 2016.