Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise has been a gift and curse for the women who appear on the shows. Many of the women have become overnight celebrities, gaining book deals and being paid for appearances. While they soak in their success and live the high life, it appears that all of the fame takes its toll on many of the housewives’ marriages. The curse of reality television has not skipped over the Real Housewives franchise as more than ten couples have ended their marriage either during or after appearing on the show. It seems like certain cities are affected more than others, as Orange County has had four divorces while New Jersey has only had one. Whatever the reason may be, it’s always tough to have your dirty laundry aired for the whole world to see, but I guess that’s the price you pay when you want to be a star. Here is a list of eleven couples from the Real Housewives franchise that decided to call it quits.
11. Vicki and Donn Gunvalson- Orange County
After 16 years of marriage, Orange County housewife, Vicki Gunvalson filed for divorce from her husband Donn in October of 2013. This OC couple was not shy to air their dirty laundry on the reality show, which showed the relationship become progressively worse before the divorce announcement. When their divorce was finally settled in the beginning of 2014, both parties left the relationship with deep pockets. Vicki was awarded $886,459 in assets and the Coto De Caza, California home while Donn was awarded $633,058 in assets and a home in Irvine, California as well.
10. Porsha Williams and Kordell Stewart- Atlanta
Atlanta housewife, Porsha Williams had a quick marriage to NFL star, Kordell Stewart. The two were married in May of 2011 and Stewart filed for divorce in March of 2013. Williams walked away from the marriage empty handed, leaving Stewart with his two properties, two vehicles, retirement benefits and not having to pay a dime of alimony. Williams cleared up the whole ordeal, stating that reports of “poor Porsha” are false since she did not ask for anything from Stewart, as she just wanted the divorce to be over in order to move on.
9. Jeana and Matt Keough- Orange County
OC housewife, Jeana Keough, who is also an Orange County real estate agent, divorced retired MLB pitcher, Matt Keough during the fifth season of the Real Housewives of Orange County. This original Orange County housewife was the first in the OC to go through a divorce in front of the cameras. The previous seasons of the reality show aired the couple’s tumultuous relationship which made it no surprise when we all heard they were getting divorced. The couple has three children together, Shane, Kara and Colton.
8. Lynne and Frank Curtin- Orange County
Orange County housewife, Lynne Curtin could not save her marriage to her husband Frank, after all of the financial troubles that were aired on the reality show. The couple was even shown being served an eviction notice during season five. In 2012, Lynne filed for divorce to end her twenty-two year marriage citing “irreconcilable differences” while also asking for spousal support since she claims to only make $3,000 per year from her jewelry line. The couple has two daughters together.
7. Dina and Tommy Manzo- New Jersey
New Jersey housewife, Dina Manzo announced last year that she was divorcing her husband Tommy. Tommy Manzo is the younger brother to Albert Manzo, who is Dina’s sister, Caroline’s husband. Dina took a break from the New Jersey Housewives, but is now back for season six. With Dina’s return, her sister Caroline is not returning, as the two are still in the midst of their falling out. Dina has spoken about the new season, saying she will be returning to the dating scene in front of the cameras.
6. Tamra and Simon Barney- Orange County
In 2010, OC housewife, Tamra Barney split up with her then husband, Simon. The couple had been married for eleven years and viewers of the reality show began to see their marriage crumble before the official filing for divorce. The split was a nasty one with Simon claiming Tamra to be verbally abusive, unfaithful and a changed woman after appearing on the reality show. The two have three children together which did not make the divorce any easier, since they are still dealing with custody disputes.
5. Kelsey and Camille Grammer- Beverly Hills
Real housewife of Beverly Hills, Camille Grammer called it quits with her then husband, Kelsey Grammer on July 1, 2010. The couple had been married for thirteen years and Camille was in the middle of filming the first season of the Beverly Hills Housewives when she found out about her husband’s new love. The divorce was not a smooth transaction, as the couple fought for nearly two years over the custody of their two children and money. They had assets that added up to $60 million and Camille reportedly walked away with half of it.
4. LuAnn and Alexandre de Lesseps- New York
In 2009, New York housewife, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and her husband Count Alexandre, decided to go through with their divorce after Alexandre e-mailed LuAnn to tell her that he met an Ethiopian woman in Geneva. The two had been married for sixteen years and have two children together, Victoria and Noel. LuAnn has admitted that it was a very difficult time for her, especially since her book had just come out that had a chapter about “how to get a man and stay in love.” Despite her rough patch, LuAnn has stated that she will always be the Countess.
3. Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif- Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills housewife, Adrienne Maloof filed for divorce from her plastic surgeon husband, Paul Nassif in August of 2012. The two had been married for ten years and viewers of the reality show saw Maloof and Nassif go down a rocky road. The couple have three children together, which turned the divorce into a nasty one when Maloof decided to seek primary custody over the children, citing that Nassif had choked one of them. The divorce was finally settled in August of 2013, with both parties stating that they are happy to be able to move forward with their lives and focus on raising their children.
2. Taylor and Russell Armstrong – Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills housewife, Taylor Armstrong spoke of the turbulent relationship that her and her husband, Russell had, even making statements of how he was physically abusive to her on several occasions. One month after Taylor had filed for divorce to end their six year marriage, Russell committed suicide, as he was found hanged in the bedroom he was staying in at a friend’s house. There were reports that Russell was in great distress not just from the divorce, but he had been recently hit with a $1.5 million breach of contract lawsuit which piled on top of his huge debt issues. There were also reports of Taylor filing for divorce in order to keep her place on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, as Russell had been threatening to sue the show over comments made about him, and producers of the show were about to dump the couple as they were creating more trouble than they were really worth.
1. NeNe and Gregg Leakes- Atlanta
Atlanta housewife, NeNe Leakes has taken viewers on a rollercoaster ride when it comes to her relationship with Gregg Leakes. The couple had first met in 1996 and ended their thirteen year long marriage in 2011. At the time of the divorce Gregg had spoken out on how he had invested $300,000 into NeNe in order to get her where she is today, being as he had met her when she worked at an Atlanta club as an exotic dancer by the name of Silk. The couple has seemed to let bygones be bygones, since on June 22, 2013, the couple said “I Do” for a second time. It’s good to see a relationship get a happy ending on reality television.
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