It's the end of an era for this Bravo couple, but I can't say that I'm surprised.
On Friday Shannon Beador confirmed that she had separated from her husband of 17 years, David around a month ago. She confirmed the news to People ahead of The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion taping today.
Mrs Beador issued this statement:
"After much thought and careful consideration, David and I have made the difficult decision to separate, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to raising our three daughters. This is not the future we envisioned, and we kindly ask for privacy, especially for our children, during this transitional time.”
This announcement comes after their troubled marriage had been documented on the show. Shannon and David have shown viewers everything in their marriage from his affair, to their vowel renewal last year and now their unexpected struggle as a result of Vicki Gunvalson's allegation that David "beat the shit out of Shannon." I don't believe that is the reason they broke up but I don't think their marriage was strong enough to handle it.
Shannon continued her statement: “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. You can do what you can to keep your family together, but you have to have willing parties. You need two people to make a marriage work, and that just wasn’t happening in our relationship." "This is not the path that I thought that I would be taking. To come from the highest of the highs last year to go to such a low so quickly? At the beginning when it starts to crumble, you think, ‘This is just a phase. It’ll get better.’ But it never did.”
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The couple have three children together: Sophie, 15, and twins Stella and Adeline, 12. This tea really is heartbreaking and my heart goes to Shannon. Even though it is a sad time they need to break up because neither one of them was happy in their marriage. Shannon told People this about her children:
“As a mother, I want to be a good role model for my daughters. Three years ago I was proud of what I showed them, because I fought for keeping my family together after infidelity. 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. I was taking things out on other people instead of at home … As a mother you keep thinking about your daughters and you have to say, ‘This is an unhealthy environment.’ 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.”
I'm so happy to see that Shannon has reflected on herself and seen that she doesn't need David to make her happy and she admits that she has been in denial. Good for you Shannon! The RHOC season 13 cast hasn't been announced yet but if Shannon is divorcing David then I think there's a pretty good chance that she'll be back next season.
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