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Shannon Beador: Reality TV Is Screwing Up My Relationship!

Shannon Beador is in the middle of a messy, contentious divorce, but she also has a new boyfriend.

While she wants to ban David Beador from appearing on The Real Housewives of Orange County, fans would love to see her new romance captured by Bravo's cameras.

But apparently, fans won't be seeing her new love on TV. Here's why:

Shannon Beador Selfie

According to RadarOnline, Shannon Beador is very aware that everything about her, her life, her family, and her acrimonious divorce are under a microscope.

"Every single aspect of Shannon’s life is on public display."

That goes with the territory of being a reality star.

But while she's mostly okay with it, she is seeking to keep her new boyfriend, Alex, off-screen.

"So she wanted this to just be between the two of them."

That is absolutely understandable.

Shannon Beador and Boyfriend Alex

Shannon, the report says, is not the only one who feels this way.

"And Alex agreed."

In fact, it sounds like this was as much his wish as hers.

"He doesn’t want to be on camera."

Not everyone is cut out for a life as a reality star.

"And neither of them are interested in him appearing on RHOC."

That's good. Besides, Shannon has plenty of storyline without him.

Shannon Beador and Daughters, 2018

That said, though Shannon's family and divorce and weight loss journey and friendships will probably be the focus, we can expect to at least hear about him.

"Shannon does talk about Alex and references her newfound relationship on the upcoming season."

That's good. Fans will want to stay updated and we're sure that she wants to share. Just ... up to a point.

"She is keeping him to herself right now and is keeping their relationship out of the spotlight."

That is totally fair.

"The two of them are very happy together and are quite serious already."

Reports say that he has even met her daughters. It sounds like they're really getting along well.

"They just complement each other very well."

Shannon Beador and David Beador, Selfie

We should note that David got himself a hot, younger girlfriend several months ago.

Some wonder if Shannon may end up getting into trouble, as her fellow Real Housewife, Kenya Moore (of RHOA), did.

See, Kenya married her husband, Marc Daly, in secret. She did not tell anyone or invite Bravo's cameras.

Not only did she force the cameras to miss this major life milestone, but Marc refused to appear on camera.

For an entire season, she seemed to be on the brink of losing her job. (Marc actually changed his mind and surprised her with an on-air appearance)

Will Shannon repeat that mistake?

Well ... probably not. Right now, she and Alex are still dating. Bravo's cameras don't have to capture every aspect of your life.

If she and Alex get engaged, then yes, they will have to talk about him appearing on the show.

Shannon Beador Rocking Out

(This might be our favorite photo of Shannon. The context, in which she was on a date with Alex to see a Poison concert, doesn't matter)

We're glad that Shannon is finding happiness and we of course wish her the best in this new relationship.

As fans learn more and more about David Beador's cruel treatment of Shannon, they're happier about the couple's divorce.

But it sounds like it's going to be a long fight. Remember, David reportedly had the water turned off at her house out of spite, and is said to have yelled obscenities at her in the courthouse.

We hope that this time with Alex can give her the happiness that she deserves.

Vicki Gunvalson Blocks Son-in-Law on FaceTime in Latest Family Beef

Sunday was Mother's Day. That's a day near and dear to many hearts, and Real Housewives are no exception.

But apparently Vicki Gunvalson was very busy that day. Too busy to FaceTime with her young grandsons.

When her son-in-law called her out on it on social media, she blocked him. Wow.

Vicki Gunvalson at Home

Vicki commented on a photo of her daughter, Briana, and Briana's husband, Ryan Culberson. They are the parents to her two grandchildren, Troy and Owen.

"Miss you guys."

Replying publicly, son-in-law Ryan wrote:

"Your grandkids tried to FaceTime you 20 times yesterday. Glad to see you’re still alive!"

That is ... incendiary, to say the least.

When someone replied that it was a "burn," Ryan replied:

"She blocked me after this."

Vicki Gunvalson on Instagram

Others were able to see and confirm that Vicki was no longer following Ryan on Instagram.

On her own page, Vicki wrote about Mother's Day, saying:

"I had such a beautiful Mother’s Day yesterday with @stevelodge_oc family and @mikewolfsmith and @danigoldenstate."

She did not forget her daughter Briana or her grandchildren, obviously.

"Missed Briana across the miles but know she has a good day with her family."

And she showed her appreciation for her flowers.

"Thanks to my kids for the beautiful roses from @passionroses. #thankful #mothersday #passionroses"

So she spent Mother's Day being busy ... but still got shamed for not answering the phone.

Vicki Gunvalson is Not Impressed

A number of fans leapt to Vicki's defense.

One day of being unreachable -- especially a day in which you are being celebrated -- hardly seems like an excuse for a public attack by your own family.

(Especially because, let's be honest, we're talking about a grandmother -- Vicki probably doesn't cling to her phone the way that most of us do)

Even though Kelly Dodd and Vicki have been feuding, Kelly came to Vicki's defense on Twitter.

"Vicki and I have had our differences but this I know for sure!! she is an excellent Mother and Grandmother!"

When someone asked if she had further thoughts on Vicki's son-in-law's statement, Kelly wrote:

"I don’t think you should write anything via social media!"

Vicki Gunvalson grandson Troy

In a post that many fans saw as an attempt to quiet the rumors of this new family feud, Vicki shared a picture of her eldest grandson, Troy.

"Where has the time gone? My sweet little Troy is graduating kindergarten next week."

She then included plenty of tags.

"#myfirstgrandson #almost6 #lovehischeeks #kindergarten #ca2nc"

Does this mean that she and Ryan made nice behind the scenes?

Or is she just trying to prove to her followers and fans that she's not a neglectful grandmother?

Vicki Gunvalson at the Reunion Special

Being away from family can put a strain on your relationship.

Briana and Ryan moved to North Carolina because Briana had never been especially happy in Orange County.

Though they chose a remote property with a lot of wooded surroundings, the couple is said to not be too far from Raleigh.

So they're probably too far out of the way for convenient takeout options, but close enough to a major city for good schools, plenty of first-rate university options, a major airport, and, in the case of an emergency, a few world-class hospitals.

And they also get the benefit of not living in a desert hellscape.

But Vicki misses them -- and we're sure that she misses her grandbabies.

We hope that Troy and Owen can understand that their grandmother being busy on Mother's Day does not mean that she doesn't love them.

Maybe someone can explain that to Ryan, too.

David Beador: Cruel, Vile Text Messages to Shannon Beador Exposed

Shannon Beador's divorce is in full swing. And we'd heard that David Beador was furious over how much he's paying Shannon each month.

But it looks like there's been more behind-closed-doors nastiness that no one's seen until now.

David and Shannon Beador in 2015

Some of David's private text messages to Shannon have been revealed, and they are heartbreakingly cruel.

Back in September, The Real Housewives of Orange County star and her husband separated after reportedly living separate lives for a long, long time.

In October, they made it official, filing for divorce.

What was initially going to be an amicable divorce, complete with the couple continuing to do activities with their three teenage daughters on a regular basis, broke down into a deeply acrimonious divorce.

Shannon Beador Interviewed by Jeff Lewis

By December, Shannon was tired of David's behavior and started being more aggressive in the divorce.

Though it was reported that David was "shaking with anger" and cursing at Shannon after the court ruled on how much child support and spousal support he would need to pay Shannon, fans may be shocked when they hear these explosive text messages.

Shannon Beador did an interview with Jeff Lewis, Jenni Pulos, and Gage on Andy Cohen's SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy.

And ... it seems like Shannon ended up getting a little blindsided, because Jeff Lewis had some text messages that she had received that she apparently hadn't realized that she'd sent to him.

Shannon Beador, David, and Daughters

"You accidentally sent me a few texts of a conversation between you and David," Jeff tells her. "I wanted to prove to the listeners how David has moved on."

David Beador has a young, hot girlfriend, but that's not what Jeff means.

Jenni Pulos reads the texts, which are attributed to David, and they are stomach-churning.

"F--k you. So tired of you. You f--king disgust me. F--k you. What do you have to do? Eat? Because you can’t get off your fat ass."

This isn't the first time that we've heard of David fat-shaming his ex for her (genuinely minor) weight gain. It's said that David stopped loving her when she became "fat."

Shannon Beador and David Beador, Selfie

Shannon responded with shock -- not over the content of the texts, but over the fact that Jeff had them.

"Oh my gosh you guys. What do you mean I sent that to you? Are you kidding me? Oh my God. Oh my God. That was a couple months ago."

She says that she's not receiving texts of that nature from David now.

Jenni went on to read yet another text.

"World ending tonight? You get out of your pajamas today? Sleep ’til two. The sad part is your b--ch behavior is normal for you. F--k you."

David and Shannon Beador, Sports Photo

Shannon protests, saying: "Stop it, you guys!"

But those texts are pretty horrifying.

It's always strange to hear anyone judge or dislike someone else for what they allegedly eat or what time of day they wake up.

(In fact, some would question what the point of being a millionaire is if you don't sleep until the afternoon)

It's worse to hear those messages sent from someone who spent years married to the recipient, who once loved her.

Shannon Beador Out For Blood

Some people can't fall out of love without falling into hate.

To be clear, we can't vouch for the veracity of these text messages. Shannon indicated that they were the real deal, however.

It looks like there are a couple of possibilities for how this came up.

One, it could be that Shannon was trying to send a screenshot of them to her attorney and accidentally sent them to Jeff Lewis.

She's 53 and, honestly, even the most tech-savvy Millennial or Gen Z could get distracted and do the same.

Two, however, it could always be that Shannon had quietly arranged for her own on-air ambush in order to leak the texts while playing innocent.

Considering the content of those alleged text messages, who could blame her?

The Real Housewives of Orange County: New Cast Revealed!

Being a Real Housewife means fame and one hell of a paycheck, but there's a high turnover rate between seasons.

We've already reported who's out in The Real Housewives of Orange County's latest cast shakeups -- but who's in?

Take a look!

Emily Moore Simpson

We have new information about the RHOC cast, and it's not about Shannon Beador's divorce.

RadarOnline reports that Emily Moore Simpson is one of the new additions to the cast for this new season.

Emily Moore Simpson has actually been featured on The Real Housewives of Orange County before -- or, at least, her company has.

She and her sister-in-law run a party-planning business, and they have a little "as featured on" banner on their site.

Emily is also a licensed attorney.

Apparently this erstwhile Ohio girl is a hit with some of her new costars, as RadarOnline reports that "Shannon and Kelly get along with Emily marvelously."

Shannon Beador and Kelly Dodd are, of course, part of the returning cast.

Gina Kirschenheiter

Gina Kirschenheiter is another new name.

She's a little enigmatic, even for a newcomer.

But RadarOnline reports that she's no stranger to the cast.

"Gina and Tamra have been friends for a very long time, and Tamra recruited her on the show."

It's also been whispered that Gina's friend, Tatiana Beene, will also be joining the cast, but that isn't even a little bit confirmed.

The Real Housewives of Orange County Reunion Shot

Lydia McLaughlin has quit the show ... again. That's her version, anyway.

She says that she quit because she can only handle one season at a time without feeling overwhelmed. Which is interesting, since rumor had suggested that her name was on Bravo's chopping block.

Meghan King Edmonds quit RHOC, too.

She said that it's because she's pregnant and because IVF has really done a number on her. That may be so.

But there was a report that she got fired for trying to use her pregnancy to leverage more money out of producers. That would appear to have backfired.

Finally, Peggy Sulahian was ousted from the series.

It turns out that being an infamous homophobe who allegedly tried to have her own (gay) brother dragged out of their father's funeral didn't win her a lot of fans.

Also, she just did not make for good television.

Real Housewives Cast

We have to wonder how these new additions will shake up the dynamics on the show.

Shannon and Kelly are apparently really hitting things off with Emily.

And Tamra is already close to Gina.

Given the reports that Shannon and Tamra are feuding as part of the fallout of Shannon's divorce, we could be seeing new Real Housewife factions forming already.

And how will Vicki Gunvalson, who is definitely returning, fit into all of this?

Gina Kirschenheiter, No Makeup

Technically, these new additions to the cast have yet to be officially confirmed.

Bravo has declined to comment on casting "rumors."

But we should mention that Gina Kirschenheiter's Instagram, which only goes back a few days -- which you might expect from someone who created her Instagram in anticipation of becoming a reality star -- features a hint.

Beside a makeup-free selfie, she wrote:

"First post as the 'real gina kirschenheiter.'"

That strikes many as a major clue, if not an outright confirmation.

Shannon Beador: Feuding with Tamra Judge Over Friendship with David Beador?

We know how much financial support Shannon Beador's receiving each month, but we also know that this is court-ordered. She and David are divorcing ... and things are not amicable.

But you know who seems to get along just fine with Shannon's ex? Her "friend," Tamra Judge.

And Shannon is reportedly furious over this betrayal.

Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge

A source tells RadarOnline that Shannon feels betrayed by Tamra Judge, because Tamra's husband Eddie is still hanging out with David Beador despite this contentious divorce.

Considering how hostile things are with David right now, every time that Shannon sees evidence that Eddie and David are still bro-ing out, she feels betrayed.

"Shannon thinks that it is really messed up."

In her view, Tamra -- who knows what it's like to get divorced -- should put her foot down about Eddie's continued association with David.

"She does not understand why Tamra allows Eddie to hang out with David when she is supposed to be her best friend in the world."

David Beador and Eddie Judge Hang Out

Evidence like this photo, which features both Eddie and David, reportedly drives Shannon up the wall.

From the start of the divorce, Tamra has made a big show of being Team Shannon.

She voiced her support for Shannon on social media.

And she even tipped off Shannon, it's said, to the existence of David Beador's young hot new girlfriend.

"Tamra was the first one to tell Shannon about Lesley, and even called him out on New Year’s Eve when she learned that he spent the holiday with his new girlfriend!"

And one has to wonder if Tamra only knew this because of Eddie's continued association with David.

Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Meghan Edmonds

This report goes onto say that Tamra has been very defensive about this.

"Tamra told Shannon that she really had no idea that David and Eddie were still hanging out."

That seems to be a hard pill to swallow, as the two men aren't exactly being covert.

Shannon, it seems, doesn't believe it.

"She thinks that Tamra isn’t telling the truth, because there is so much proof that David and Eddie are still close."

It is, as we said, hard to miss.

Shannon Beador, David, and Daughters

To make this situation stranger, Tamra and Shannon are supposed to be best friends.

Tamra is a fitness guru and helped Shannon lose weight after Shannon put on a modest amount of weight thanks to stress.

And Tamra is personally aware of how stressful divorces can be.

Tamra is estranged from her daughter, who accused her mother of emotional abuse -- which she says was particularly bad as she was getting divorce.

(She would allegedly make negative statements about Simon Barnes to her children and, when she was unhappy with them, she would allegedly call them "Simon" to compare them to her hated ex)

So it's not like Tamra thinks that divorce isn't a big deal.

Shannon Beador and Her Daughters

Shannon is understandably under a lot of stress as she tries to go through this contentious divorce while looking after her three teenage daughters.

It was reported by someone close to Shannon that David became so petty after a recent support ruling that he had the water turned off to Shannon's house -- cutting off water to his daughters, too.

That's not a sign of a healthy divorce process. And neither are reports that David was seen in the courthouse, shaking with fury and yelling hateful profanities at Shannon.

Divorce is zero fun.

Shannon Beador: Getting HOW Much Support Each Month from David?

Though Shannon accused David Beador of hiding money during their divorce, it was rumored that he was going to have to pay through the nose in spousal support.

A new, much more official report says that the amount ended up being less than initially reported. Still, it looks like plenty for Shannon and for her daughters.

But even that payment reduction hasn't prevented David from allegedly retaliating in petty ways that impact his own children.

Shannon Beador, David, and Daughters

Things looked bad for the Beadors for a while -- from David's affair a few years ago to his intensely negative response to Shannon's minor weight gain.

It was only in late 2017 that they actually took the steps to dissolve their union.

Shannon filed for divorce, because she and David had been living separate lives anyway.

But they've been married for a long time, and they share three teenage daughters -- Sophie, Adeline, and Stella.

Even while the divorce is ongoing, David is legally obligated to make both spousal support payments and child support payments.

So ... how much is Shannon getting right now?

David and Shannon Beador, Sports Photo

Previously, RadarOnline had reported that Shannon Beador's child and spousal support came in the amount of $30,000 per month.

That was $12,000 a month in child support, and $18,000 per month in spousal support, based upon the time that the girls spend with each parent and upon how much both parents make.

That is a lot of money, and we don't just mean to those of us who are mere mortals. Even among the wealthiest Americans, paying this amount in support every month is definitely on the high side.

David certainly thought that the amount was high, as he was reportedly furious over it.

But it looks like, as is so often the case during a contentious divorce, the winds have shifted.

Shannon Beador and Her Daughters

People reports that David now has to pay "only" $22,500 each month.

That is a tremendous amount of money in spousal and child support, but not at the level of $30,000.

This is a temporary payment order to ensure that Shannon and her daughters (of whom she has joint physical and legal custody) continue to live their lives until the divorce is finalized.

(It is not uncommon for the primary breadwinner in an acrimonious divorce to attempt to financially starve their soon-to-be-ex so that they cannot afford to hire a good attorney and may agree to any settlement just to receive regular payments)

David was reportedly spewing profanities at Shannon after court, which is ... not a great look.

Shaking with anger, he reportedly declared that the ruling would bankrupt his business.

If you believe Shannon's claim that he's hiding money in order to lower the amount that he's required to pay, then you might guess that this is all smoke and mirrors.

David and Shannon Beador in 2015

We mentioned earlier that he had seemed determined to retaliate.

When the court ruled that Shannon would be responsible for all of her expenses from that point forward, David reportedly shut off the water at her home.

Which, yes, means that he (allegedly) shut off the water at the house where his daughters are living. Which is just gross.

He has not commented on this allegation.

Shannon, however, refuses to openly condemn him.

"As David and I continue our divorce proceedings," she say. "I’m doing everything I can to move things efficiently along so that our three children are not subjected to unnecessary stress during an already difficult time."

Shannon continues, choosing her words very carefully in a way that won't be turned against her in court. Smart woman.

“I want to be as fair as possible. I remain focused on a clean resolution and have no interest in engaging in a war of words."

Shannon Beador, Family

Some might ask why David would be so furious over paying for his daughters, or how anyone could be so petty as to (allegedly!) turn off the water at the home where his own children live.

To add to that, we've heard that David believes that Shannon is keeping his kids from him by badmouthing him.

Insiders, however, say that his children know that he cheated on their mother and have witnessed his behavior over the past couple of years, and that any resentments that they have towards their father is of his own making.

Is this kind of spiteful move over a water bill his idea of winning over his daughters? It's hard to believe that he's written them off as "enemies."

We just don't know.

Shannon Beador: Wait, HOW Many Times Did David Cheat on Her?

To no one's surprise, the briefly amicable divorce between Shannon and David Beador is turning very, very ugly.

David has been trying to push the narrative that starring on The Real Housewives of Orange County made Shannon an alcoholic, so he should get more time with them.

Shannon is hitting back -- and David's getting accused of having multiple affairs.


This is one nasty divorce.

David decided to accuse Shannon of drinking too much, and even went so far as to allege that she's not encouraging the couple's three daughters, Adeline, Sophie, and Stella to spend time with him.

(That second part might be a divorce tactic ... but some wonder if that's also what David tells himself to explain why his daughters may be unhappy with him)

RadarOnline report that Shannon's friends are eager to expose David Beador's bad behavior -- because they're incensed about his unkind words.

"Shannon’s friends and family are so angry about all of this. She’s a great mom!"

And they have specific ammunition in mind when it comes to firing back.

Shannon Beador and David Beador, Selfie

The source continues:

"Plus, everyone knows that David cheated on Shannon with more women than just one."

Famously, David had a lengthy affair with a family friend a few years ago.

"They are determined to prove more affairs because his credibility will, once again, be shot."

They say that David can't keep his secrets buried forever.

"Orange County isn’t the kind of place where things go unnoticed, nor is it a place where people can keep secrets!"

Well, plenty of people might keep secrets living anywhere, but that becomes harder when you're in the spotlight -- and the husband of a Real Housewife is certainly in the spotlight.

David and Shannon Beador, Sports Photo

The couple returned to court Friday to continue to argue over spousal support.

As you may recall, Shannon accused David of hiding money during their divorce -- a very common tactic.

But while we're sure that the conflict between these two will continue as this divorce grows more contentious, they were ordered to sit down for a settlement conference beforehand.

No one's holding their breath for that to resolve everything, however.

In the mean time, David is facing more consequences for his accusations against Shannon's alleged drinking than just angering Shannon's friends.

Shannon Beador and Her Daughters

RadarOnline also reports that Shannon Beador's daughters are standing by their mother.

"The girls are honestly old enough to make up their own minds and them wanting to be with their mom is a direct result of how their father treated their mother."

Sophie is 16, while twins Stella and Adeline are each 12.

As we all heard, David stopped loving Shannon when she gained weight, and this led to the two of them leading separate lives.

Difficult to imagine for anyone who married their spouse out of love instead of for their body.

Also, apparently the girls still haven't forgiven David for cheating on their mother.

"For years they had to witness their fighting, and they were there for the entire time that their father cheated on their mom, as well as the aftermath it caused. They vowed to never let a man treat them that way."

David and Shannon Beador in 2015

The source continues, praising Shannon's children.

"That being said, those girls are stronger than they have ever been and are going to continue to support their mom because of what they are going through."

David, in the mean time, appears to be complaining in legal documents because Shannon isn't forcing their daughters to spend time with him.

It doesn't sound like his daughters loved the way that he treated their mom during the marriage.

It's hard to imagine that they're loving how he's treating her during the divorce.

David Beador: Shannon Drinks Too Much, Keeps Me From My Kids

We didn't think it was possible...

... but things have turned even uglier between Shannon Beador and David Beador.

According to explosive legal documents, the estranged husband of this Real Housewives of Orange County cast member isn't just sitting back and letting the reality star say mean things about him.

David and Shannon Beador in 2015

David is fighting back.

First, a refresher on the status of this formerly happy couple:

Shannon announced in October that she was filing for divorce from her husband of 17 years, not even pretending at the time that the split was amicable.

“It’s heartbreaking for me and my daughters that this is the road that had to be taken but it’s the only way,” the Bravo personality told the world at the time, adding:

"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 statement, and this divorce decision, came after Shannon revealed to Real Housewives viewers on Season 10 that David had been unfaithful.

Shannon Beador and David Beador

About six weeks after she confirmed her break-up, Shannon filed new legal documents that sought full legal custody of her three daughters and which aimed to "take [David] for everything he's got."

It was contentious then.

And it's only grown more contentious since, according to Radar Online.

The celebrity gossip site has obtained paper submitted to Orange County Superior Court in which David demands fifty percent custody of 15-year old Sophie and 12-year old Twins Stella and Adeline.

These papers were filed on March 9 and they also accuse Shannon of basically turning the kids against their father.

David and Shannon Beador, Sports Photo

Writes David in his documents:

"Since separation, the children, on several occasions have refused to talk or see me.

"This behavior has been tolerated in Shannon’s home and is not in the best interests of the children…

"Shannon is not fostering or encouraging a healthy father child relationship."

From here, David accuses The Real Housewives of Orange County itself of providing Shannon with a dangerous lifestyle, specifically when it comes to alcohol.

Reads his latest filing:

“Shannon’s employment encourages excess drinking and extended travel to which Shannon has chosen not to inform me and make accommodations for the kids to stay with me while she is away."

This is a new and interesting one.

Shannon Beador and David Beador, Selfie

We've never seen a Real Housewives cast member taken to task by a significant other over what she's asked to do in order to keep her series entertaining.

Then there's the issue of her salary, which dwarfs what David takes home for his vocation.

David alleges that Shannon earns up to $600,000 per year, although she previously stated she earned just over $400,000.

This is the sort of thing that will come out once pay stubs and other documents are demanded in court.

We can't say for certain where things will go between Shannon and David, the latter of whom has a young girlfriend.

But we can say the gloves haven't just come off in this divorce. They've been tossed into the incinerator.

Kelly Dodd: Vicki Gunvalson is a Backstabbing B-TCH!

Kelly Dodd finished her divorce from Michael Dodd, but responded with understandable outrage when Vicki Gunvalson appeared to be playing wingman for Michael and helping him hook up on a Vegas trip.


The upside to this whole messy situation is that we'll get to see it all play out next season on The Real Housewives of Orange County. But here's what we know:

Kelly Dodd and Vicki Gunvalson

There's some great news in Kelly Dodd's personal life that she's been just bursting to share.

On February 23rd, the Real Housewife took to Twitter to make the happy announcement:

"My divorce is final today!! Over the moon happy!"

Divorces are among the most stressful experiences that a person can have -- short of staying in a doomed, miserable marriage.

That's not really a surprise, since we all saw Kelly Dodd's marriage in shambles on The Real Housewives of Orange County last November.

Some divorces take years of court battles, so it's wonderful news that Kelly Dodd got her divorce in such a short time.

Kelly Dodd, Michael Dodd

However, Kelly's (former?) friend, Vicki Gunvalson, has become the subject of Kelly's ire over her ex's hookup.

See, while in Vegas, apparently Vicki and her boyfriend, Steve Lodge, more or less set up Kelly's ex, Michael, with a mutual friend.

Kelly was furious to see Vicki appear to give Michael aid and comfort. That's pretty understandable.

RadarOnline has the scoop on this drama that is unfolding between Kelly Dodd and Vicki Gunvalson.

For starters, it sounds like Vicki is denying everything.

"Vicki has tried doing everything she can to back pedal on this one, and she insists that she did not purposely try to set Michael up with her and Steve’s mutual friend."

So ... it just happened?

"She told Kelly that the hookup happened organically while they were on vacation, and that she didn’t mean to hurt her at all."

We wonder how Kelly took those assurances.

Kelly Dodd on Real Housewives of Orange County

Just kidding -- no need to wonder.

"Kelly obviously thinks that Vicki is full of s--t and so does the rest of the cast."

That's a bold claim. 

"Vicki was supposed to be her friend, and now Kelly just thinks that she is nothing but a backstabbing b---h."

There are clearly a lot of emotions at play, here.

"But Kelly is moving on from this and is not going to waste any more time worrying about her ex-husband -- and ex-friend!"

Oh goodness. Will this be a new longstanding feud, or will they mend fences at the end of this storyline?

Vicki Gunvalson is Not Impressed

Unfortunately, it sounds like Vicki's stubbornness might cost her a friendship.

"Vicki isn’t even trying to kiss Kelly’s a-- at this point because she really believes that she did not do anything wrong."

Even if you don't think that you did anything wrong, sometimes it helps to apologize and take steps in that direction.

It sounds like Vicki's loyalties are torn.

"Vicki honestly likes Michael, and she cannot change the fact that Michael and Steve are close friends now."

A lot of people end up being friends with each other's exes. It's part of life. Most don't vacation with them, but still.

And it looks like some are just blaming Steve.

"Kelly knows that the two are friends, so for her to try and put the blame on Vicki is just complete crap!"

Kelly Dodd on RHOC

It's worth noting that RadarOnline reports that this drama will play out, on camera, on the next season of The Real Housewives of Orange County.

In other words, viewers and fans will get to see Kelly Dodd explode over this on camera.

Is Kelly Dodd right -- did Vicki betray her (and the unwritten "girl code") by enabling Michael Dodd to hook up?

Is Vicki Gunvalson right -- is Kelly freaking out over something that was beyond Vicki's control, with Vicki merely being polite to her boyfriend's friend and an organic hookup taking place?

Perhaps, as the storyline plays out on television, we'll all find out together.

Peggy Sulahian: Also Ousted from The Real Housewives of Orange County!

Calling all rich and spoiled women who want to be sort of famous on television:

Bravo has a couple of opening for you!

Fresh off the news that Lydia McLaughlin would not be returning for a new season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Bravo has now announced another cast departure... 

Peggy Sulahian Pic

We hardly even knew ya, Peggy Sulahian.

Following just one year on this cable network franchise, Sulahian has been let go by producers, who apparently weren't pleased with Peggy's role on Season 12.

Over the course of her brief run on the series, which culminated in Sulahian basically hiding out alone in her Iceland hotel room, the Z-Lister bonded with Vicki Gunvalson...

... while fighting with basically every other cast member.

"What an exciting experience it was to be part of The Real Housewives of Orange County! It was an honor to be the 100th housewife and to be part of the Bravo family," wrote on in response to this news.

She added:

"I am extremely proud of being the 1st Armenian-American Housewife and sharing my culture with the world.

"While I faced and conquered many challenges, I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my story and spread awareness of breast cancer."

Peggy Sulahian Selfie

Sulahian went on to say that this breast cancer diagnosis is what prompted her to resign from the show, claiming she is leaving on her own terms.

"Dealing with the disease and the passing of my father challenged me to reassess and reflect on my life, and I’ve realized what’s most important is leading a healthy and happy life, surrounded by people who care and love you.

"At this point, moving on seemed like the right thing to do.

"A few new ventures have availed themselves, and I look forward to sharing them with you soon!"

Radar Online, however, counters that both Sulahian and McLaughlin (pictured below) were fired by executives - and that both women were among the last to even learn their fate.

According to this report, Peggy was told by her friends and by the network simultaneously that she was on her way out.

Similarly, McLaughlin released a statement last Friday that made it sound as if she quit.

In reality, though, she only said these words to save face after being told that she wasn't wanted back.

Lydia McLaughlin on a Red Carpet

Peggy is looking forward to focusing on her family and her own opportunities. She is a very positive person and wants to be away from the negativity of the women," an insider tells E! News, adding:

"Peggy is big on positive energy and wants that around her and her family."

Sulahian and McLaughlin's departures come on the heels of Meghan King Edmonds also leaving the show.

This means the only ladies set to return right now are Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador and Kelly Dodd.

Prepare for a few casting announcements to be made by Bravo in the near future as a result.

Have anyone in mind you think should join the team?

David Beador: I Have a Young, Hot Girlfriend Now! Take That, Shannon!

Just because Shannon Beador is divorcing David and plans to take everything doesn't mean that David's life is over. Much to Shannon's chagrin.

In fact, it looks like David has found a new lady love.

And these two don't seem to care anymore who knows.

David Beador, Lesley Cook

We know that David Beador more or less looks the same in every photo, but that is definitely not Shannon Beador by his side.

This woman, who RadarOnline reports is named Lesley Cook, is a 34-year-old mother of two very young children.

Lesley is a DIY blogger and a native of Orange County and has been posting about how much she loves Laguna (in between photos of her two precious children, of course).

She's also been spotted at The Montage, which was a favored restaurant for David and Shannon during their marriage.

RadarOnline reports that multiple sources confirm that Lesley and David are indeed dating. It would appear that this relationship started some time during December.

Lesley Cook

Now, David and Lesley haven't been posting photos of themselves locking lips, but we have more than just reports to point to these two being in a relationship.

In the captions of the photo of the two of them, which was posted on January 14th, Lesley simply wrote:

"Bumped into this guy ..."

Lesley said that the photo was at 2am in Las Vegas when speaking to her aunt.

It was only when someone called David hot and Lesley "lucky" that David chimed in, insisting that he is the lucky one.

Lesley Cook and David Beador "lucky" comments

That's not the only instance.

Honestly, we don't know if it was an inside joke or if someone pranked David Beador by telling him that using the "#discreet" hashtag would somehow make his comments invisible to everyone but the recipient.

(He and Lesley have both used "#discrete" which is also a word but not with their intended meaning)

Because he's used that hashtag multiple times in comments and ... absolutely everyone can see them.

Lesley Cook shared on Instagram that she really wore herself out exercising, and David revealed in the captions that he had been helping her along.

Lesley Cook and David Beador comments

David also added another comment, teasing:

"Was this before or after we 'bumped' into one another? Looks like an amazing fun night! I don't remember meeting your date though, strangely enough ... maybe he was holding your shoes in back as you said your feet hurt." 

That's the way that people talk when they want the whole world to know that they're dating an attractive younger woman but promised, like, an attorney or maybe their children that they'd keep things on the down-low for a while.

There have been others photos -- not showing David but showing that she's been working out, with David implying in the comments that he was there with her.

We suppose that, since David Beador stopped loving Shannon when she got "fat," David's pretty focused on making sure that his new lady love is in good shape.

Lesley Cook Photo

David was reportedly seeing multiple women pretty much as things ended with Shannon Beador, but it looks like he and Lesley have been pretty exclusive since before Christmas.

Reportedly, Shannon Beador knows and, um, isn't super thrilled that her ex has immediately moved on with a younger woman.

This may shed some light on Shannon Beador's desire to boot David off of The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Maybe she could swallow her pride enough to film necessary conflict scenes for her divorce storyline. But imagine if Lesley becomes a Real Housewife?

No offense to Lesley, who has surely done nothing wrong, but that might be too much to bear for poor Shannon.

Lydia McLaughlin: I Quit The Real Housewives of Orange County! Again!

Lydia McLaughlin has an announcement to make.

And it's an announcement you may have heard her make before.

Lydia McLaughlin for Bravo

The Real Housewives of Orange County cast member took to her official blog on Friday and confirmed that she will no longer be a Real Housewives of Orange County cast member

“RHOC has given me a great platform and I’m grateful for that. However, I feel like I can only handle this show one season at a time,” McLaughlin wrote online, adding:

“I need a break! There is a lot of good that comes from the show, but also a lot of negativity.

"After a family vote, it was unanimous that I should take a break. Sometimes the people who love us the most see things even we don’t see.

"I trust my path and I’m excited for what the future holds.”

Indeed, McLaughlin initially joined this Bravo franchise in season 8.

She departed the cable network hit just before season 9, yet returned last year as a full-time cast member for season 12.

Lydia McLaughlin on a Red Carpet

Earlier this year, it was also reported that Meghan King Edmonds would not return to Orange County for next season.

She swears this was her decision.

And McLaughlin insists the same.

“Bravo and Evolution have been amazing to me and I have made great friendships," she continued on her blog, expounding:

"I treasure all my fans and appreciate all the love and support.

"I’ve been honored to be a source of entertainment and inspiration to all of you and I hope to continue spreading light and love.

"Being a full time mom to THREE little boys, publisher of NOBLEMAN Magazine, blogger, jewelry designer, author, and wife, I have a lot going on!

"I will continue to share my life and faith and use this platform to be a lightworker.”

Lydia McLaughlin in Newport Beach

In other words: we haven't heard the last from Lydia McLaughlin.

We've just seen the last of her on Bravo.

McLaughlin and her husband, Doug, have three kids:

  1. Stirling, 8.
  2. Maverick, 6.
  3. Roman, 2.

These children, Doug and even McLaughlin's mother have been featured on The Real Housewives of Orange County at various points.

We don't know just when when season 13 will air, but it's clear the cast will look a bit different whenever that date arrives.

Any suggestions for women who should fill these two open slots?

Shannon Beador: I Want David Beador OFF The Real Housewives of Orange County!

It's been about two months since Shannon Beador filed for divorce on December 1st.

Since then, things have gone from somewhat amicable to no-holds-barred hostilities between Shannon and David Beador.

Now, Shannon is taking things a step further -- and reportedly trying to get David fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County.

David and Shannon Beador, Sports Photo

A little before Halloween, Shannon and David Beador decided to split after 17 years.

It had been reported that the two of them were basically living separate lives in the same household anyway, so the separation was not a huge surprise.

Still, the two of them had resolved to maintain some semblance of normality for the sake of their daughters.

For starters, even though David stopped loving Shannon when she became "fat," they had resolved to keep things friendly.

They even scheduled regular weekend activities for the whole family.

Shannon Beador, David, and Daughters

But it's really hard to go from loving your partner in life to feeling neutral-yet-friendly towards them. It is so much easier to hate them.

Things no longer appear to be amicable between the exes.

For starters, Shannon Beador apparently does not make the kind of money that David does, so she's wanting a good deal when it comes to division of property and when it comes to alimony.

That's pretty standard for divorce, but so are contentious debates about money.

In fact, it's been reported that Shannon Beador accuses David of hiding money. If true, that sort of sneaky move to make it appear that he has less than he does could mean that a court might not have him pay Shannon her fair share.

And now it sounds like Shannon can't even stand the sight of David.

Shannon Beador and David Beador Picture

RadarOnline reports that Shannon Beador wants David fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County.

She's getting divorced, so that's a huge thing that they'd need to cover, but Shannon believes that there's enough unused footage of David from previous seasons.

"Shannon wants producers to use old footage to tell her story next season."

That's a hefty demand, especially from someone who's reportedly negotiating more money from the show in order to spill secrets for the cameras.

"At this moment, she doesn’t want anything to do with him and filming with him would make this whole process so much harder on her."

So this sounds less like a calculated financial sabotage and more like a lack of desire to show up to work with a man she can't stand to be around.

Shannon Beador and David Beador

"It is already really hard on her and the kids and there is just no reason to bring him on-camera if they already have what they need."

For Shannon, this is a deep and emotional pain. They only split a few months ago and it will take a lot of time for these fresh wounds to heal.

"She is still hurting inside a lot."

Imagine getting a divorce but showing up to work and your spouse is there and the two of you are supposed to spend a lot of time together. That's what she's facing.

"Shannon is in a better place than she was but she still does not want to have to face him, on-camera or in real life, because it is very hard."

Shannon Beador Smiles

Shannon's desire to go without David is very understandable.

And obviously, if one of them is to leave the show, we can't imagine why it would be the Housewife. Not all of the Real Housewives are actually wives, but Shannon still makes more sense than David.

But we can't help but wonder if this effort could come back to bite her.

Were he so inclined, couldn't David try to sue her for "ruining his reality career" as Blac Chyna has been attempting with the Kardashians?

This is a fight over money, ultimately, and there's no reason to believe that David will just go quietly.

Meghan King Edmonds: OUT of The Real Housewives of Orange County!

So, remember how Meghan King Edmonds was initially on a list of women rumored to be fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County?

But then we all learned that Meghan King Edmonds was pregnant again so it looked like she was safe?

Meghan King Edmonds holds Aspen

It turns out that the speculation may have been for naught, because she's announced that she's quitting.

But one report claims that her lengthy farewell post is just a cover -- that she ended up getting fired. Hmmm. ...

Writing on her blog, Meghan King Edmonds announced that she's leaving The Real Housewives of Orange County.

"Today is a bittersweet day for me.  After three seasons of the rollercoaster that is The Real Housewives of Orange County I’ve decided to hang up my OC Housewife hat."

We like to imagine that such a hat would resemble a giant orange.

Meghan King Edmonds 'The Real Housewives of Orange County Premiere Party

"I arrived at this multi-faceted decision after much thought, and then I thought some more."


"As you might suspect filming this show takes a massive emotional toll: I’m literally filming my real life in real time and engaged in situations and circumstances which can be contentious."

Oh, of that we have no doubt. The filming hours alone must be brutal, not to mention juggling your other responsibilities. And then the episodes air.

"Then, when the show airs, we relive some of the most trying moments in our lives and then endure the public’s reaction; we never come out as winners to every viewer."

Meghan King Edmonds Image

"But what you might not suspect is the physical toll: filming is grueling!"

Especially, we imagine, if you're a parent. Or pregnant.

"After my first season I knew what to expect for round two, but even still, filming during IVF and then the beginning of pregnancy during my second season was difficult. I was hormonal and tired all the time."

IVF presents its own challenges, folks.

"But my third season takes the cake: I had a newborn and had to hire a full time live-in nanny (my cousin) so as to allow me the flexibility to meet my obligations of continuous days and long hours of filming, traveling, etc."

Even with a nanny, parenting was still a full-time job.

Meghan King Edmonds, Reunion Special 2017

"When I was home I was a full time hands-on mom (you didn’t get to see this) doing all the regular mom stuff including waking up at all hours to breast feed my baby – all while my husband worked his crazy baseball schedule around the US while I was learning how to be a first time mom."

"Again, I was hormonal and EXHAUSTED.  My mind was often foggy as I filmed but I put on a great face and did it because I loved being a Housewife and was so grateful for my opportunity."

It's a big opportunity that comes with an even bigger paycheck.

"It was only after the season was filmed that I felt I was finally out of the newborn fog and I could look back on the past few months of season 12 with clarity.  I had no idea how exhausted I actually was until I wasn’t exhausted anymore!  Season 12 was a real challenge for me."

It sure sounds like it.

Meghan King Edmonds, Husband, Aspen

She then talks about happy, behind-the-scenes filming memories, showing that she bares no ill will towards the production staff.

"And lastly but not least importantly, I wanted to spend more time with my husband during baseball season and more time with my two young step kids who live full-time in St Louis."

Oh, those are some good priorities.

"So Jimmy and I have decided to dig our roots into the midwest as we begin to build our dream home for our rapidly expanding family."

Well, voluntarily living in the midwest sure is a choice.

"I must focus on my family and my pregnancy.   I will miss the rush of the first all-cast event of the season, the anticipation of receiving each week’s episode, the thrill of wrapping the reunion."

Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Meghan Edmonds

She says that she forged some powerful bonds during her time as a Real Housewife.

"I have made soul sisters in Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge and that can’t be lost."

Well ... Shannon Beador, at least, seems like a good friend.

"They have touched my heart and I would do anything for them and I know they feel the same way about me – what a gift to have found that on RHOC!"

She ends her post with a joke.

"But I guess it’s time for me to become an actual real housewife of sorts.  Oh, the irony!"

Meghan King Edmonds 'The Real Housewives of Orange County Premiere Party

That's all well and good, but there's this other claim that Meghan King Edmonds is just putting on a good face after getting fired from RHOC.

In fact, Radar Online reports that their source claims that what got Meghan fired was, at least in part, her attempt to leverage her pregnancy (with twins!) for more money.

"She did the same thing with her first pregnancy and it worked. But producers weren’t biting this time around."

"They felt that she didn’t bring anything to the table and everyone was sick of her manufactured fake drama!"

Their insider clearly doesn't think much of her, because this is how they responded to her long, bittersweet announcement:

"The truth is that Meghan wouldn’t have written all that on her blog if she did in fact quit the show. She would have just quit!"


"Instead, she is trying to pretend that she doesn’t care and putting the blame on others when she knows that it is her own fault."

Whatever the truth is, we wish Meghan King Edmonds and her family the best!

Shannon Beador Accuses Husband of Hiding Money in Divorce

After 17 years, Shannon Beador and David are divorcing.

At first, it seemed that the divorce for this Real Housewives of Orange County couple would remain amicable, for the sake of their three daughters. But that's changed, and now Shannon aims to take everything from David. Get it, girl.

Now, a report about the couple's court battle shows that she's making good on her vow to go after his finances.

Shannon Beador and David Beador

At the beginning of October of last year, we reported that Shannon Beador was ready to leave David. A few weeks leader, the two made their split official.

Two years after David confessed to cheating on her with a married friend, their marriage was on thin ice.

It seemed that they were basically living in the same house as neighbors, not partners. It sounded like some serious alienation.

Though David is the known cheater, it seems that problems really arose because David stopped loving Shannon when she gained weight.

That is heartbreaking, and now the couple is divorcing.

Shannon Beador and David Beador Picture

RadarOnline reports that Shannon is fighting David in court for money. Their source says:

"David is trying to be a cheapskate and Shannon isn’t having any of it."

And at the divorce hearing scheduled for January 25th, she's going to seek more cash.

"She demanded that he submit his current income to the judge because she believes he is grossly underestimating his net worth."

That sounds like a very, very standard divorce.

"She knows that David has more money than he is claiming to have and isn’t going to let him get away easy."

David and Shannon Beador, Sports Photo

After the divorce announcement, the couple spent a few weeks playing nice for the sake of their children.

But even that polite facade has fallen apart.

And, from court filings, it looks like Shannon believes that David is trying to cling to every last penny that he owns.

"David has far greater access to funds to pay attorney fees, and the amount of the award for which request is made is modest relative to David’s income."

If that's all true, David will probably end up paying Shannon more than he'd like.

But Shannon isn't just seeking payments for herself, folks.

Shannon Beador, David, and Daughters

"Shannon believes that David should pay for all three of their daughters’ college tuition in full."

Well, hopefully he won't fight Shannon on that issue.

He's their father, and a college education is often a necessity, not a luxury.

It's not his daughters' "fault" that they were born, so their parents owe them the best start at life that they can provide.

And it sounds like David can provide quite a lot.

Shannon Beador Smiles

As we mentioned, this sort of financial wrangling is typical of divorce.

It's so typical, in fact, that we'd almost be shocked if this weren't happening.

The Beadors are rich, but not so rich that they'd each prefer to ignore a few million in order to avoid conflict. That's for Hollywood A-listers, if anyone.

But the Beadors also aren't so poor that their means are insignificant. So there's a lot for them to contest.

More significantly, though, they are both dealing with complex emotions, including anger and grief. Love can turn to hate in an instant, and a lot of divorce battles have more to do with spite than anything else.

Vicki Gunvalson and Meghan King Edmonds: FEUDING Between Season!

In a shocking twist, Vicki Gunvalson recently mended fences with both Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador. But ... that doesn't mean that she's just going to be nice to everyone.

Recently, Vicki made some less-than-flattering comments about her RHOC costar, Meghan King Edmonds, who is pregnant and also returning next season.

And Meghan King Edmonds isn't taking that lying down.

Vicki Gunvalson at the Reunion Special

Previously, Vicki Gunvalson told Us Weekly that Meghan King Edmonds simply doesn't belong on The Real Housewives of Orange County.

"No desire, truly no desire to see her. She lives in St. Louis, I don’t even know what she was doing on our show anyway."

Wow. That's not subtle at all.

"She lives in St. Louis, she’s pregnant, she has her husband, they’re going to have six kids, she’s not friends with anybody."

That's so mean! Like, the St. Louis thing is one thing, and we don't know why her husband is a factor, but saying that she has no friends is just unkind.

"I don’t know what the correlation with her is."

That's ... some interesting word choice. Maybe she means that she doesn't see Meghan King Edmonds' appeal, or what makes her a fit for the show?

"She’s socially friends with people, but we don’t all hang out together."

Just because not everyone hangs out doesn't mean that Meghan doesn't hang out with some costars.

"I think it’s time for her to turn the chapter to something else and maybe not be our show, we’ll see."

That's ... not nice.

Meghan King Edmonds, Reunion Special 2017

Vicki sure had a lot to say about Meghan King Edmonds, who responded by telling Us Weekly exactly why Vicki Gunvalson is wrong ... and maybe a little pathetic.

"She’s so desperate."

Sounds like Meghan King Edmonds isn't holding back, either.

"She says she doesn’t care about me, yet she’s one of my top engagers on Instagram."

Oh dang, she came with receipts! 

"I don’t even follow her."

Vicious. We're living for this.

"And she’s talking about me. It’s laughable."

Also, showing that you can come back for somebody just as hard they came for you is a great way to show that you absolutely belong on The Real Housewives of Orange County.

"Additionally, I’m really close with Tamra [Judge] and Shannon [Beador], so goes to show how little she knows them."

So, yes, Meghan has friends, Vicki.

Vicki Gunvalson is Not Impressed

In late November, rumor had it that Bravo was looking to fire three Real Housewives of Orange County stars.

It wasn't surprising for anyone to see Peggy Sulahian's name on that list of ... what's the opposite of hopefuls? Nopefuls?

Peggy is a huge bigot and got slammed by a number of other Housewives, past and present. This a woman who allegedly tried to ban her own gay brother from their father's funeral.

But what really sealed her fate was that she wasn't interesting. Her "dumb foreigner" act didn't fool anyone, and she was transparently getting into fights with costars because cameras were rolling. The report that she was then fired was not a surprise.

When we heard that Lydia McLaughlin was fired, it wasn't a huge shock -- she played her part this season, but she didn't grab anyone's attention.

Meghan King Edmonds had been on the list of Housewives expected to get the axe, but she's reportedly staying on the show next season.


Because Meghan King Edmonds is pregnant with her second child. Pregnancy drama will hook some folks.

The knowledge that Meghan almost didn't make it back on the show was probably part of where Vicki was coming from with her dismissal of Meghan.

Meghan King Edmonds Image

Of course, Meghan King Edmonds is widely regarded to be the prettiest of the Real Housewives of Orange County, which could potentially also be a factor.

Jealousy is real. And Meghan is only 33 -- which means that she was barely in her 20s when the series, on which Vicki has been a member since day one, launched.

So there could be a lot of resentment there. But we don't know for sure if that's a factor in Vicki's mind.

Either way, next season sure is going to be interesting, since these two are already exchanging heated words.