The Real Housewives of Orange County star Shannon Beador went through a messy, acrimonious divorce this year.
Her ex, David Beador, has been dating girlfriend Lesley Cook for almost one year.
(In fact, some believe that David and Lesley became engaged on their vacation to Greece)
In an appearance on part of this season’s reunion special, Shannon was clearly unhappy with David for how he had portrayed her during the divorce.
On Monday, December 10, Lesley rose to David’s defense and took to Instagram to put Shannon on blast.
She says that, when Shannon criticizes David, she does more harm than she realizes to innocent parties.
Does she have a point? Take a look:
1. Shannon Beador mentioned her ex at the reunion
2. Lesley Cook rushed to David’s defense
3. Lesley heaped praise on David
4. She hates to see him insulted
5. Lesley says Shannon should think of the children
6. Lesley wants peace
At the reunion special for The Real Housewives of Orange County, Tamra Judge claimed to have caught Shannon Beador in a lie.
Tamra claimed that Shannon had been seeing a boyfriend while filming the season, but kept him secret so she could “play the victim card.”
She lays out her claims in the shocking video that we have attached.
At the reunion, Tamra Judge lobbed a bombshell accusation at Shannon.
The former friends feuded on camera as Tamra claimed that Shannon had kept her secret boyfriend hidden.
She accused Shannon of hypocrisy, saying that she’d acted distraught over David dating so soon after their divorce but that she was, too.
In Tamra’s eyes, it looked like Shannon was trying to milk people were sympathy during her tumultuous divorce.
Also, as Gina pointed out, it looked like Shannon was hiding part of her personal life from the viewers and from Bravo.
Is this really the case? Did Shannon have a secret boyfriend?
They can’t be talking about Scot Matteson.
Scot, whom Shannon began dating this summer, was still spotted everywhere with Shannon as recently as October.
There are photos of him with Shannon and with Andy Cohen, possibly as the filming of the reunion special.
Scot is a real estate developer and is known for being a family man.
At no point did it appear that Shannon was keeping him secret, with other Housewives speaking about him publicly over the summer.
So we’ll have to look a bit further back than this.
What about Alex?
Shannon went on some dates with him during the Spring of 2018.
The two attended music events but, ultimately, things did not work out.
Some speculated that, since Scot may have been in the audience for Tamra’s accusations, that Shannon’s secret ex was Alex.
While it’s possible that Tamra was referring to him, Shannon didn’t really keep him secret.
She made it clear that she was keeping him off of the show, but she did share photos of the two of them together on Instagram.
It looks like Shannon’s mystery man was probably not someone whom she’s shown on social media.
This is a guy whom she characterizes as having “treated her like crap,” even though she had fancied him at the time.
(It sounds like poor Shannon has a type)
Shannon objected to Tamra’s characterization of this dude as a “boyfriend.”
As some women learn to their chagrin, going on a couple of dates with a guy is not the same thing as being boyfriend and girlfriend.
Shannon’s relationship, such as it was, fizzled out before it went anywhere.
Tamra was being kind of ridiculous.
The whole reason that this came up was because of the discussion of David Beador’s new girlfriend, Lesley Cook.
Lesley is reportedly pregnant (and David and Lesley may be engaged), which obviously came up at the reunion.
Shannon being upset at David finding a new love by New Years isn’t somehow hypocritical if she went on some dates earlier in the year.
There are different tiers of dating.
Putting a baby in someone on purpose and taking international vacations, which David has been doing, is not the same as going to a concert.
Tamra should know that.
Gina Kirschenheiter, a newcomer to the franchise and a fan favorite, felt that Shannon was probably obligated to share her life with the show.
That’s true for some things — as Real Housewife of Atlanta Kenya Moore learned last year when she had a secret wedding.
But, as Vicki was quick to point out to Gina, you don’t have to share everything from your life.
A few dates with a guy is not the same as having a boyfriend, it’s not something that you have to put on camera.
Gina may have felt like she wasted her time with a matchmaker, and her feelings are valid, but Shannon wasn’t trying to trick her.
It’s said that Shannon and Tamra will make nice in the next installment of the reunion.
But we already know that this peace doesn’t last.