Reality TV Curse: A List of Divorced Real Housewives

Posted on Aug 7 2014 - 3:28pm by Reality LuLu

Real Houswives Divorced

Now that the “Real Housewives of New York” star, Ramona Singer, has officially told the world that her marriage to Mario is done, we ask ourselves, is there really such a thing as a “Reality TV Curse” that causes couples to divorce after going on a reality TV show?

Let’s look at other couples who called it quits after selling their souls to the devil the Real Housewives of ….

1)  Camille & Kelsey Grammer of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

2)  Porsha & Kordell Stewart of The Real Housewives of Atlanta

3)  Cat & Charles Ommanney of The Real Housewives of DC

4)  Bethenny Frankel & Jason Hoppy of The Real Housewives of New York 

5) Countess LuAnn and  Count Alexandre de Lesseps of The Real Housewives of New York 

6) Tamra & Simon Barney of The Real Housewives of Orange County

7).  Vicki & Donn Gunvalson of The Real Housewives of Orange County

8) Lisa Wu & Ed Hartwell of The Real Housewives of Atlanta

9) Michaele & Tareq Salahi of The Real Housewives of DC

10) Stacey Scott & James Turner of The Real Housewives of DC

11) Lynn & Frank Curtin of The Real Housewives of Orange County

12) Mary & Rich Amons of The Real Housewives of DC

13) Adrienne Maloof & Paul Nassif of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

14) Dina & Tommy Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey

15) Taylor & Russell Armstrong of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills were headed for divorce until his suicide

16) DeShawn & Eric Snow of The Real Housewives of Atlanta

17) Nene & Gregg Leakes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta they have since gotten remarried to one another

18) Christy & Glenn Rice of The Real Housewives of Miami

Can reality television really be at fault, or does it merely shine a spotlight on the cracks that were already present in the foundation of a marriage? Sound off in the comments.


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About the Author

I began writing about people that put themselves on Reality Television 3 years ago after my son was in a car accident. I needed something to do when I became his primary caregiver. I started “Reality TV Morons” Facebook on where I gathered over 2000 followers. I’ve done interviews with people like Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Catherine Ommanney, Peggy Tannous and Rob Shuter.

I am a Medical Assistant recently taking a leave from my job after losing my mother 2 months ago & 21-year old nephew 3 weeks ago. I’m taking time to reevaluate where I want to be and am looking forward to once again writing about Reality Television especially any of the Real Housewives Franchises.

  • twifan2

    Any on RHWs New Jersey?

    • Reality LuLu

      Hi Twi, I believe the only couple that were together or married on the show and then divorced were Dina & Tommy Manzo.

      • twifan2

        Hi Hi Reality LuLu! 🙂
        For me, Dina doesn’t really ‘count’. 😉

    • Dave

      Dina and Tommy will be added to the list soon.

  • Chloe

    It’s crazy but it happens. I’m still on my first husband, it’s been 15 years. I thought for sure I’d be on 2 or 3 by now.

    • RealitytvJunkie

      Same for me. But I’ve heard from a single woman at a dinner party that “only trashy people stay married more than 5 years anyway”. So call me a trashy, classless person, I guess.

      • twifan2

        Dang! Talk about ‘jellyous’! :/

        You ‘trashy, classless’ person, RealityJunkie! .)
        Good for you & your hubby! & congrats! 🙂

    • Reality LuLu

      Ah good for you Chloe!! I only had one husband and had him for 25 years. I don’t think I’ll ever get married again.

      • Chloe

        Thank you Reality LuLu. I love your stories. I can’t see myself with anyone else. We’re two peas in a pod. He’s my bestfriend.

    • Dave

      You are lucky. I don’t know anyone who stays married nowadays.

      • twifan2

        Well, Chloe, RealityJunkie are 2! 🙂

        • Dave

          Yeah lucky for them, I don’t know them maybe that’s why.

          I don’t think it was being on TV that broke them up — not being the kind of people who would do anything and expose anything to be on TV.

          • twifan2

            I know of some couples that have been married to each other 20 yrs & more! 🙂

    • RonnieIsBack

      Kudos Chlo…I made it to year 13..but when I found out about all that Tiger Woods-sque cheating..I dumped the heaux…
      I’m in a serious relationship now..but I am DEFINITELY taking my time…just to be suuuuuure….#Gunshy.

  • Dave

    I used to be the type who would shout from the mountaintops about whomever I was dating/seeing/etc at the time. After having my heart shattered a couple of times, i truly believe that a personal life is just that….it’s personal. I will share my relationship with whomever I choose whenever I choose. I don’t hide my relationship and I bring my partner to social events all the time, but I don’t broadcast it or wear it like a badge.

    I’d also like to see an article with the marriages that have survived reality television – exhibit a – The Osbournes.

    Half the time with these reality people, it’s not “the show” itself but rather the money and the publicity and the whole machine around “the show”. These folks may not be making the same money as actors, but they sure as shit ain’t doin’ it for free.

    • twifan2

      Example being Nay Nay & Greg—>doing it for $$$.

      • Dave

        Many do it for money.

    • Reality LuLu

      All good points Dave. After my divorce I have dated here and there – I’m careful to never get too serious (in time that may change). Whenever people would ask me if I was dating _________ (insert name) I would always say that I don’t put a label on my relationship and we hang out and have a good time together.

  • Sara

    I think it was probably 50/50 with the sheer number of young kids and the reality t.v. exacerbating all of the problems.

  • cait

    THE real deal would be the Count and Donn, running for the hills screaming at top of lungs IN JOY ! The rest are wanna be money grubbers !

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  • Birdie11

    I wonder if part of it is the taste of fame reality TV brings. Egos grow, the grass starts looking greener and glitzier somewhere else.

    • RonnieIsBack

      And the sad thing is..once you get to the other side you is still JUST GRASS.
      A darn shame…

  • RonnieIsBack

    so true.but I have to ask…did every couple on DC get divorced? dayum..what is in the water?
    Sad thing is, the net can be cast farther if you don’t limit it to RH series…reality tv is horrible for couples..folks need to learn…

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