It looks as though there may be a reality TV curse on the Real Housewives franchise, because the show’s rate of divorce is particularly high and multiple couples on it have already called it quits. Can a TV show really be at fault for a marriage failing? Or does it just highlight and document the cracks that are already there?
Whether the reality TV curse exists or not, here are some of the most notorious Real Housewives divorce cases.
Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida
According to E! News, Parks plans to end her marriage of five years to Nida, and she has retained an attorney “with the intent of amicably ending her marriage,” her rep, Steve Honig, told the publication.
Nida is currently serving an eight-year jail sentence in a Kentucky prison following a conviction on several fraud charges, for which he turned himself in last month. While some couples are able to make their marriage work despite jail time, Nida was convinced he and his wife would not be one of them.
In July, he told Atlanta’s B-100 radio that he doubted his marriage would survive his jail sentence.
“It’s hell on wheels,” said Nida. “My wife didn’t even f***ing show up for my sentencing,” he added. “I’m still salty about that. You know, whatever.”
Camille Grammer and Kelsey Grammer
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer and Frasier star Kelsey Grammer finalized their divorce in 2011 and it was a particularly ugly one. The former couple’s divorce was very bitter and played out in public on the reality show.
Porsha Williams and Kordell Stewart
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams and her husband, former Pittsburgh Steelers player Kordell Stewart, filed for divorce in March 2013, after Stewart claimed that his marriage to his reality TV star wife was “irretrievably broken.”
LuAnn de Lesseps and Count Alex de Lesseps
Real Housewives of New York City star LuAnn de Lesseps and her husband Count Alex de Lesseps called it quits in 2009 after 16 years of marriage. The reason for the divorce? LuAnn’s husband informed her via email that he and met someone else and that it was serious. Ouch.
Ramona Singer and Mario Singer
RHONYC star Ramona Singer and her husband Mario called it quits after she kicked her cheating husband to the curb earlier this year. The reality TV star revealed via Twitter in July that she would be moving on with her life, without Mario, but that she was excited for the new chapters in her life.
Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy
RHONYC‘s Bethenny Frankel and her husband Jason Hoppy’s relationship played out during the show, and fans were witness to the highs in their marriage and the very, very lows. The couple separated after 33 months of marriage in December 2012, and this year they were still battling it out in a bitter custody struggle for their daughter, Bryn.