Real Housewives of New Jersey rookie, Margaret Josephs, busted onto the Bravo scene admitting that her first marriage ended in scandal — and it all began when sparks flew between the designer and a visiting contractor.
“When I met my husband Joe we were both married to separate people,” Margaret said in the premiere episode. “He had come into my life because he was a contractor and he came in to do our molding.”
The reality newbie clarified that her marriage was on the rocks, when Joe Benigno came into her life — revealing that the carpenter canoodle was what ultimately ended her marriage. Margaret also casually spilled that the affair had the town buzzing — labeling the chatter “a very big scandal.”
“My marriage was going down the tubes and we had this unbelievable chemistry and we fell in love,” Margaret said during the episode. “Leaving my first husband was a very big scandal in our town, but this is my f***ing life, and you know what, take me for who I am!”
Margaret Josephs and Joe Benigno
New Jersey Superior Court documents state that Margaret wed her first husband, Jan Josephs, on November 19, 1994 and their split was finalized on June 6, 2013.
Margaret and Jan had one child together and Margaret helped Jan raise his three children from a previous relationship, before the couple split. Margaret eloped with Benigno shortly after the divorce was finalized.
Watch Margaret in action on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Wednesday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET, on Bravo.