Shannon and David Beador, have separated after 17 years of marriage.
On Friday, The Real Housewives of Orange County star made the shocking announcement while filming the season 12 reunion show. She says David and her split a little more than a month ago.
Shannon released a statement saying she felt alone in her marriage and tried to do what she could to keep the family together but it wasn’t working in their relationship.
“It’s heartbreaking for me and my daughters that this is the road that had to be taken but it’s the only way,” Shannon told PEOPLE ahead of the reveal. “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.”
Shannon and David’s rollercoaster marriage was well documented over the past 4 seasons on the Bravo reality series. Especially a bombshell in season 10 — that David cheated on her.
The breaking point for the mom of three came while watching the show back and thinking about the impact her choices made on her daughters.
“As a mother, I want to be a good role model for my daughters,” Shannon explained. “Three years ago I was proud of what I showed them, because I fought for keeping my family together after infidelity. As the last year went by, it’s been extremely difficult and painful to watch the show, because clearly I was in denial about what was going on in my marriage. I was taking things out on other people instead of at home. … As a mother you keep thinking about your daughters and you have to say, ‘This is an unhealthy environment.’ Not only is it unhealthy for me, but it’s unhealthy for my girls, too. They deserve a happy and joyful home, and I am providing that for them now.”
Making matters worst, Shannon gained 40 pounds in a year. Shannon said the weight “disgusted” David and created a wedge in her marriage.
Still, looking back on it all, Shannon was “crushed” at the news of their separation.
“This is not the path that I thought that I would be taking,” Shannon said. “To come from the highest of the highs last year to go to such a low so quickly? At the beginning when it starts to crumble, you think, ‘This is just a phase. It’ll get better.’ But it never did.”
The ex-couple have 3 daughters together.
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET on Bravo.