The Startling Divorce Rates of The Real Housewives Shows
For a franchise called The Real Housewives, it sure is getting harder and harder to find a star who you can actually refer to as, you know, a wife. When we first calculated these numbers back in 2014, when The Real Housewives of New York City star Ramona Singer dropped a bomb on Twitter, announcing her decision to leave Mario, it was already startling to note that the franchise had an overall divorce rate of 33.9 percent.
And that was before Real Housewife of Atlanta Phaedra Parks split from her newly imprisoned husband Apollo Nida. And Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Yolanda Hadid called it quits with David Foster. And fellow RHOA star Cynthia Bailey announced her separation from Peter Thomas after a rocky six year marriage that ended as dramatically as it began back when Bailey first joined the Bravo series. (Remember her mother and sister conspiring to hide the marriage license from her on the day of her wedding? Savage.) And Luann de Lesseps and Tom D’Agostino split after only seven months of marriage. And Teresa Giudice pulled the plug on her marriage to Joe Giudice once he got out of prison and left the States. And Kenya Moore announced her split from Marc Daly, husband since 2017, while filming the current season of RHOA in 2019. And—well, you get the picture.
With all these splits in mind, and the latter two playing out in spectacularly dramatic fashion on television as we speak, we knew it was time to take a look at how the divorce rates have changed for each show—and for the franchise as a whole. As always, our guidelines have remained the same: Ladies who were divorced prior to joining the show were not counted, but any marriages and divorces (or divorce filings) that came during their time on The Real Housewives or after they left the franchise were included. Also included were separations (see: Dina Manzo).
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The Real Housewives Of Orange County (Note: both of Tamra Barney’s marriages were included.)
Divorced: Vicki Gunvalson, Lynne Curtin, Jeana Keough, Kelly Dodd, Meghan King Edmonds, Shannon Beador, Lizzie Rovsek, Gina Kirschenheiter
Still Together: Lydia McLaughlin, Peggy Tanous, Alexis Bellino, Tammy Knickerbocker (husband died), Kimberly Bryant, Lauri Waring, Heather Dubrow, Tamra Barney, Peggy Sulahian, Emily Simpson, Braunwyn Windham-Burke
Not Married: Gretchen Rossi, Quinn Fry, Jo De La Rosa
Divorce Rate: 45 percent
The Real Housewives of New York City (Note: both of Luann de Lesseps’ marriages were included.)
Divorced: Ramona Singer, Bethenny Frankel, LuAnn de Lesseps, Jules Wainstein
Together: Jill Zarin, Aviva Drescher, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, Alex McCord
Not Married: Sonja Morgan, Cindy Barshop, Carole Radziwill, Kelly Bensimon, Dorinda Medley, Tinsley Mortimer
Divorce Rate: 50 percent
The Real Housewives Of New Jersey
Divorced: Dina Manzo, Teresa Giudice, Danielle Staub
Together: Melissa Gorga, Caroline Manzo, Kathy Wakile, Teresa Aprea, Amber Marchese, Jacqueline Laurita, Siggy Flicker, Margaret Josephs, Jennifer Aydin, Jackie Goldschneider
Not Married: Nicole Napolitano, Dolores Catania
Divorce Rate: 23.1 percent
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The Real Housewives of Dallas
Together: Cary Deuber, Tiffany Hendra, Stephanie Hollman, Brandi Redmond, D’Andra Simmons, Kameron Wescott, LeeAnne Locken, Kary Brittingham
Divorce Rate: Zero percent
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The Real Housewives Of Miami
Divorced: Marysol Patton, Joanna Krupa, Larsa Pippen, Alexia Echevarria
Together: Adriana de Maura, Lisa Hotchstein, Lea Black
Not Married: Karent Sierra, Ana Quincoces, Cristy Rice
Divorce Rate: 57.1 percent
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The Real Housewives Of D.c.
Divorced: Mary Schmidt Amons, Michaele Salahi, Catherine Ommanney, Stacie Scott Turner
Not Married: Lynda Erkiletian
Divorce Rate: 100 percent
And finally, because we know you’re all very curious, The Real Housewives franchise’s overall divorce rate now stands at 43.2 percent.
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