Cheating rumors have engulfed the Real Housewives of New York stars for years but after Mario was caught sending naked selfies to a socialite this summer (a socialite he is still rumored to be dating) Ramona finally saw the writing on the wall. After months of pretending everything was fine, Pinot looked down into her bottomless glass of pinot and decided enough was enough so she kicked Mario out!
It was with heavy heart that Ramona went through with filing for divorce. And the final nail in the coffin was when she caught Mario in a secret rendevous with his girlfriend this weekend in their Hampton's home. "She did not want a divorce. Ramona loves her life. She loves Mario," a source reveals to People.
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The couple was apparently trying to work on their relationship despite the separation. "They were together New Year's Eve and New Year's Day at a country club in Alpine, N.J., with other couples," a source notes. Ramona "was posting pics all over the Internet of her and Mario in bathing suits, trying to put on a front that everything is perfect and there are no problems in paradise. Everyone knew he had this girlfriend." Mario's alleged girlfriend, a socialite named Kasey Dexter, reportedly got pregnant this summer and Mario paid for her abortion. Eeks!
Furthermore the source dismisses reports that Ramona has moved on and is already dating a much-younger man! "She was out with this guy last week but not like a date. Just out at a bar. It was just people hanging out – nothing happened," the source insists. Rumors that they were touchy-feely and all over each other have been swirling.
Instead Ramona has been acting strong. "She has been putting on a brave face for her beloved daughter [Avery] who is away at college," a second source explains. "She is her world." For Avery's sake Ramona has asked for privacy. "This is a personal and private matter for our family," she said in a statement to the magazine.
Privacy-schmivacy! Ramona's former friend and co-star Jill Zarin is proud of Ramona for finally ditching MariHO. "Ramona has been protecting him," Jill shared. "She looked the other way when people told her he was cheating."
Jill claims she confronted Mario over his extramarital affairs at a holiday party this December and that led to a loud altercation. Please tell me RHONY cameras caught this!
"He screamed at me," Jill insists. "And he was mad at me for admitting that he flirted with all the Housewives." Including herself.
Well, Ramona does not take too kindly to Jill's comments – she tweeted that Jill is desperate.
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