After ardently defending Mario during the Real Housewives Of New York reunion taping, which at the time was genuine, Ramona realized Mario had been reconnecting with mistress Kasey Dexter and decided enough was enough.
Ramona initially filed for divorce from Mario in January after he was outed as having an affair. Ramona and Mario then decided to give things another shot. “We were working very hard on our relationship and making great progress,” Ramona confessed, revealing that the couple had been in therapy for 15 weeks. That explains her counseling Aviva at the reunion!
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In late July, things started to go awry again. “It was really working well, and then I got the feeling that he started seeing [Kasey] again,” she admits. Ramona states she confronted Mario about reigniting his affair in a therapy session. “He wouldn’t admit to it. He said everything was great with us. Then the next morning I pushed him on it and he admitted he [had seen her], and I just said, ‘I can’t do this anymore. Goodbye.’”
On July 24th Ramona officially called it quits with Mario. “I left him a note saying, ‘Please don’t come to the house in the Hamptons, and please get an apartment. I don’t want to see you anymore.’ And that was it,” Ramona explained to Us Weekly. “He kept calling me and calling me, but I wouldn’t take his calls.” Ramona admits she has “no idea where he’s living” today.
Probably with Kasey! In her one-bedroom walkup in LIC. And BTW: of course Ramona demanded custody of their Hamptons home!
The first time Mario was caught en flagrante, Ramona accepted his apologies. He “cried and begged” her to give their marriage another try she shares. “A lot of women told me you leave when you’re ready; you don’t need to leave because he cheated on you. And I looked at the bigger picture,” Ramona acknowledges. “There were problems in our relationship, but nothing bad enough for him to cheat. So we were working on it.
This time, Ramona isn’t offering another chance. “I would never reconcile with him. No chance,” Ramona says. “I just realized, no, that’s a betrayal, a lack of respect to me and my daughter.”
And it was how Mario’s behavior was affecting Avery that really made Ramona realize it was time to let go. “I believe in marriage, I gave him a second chance, and he betrayed me and our daughter. You just don’t do that.” Ah-greed!
Mario has been rumored to be having affairs for years – it was even revealed on season 4 of RHONY. Ramona has always steadfastly denied it and defended her marriage. But now that everything is out in the open and she is moving on, Ramona describes it as “a relief at this point.” She continues, “I was walking on eggshells. I have closure now. You give someone a chance, and if they can’t change, you have to go on with your life.”
“I married a traditional man, a God-fearing man — high morals, high scruples, believes in family and tradition,” Ramona says in defense of her long union. This man today is not the man I married.” Ahhh… Ramona – I believe this is called a ‘mid-life crisis’!
I, for one, am proud of Ramona for finally moving on and admitting that her marriage is not perfect. I personally think she ignored his affairs for years until it was unavoidably public. She needs to immediately get on the phone and apologize to LuAnn de Lesseps for all the horrendous comments she made when LuAnn’s husband was cheating and ultimately left her. Ramona had no sympathy for LuAnn and now, of course, she knows exactly what it feels like to have your marriage blowup in a public sphere and have everyone realize what was going on.
Hopefully Ramona won’t be taking any dating tips from Sonja Morgan! And lord, PUH-LEASE do not let Mario and Kasey end up with their own reality show.
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