Shannon & David fake funerals

It’s only the second episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County, and Shannon Beador is already worn out. In her latest Bravo blog she says, “I must have watched this episode 10 times. I thought if I saw it enough times I would not cry. It didn’t work.” Shannon’s marriage issues, including husband David’s infidelity, are front and center this season.

Still maintaining that sharing her marital problems with the world is more helpful than hurtful, Shannon claims that the couples therapy filmed for RHOC’s first two episodes “changed both our lives. I never thought our relationship would benefit as much as it did. I wish you could have seen more of the two days that we spent there—so many deep and touching moments.” 


Shannon does admit that “The tombstone exercise was surreal” for her, though. Commenting on the bizarre therapy exercise of attending one’s own fake funeral (and David’s even more bizarre eulogy to his “dead” wife!), Shannon says, “I wrote a lot more than you heard, but it was important for me to include the positive things that David could possibly say about me.” She also wants us to know that David had plenty of great things to say about her too! Um, er, he just didn’t understand the exercise. “He didn’t understand the instructions and apologized immediately after the exercise,” explains Shannon. “We had just completed a task about our ‘issues’ and it stuck with him. Bottom line, my husband loves me and he demonstrated beyond that in this task with his emotions. That is all I care about.”

And although she says it’s difficult to see her marriage issues play out on camera, Shannon says she’s “truly committed to do everything it takes to move forward. I am not going to take two years. It is my hope that someday the memories of this period evoke zero emotion from me. I absolutely forgive David because he has shown true remorse and regret.” She’s also proud of how her daughters have responded to David’s quest for forgiveness. “The twins are young and really don’t know how to process everything; they want their Daddy and family to be happy,” but Shannon adds that she “will never forget the moment when Sophie stood up. To say such an profound comment that she would ‘forgive, but never forget’, broke my heart.” Sophie seems to echo her mother’s sentiments here, no? 

After their weekend of intense therapy, Shannon confesses she was in no mood to attend parties or play nice with frenemy Tamra Judge or RHOC newcomer Meghan Edmonds. “I am spent. Two days of deep and intensive emotional exercises have wiped me out. I look like I have aged 10 years,” says Shannon. And Vicki Gunvalson’s tequila party, she admits, was “the last thing I wanted to go to. It was cold. It was late. I was not excited to see some people that I hadn’t seen for over 6 months.” 

But, wait! Shannon is not jealous of Meghan! Or so she says: “To be clear…I am NOT uncomfortable meeting Meghan. I do not think she flirted with my husband. I was upset at the hoedown because David never introduced me. End of story.” As for Tamra, well, Shannon claims, “I have forgiven Tamra for all of the issues we went through last year. However, I am not going to jump from not seeing her in 6 months to holding her hand after one hour.” Not happy about being without Vicki at next week’s champagne launch – courtesy of Fancy Pants Dubrow – Shannon ominously tells us to “Stay tuned to see how that goes…”


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