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As naive as this sounds, I was actually pretty surprised when Scheana Marie Shay and Mike Shay announced that they were getting divorced after just two years of marriage. Sure, they weren’t the strongest reality TV couple, but Scheana was always all about her marriage, so I figured it would last longer. Scheana’s off-again-on-again friend Stassi Schroeder claims that she did see the split coming and that she noticed a “red flag” before they officially broke up.

I’m not sure if Stassi noticed the “red flag” at the time, or if it was more of a “hindsight is 20/20” situation. Either way, as a complete outsider, I have to say that I noticed the same thing while I watched this season of Vanderpump Rules. Still, I can’t tell if it’s something I would have genuinely noticed on my own or if it’s just a case of confirmation bias on part. Either way, these two are dunzo and it was actually pretty obvious.

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In an interview with Us Weekly, Stassi pointed out, “You’ll see as you keep watching this season. Shay kind of backed off from us almost entirely. It felt like he was almost never around.” As a viewer, I did notice Shay’s absence, but at the same time, I can’t tell if I would have if I didn’t have the knowledge of their separation in the back of my mind. Nevertheless, I think a lot of us would have realized that Scheana stopped bringing almost every conversation back to her marriage.

But anyway, Stassi added, “So that to me was like a little bit of a red flag, but like nothing major. So when they actually decided to split up, that was a little shocking.” That’s an interesting statement to make, both confirming what she saw, but also backtracking about whether or not she was surprised. Either way, he barely appeared in any episodes this season and considering that pretty much this entire cast is coupled up and that their significant others are alerways included, Shay’s chronic absence did stand out.

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Stassi also recalled her reaction to the news that Scheana and Shay were filing for divorce: “It was so fast that, like, I don’t remember having, like, a real reaction. All I know is that I’m happy that they are getting a divorce. I think Scheana’s handled it so well and she’s been so strong.”

The timing was pretty interesting though. I’m not sure if the divorce announcement was purposely public just in time to drum up hype for the Vanderpump Rules season or if Scheana was just trying cut off speculation about trouble in paradise before the episodes started airing. Either way, it seems like the cast is pretty much done with Shay and won’t be referencing him after this season ends. Normally, that wouldn’t be surprising since most people don’t hang out with their exes, but the Pump Rules cast members always end up being on good terms with each other no matter who has slept with who, but maybe marriage is the exception to that?

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