Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Jeana Keough is undeniably an OG of the OC. No matter how much Vicki Gunvalson claims she is responsible for the entire Housewives franchise, Jeana was right there with Queen Vicki in the beginning. Jeana left the show after five seasons and has popped up on occasion since then. It is difficult to imagine Jeana fitting in with today’s cast, like dramatic Shannon Beador, out-of-control Kelly Dodd and exhibitionist Braunwyn Windham-Burke. And we all know how much Jeana loves Tamra Judge!
When Jeana was a Housewife, much of her storyline centered around her children, sons Shane Keough and Colton Keough and daughter Kara Keough. Her marriage to Matt Keough was a bit of a mystery and their marital status was confusing. The couple was separated and Jeana dated a bit while filming. Over the years, there have been rumors that Jeana and Matt were divorced. Now, Jeana is clearing up her marital status once and for all.
Bravo’s The Daily Dish reports that Jeana has finally divorced. At the recent BravoCon, Jeana shared, “Last week, I signed the divorce papers.” Last week? It is surprising that the couple is still married. Many people probably assumed that the union had ended years ago. I know I did.
It is easy to imagine that Jeana and Matt were a golden couple at one time. When they married, Matt was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for teams like the Oakland A’s and the St. Louis Cardinals. Jeana had been a Playboy Playmate, ZZ Top video muse and sometime actress in low-budget flicks like The Beach Girls. Sadly, Matt sustained a serious head injury in 1992 when he was hit by a foul ball while sitting in a dugout.
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Jeana cleared up some of the confusion about her marital status at BravoCon, revealing, “Of our 32 [years] married, we were apart for probably 22. I wanted to be there for him.”
While a Housewife, Jeana occasionally discussed the devastating impact Matt’s injury had on their family. I am sure there may be legal, emotional or financial reasons behind their choice to stay married for so long. Many people might have walked away much sooner. If the situation worked for them, who am I to judge?
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On a happier note, Kara recently announced that she is expecting her second child with husband Kyle Bosworth. During BravoCon, Jeana also talked about the possibility of a reboot OC show featuring the children of former RHOC stars, her children included. Sign me up–I would love to see at least a reunion show to catch up on what everyone has been doing.
TELL US- ARE YOU SURPRISED JEANA HAS BEEN SEPARATED FOR 22 YEARS? WHY DO YOU THINK SHE WAITED SO LONG TO DIVORCE?
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