By now, everyone has heard about the break up of Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz. The Vanderpump Rules couple have been with us from the show’s inception in 2013. Fans watched their relationship ups and downs. We even watched their wedding ceremony in 2016. The wedding, which was filmed for VPR, ended up being not legally binding. But the pair did make it official in 2019.
While their relationship certainly wasn’t easy, the couple was open about their struggles. Now an interview Katie did with Page Six in January resurfaced, where she got candid about how they were “not perfect.” The interview came after rumors that their marriage was over started to circulate. Said Katie, “Obviously, we are not perfect. We fight a lot. We don’t try to hide our flaws.”
She admitted, “We don’t try to hide that we have issues and lie and try to maintain this perfect front.” Katie also noted that sharing the good and the bad of their lives together has been “really helpful.” She credits the longevity of their relationship to being so open.
Katie continued, “When people try to act like they have a perfect relationship, that’s when things can kind of fall apart because it can be exhausting to keep that up. Because we do put it all out there and we’re not ashamed of it … we’re living the truth.”
Katie also noted back then that her relationship with Tom wasn’t swayed by the opinions of others. Katie revealed, “We don’t really let opinions of what people think about our relationship or our marriage get in the way because we know what goes on every day between us and that’s what’s most important. We take inventory and stock over here. We know what we have and what’s going on.”
After rumors were again sparked by a photo of Katie not wearing her ring, the couple finally announced their breakup on their Instagram accounts. Katie’s post read in part, “I never thought I would have to make an announcement like this. But I feel it’s important that I’m open about my life with you. After 12 years on an adventure through our life together Tom and I are ending our marriage.”
In his post, Tom seemed to indicate that this was Katie’s decision. Tom wrote that he, “Fully respect[s] Katie’s decision and we’ve had healthy, productive conversations about it. It would be far sadder if she decided to stay with me whilst not happy. After 9 years on a reality TV show it feels a little tone def to say ‘please respect our privacy’ (especially while posting this) so instead I’ll ask [you] to please be kind.”
He concluded his post, “So, I’ll shut up now and say it one last time, love you Bub. Always & forever you’ll be in my heart.”
While Katie and Tom have taken a lot of criticism about their relationship over the years, the news of their breakup proved that VPR fans really were rooting for them. One fan tweeted, “I hope Tom and Katie aren’t getting divorced because I adore them together.” Unfortunately, some online speculated this was all part of a storyline for the upcoming season.
The show has been lagging in ratings since they cleaned house. One user said on Katie’s IG post, “Yep. They’re working with the cast to fish for another season, and this is the offering. A VPR almost divorce.”
TELL US – ARE YOU SAD THAT TOM AND KATIE BROKE UP? ARE YOU SURPRISED? DO YOU THINK IT’S ALL FOR A VPR STORYLINE?
[Photo Credit: Nicole Weingart/Bravo]