Real Housewives With the Most Confusing Relationships

Drew Sidora
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Followers of Bravo’s Real Housewives have seen just about everything when it comes to weird and creepy relationships. While some marriages, like Heather Dubrow and Terry Dubrow, work at all levels, multiple couples try too hard to force their storyline to work. Every now and then, there are some relationships that seem off, leaving fans to wonder how anyone can let their love life get so confusing. 

Alex McCord

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Alex McCord graced the small screen during Real Housewives of New York City Seasons 1 to 4. She has been married to Simon van Kempen since 2000, and the two share two children together.

Right away, Big Apple viewers could tell something was off between the two as they came across as eccentric. Not only did the couple only speak French to their two sons, but both seemed extremely co-dependent on one another for almost everything. 

What made fans, and even Ramona Singer, cringe was that Simon, an Australian businessman, loved dressing Alex as if she were his personal Barbie. And the outfits weren’t even that good! It didn’t help that Simon was always wandering around in a budgie smuggler anytime there was a scene at the beach. Even though the two are still going strong, something just seemed off about them. 

Gretchen Rossi

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Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi came onto the franchise like a bright light, and her upbeat personality was contagious. At the time, she was engaged to Jeff Beitzel, who lost his battle with cancer in 2008. While their age difference raised eyebrows, what caused fans to balk even more was when she shortly stepped out of the shadows dating Slade Smiley. The father often came across as a snake oil salesman who had already dated one housewife previously. 

Bravo viewers weren’t a fan of Slade, especially since he had a way of inserting himself into the drama with the other women, including Vicki Gunvalson, whom he at one time called “Miss Piggy.”

What came across as confusing was Gretchen’s undying support of Slade. Whether she was defending him against the accusation of owing child support or being a user, Gretchen stuck by his side. During Season 8, she even proposed to him, but they remain unwed. 

Tinsley Mortimer

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The debutant of Real Housewives of New York City, Tinsley Mortimer, was always keeping her eye out for love and thought she had found it when she began dating Scott Kluth. Bravo viewers were actually rooting for the couple after Carole Radziwill introduced the two on a double date.

Without a doubt, their relationship moved at warp speed, with Tinsley even leaning in for a cheeky kiss at the end of their first date. There were some borders, with Scott working and living in Chicago, while Tinsley still residing in New York. However, Scott, who seemed nice initially, refused to commit and kept breaking up with the heiress.

The relationship never seemed genuine, and the theory was only proven when Scott popped up at her hotel door with flowers, evidently forcing Tinsley to collapse onto the floor crying, very dramatic. As predicted, the couple didn’t last, and Tinsley is now back on the hunt, as supporters continue to question her judgment in ever dating Scott in the first place.

Drew Sidora

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 Literally, everything is cringe-worthy when it comes to Drew Sidora and Ralph Pittman’s marriage. From the start, the two have come across as a complete mismatch, leaving fans of Real Housewives of Atlanta scratching their heads.

The former Rutgers University football player has not spoken kindly to his wife during any of their seasons. Still, at times, Drew seemed to take his attitude without ever arguing back. Ralph came across as a major gaslighter who could have cared less about his wife’s emotional state. 

Ralph was also caught flirting numerous times, and even though Drew pleaded with him to stop, he didn’t. Drew has accused her ex of being an adulterer who often controlled her financially. The relationship was too complicated for fans to understand, and many were not surprised when the couple announced their divorce this past year.