Real Housewives Who Upgraded From Their First Marriages

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It isn’t every day that a Real Housewives star gets a second chance at love. When you take your vows, it is supposed to be for better or for worse, but sometimes you have to ditch the dead weight and elevate your love life. This is precisely what the following Housewives did when it came to upgrading their husbands.

Sometimes, Aphrodite shines her good luck down on a Bravo star and grants them and viewers a real treat, which usually includes a vow renewal or two and some gigantic themed weddings. 

Tamra Judge


The Real Housewives of Orange County star’s marriage to Simon Barney wasn’t the perfect union. During the earlier seasons, viewers watched as Tamra Judge tried her best to be a perfect housewife, which included silencing her personality. For years, followers watched their tumultuous relationship play out on the show. During Season 5, on the limo ride to the end of the summer wrap party, Tamra even told Simon she wanted a divorce. In 2010, Simon filed for divorce after 12 years of marriage. 

However, Tamra didn’t lose love after meeting Eddie Judge. The two’s connection was undeniable, and fans were able to witness their relationship bloom. Eddie embraced everything Tamra was and loved her for her flaws. The two tied the knot in June of 2013 and have been happily married for the last ten years. 

Cynthia Bailey

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Cynthia Bailey was almost the modern-day runaway bride when it came to walking down the aisle to Peter Thomas. The couple tied the knot in 2010, but the marriage wasn’t meant to last. On their wedding day, the supermodel’s sister and mother even debated hiding the marriage license.

The couple never seemed on the right page and eventually became business partners in Bar One and Sports One. After their divorce in 2017, Cynthia asked that her ex pay her back for a loan in the amount of $170,000. Naturally, it got very messy and only proved the two were not soulmates.

Cynthia then met Mike Hill, and “Chill” was born. The two really seemed like an excellent match as they blended their family together. They tied the knot in October of 2020 during the worldwide pandemic, which again should have been a sign from the gods. Mike treated Cynthia much better than her first husband, but even this upgrade couldn’t last, and the two called it quits in 2022. 

Karen Huger

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The Grand Dame of Potomac, Karen Huger, was first married to a man named Edmund E. Carte. Not much is known about Karen’s first husband, only that the marriage wasn’t the right fit. They divorced two years before Karen set eyes on her current husband.

Karen met Ray Huger at a Black Caucus event, and the couple married in 1996. During Season 6, the couple decided to walk down the aisle again for a vow renewal. There is no doubt that Karen upgraded when she married Ray and now lives an extremely lavish lifestyle. 

Taylor Armstrong

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Taylor Armstrong and Russell Armstrong tied the knot in October 2005. Still, her time on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills showed a toxic union that often caused Taylor emotional and physical pain. During Season 2, Camille Grammer revealed that Russell had been abusing Taylor to the point of her needing reconstructive surgery. The series showed Taylor opening up about her marriage and abuse shortly after. Taylor filed for divorce in July of 2011, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple remained married until Russell’s death only a month later. 

The blonde bombshell did find love again, however, when she met John Bluher. Though Taylor initially thought she would only be seeking some legal advice from John, in 2014, cupid shot his arrow and decided to give Taylor a second chance.

At the time of their meeting, John was married with three children, but once his divorce was finalized, he popped the question to the mother of one. Taylor was given her happily ever after when they married in April 2014, and John adopted Taylor’s daughter.