I was going to start this article by listing all the divorced Real Housewives, just to show how tough it is to be on reality TV and remain married. But listing all the happily married couples would literally take less time and space. Is that because reality TV stars are generally pretty insane (and I mean that in the nicest possible way, of course)? Or is it because the strain of having cameras in one’s face 24/7 is just too much for a marriage to handle?
Its a classic chicken/egg dilemma. What comes first? The toxic mess of a marriage or Bravo cameras?
Shannon Beador shows a lot for the cameras on Real Housewives of Orange County. She’s been open about some of the most uncomfortable moments, (i.e. her marital problems with dead eyes David Beador and their subsequent divorce, gaining and now losing weight, and the struggle for financial independence). This season, however, we’re set to see a different side of Shannon as she navigates dating life.
The lemon-enthusiast and mom of three has also been able to share more of her family life on RHOC than co-star TamraJudge, for instance. She still appears to have a tumultuous relationship with her daughter and ex-husband Simon Barney. But other than being beautiful and athletic, we still don’t know much about Shannon’s daughters. Sophie is 18, and twins Stella and Adeline are 15. We do, unfortunately, know that the three young women have witnessed their parents process their divorce, both on and off-camera.
Well, we made it through the first episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County. It was great catching up with all the ladies. Many of the cast members have had significant life changes since last season. Kelly Dodd has a new plastic surgeon boyfriend Brian Reagan–and some recent cosmetic enhancements. Tamra Judge has a new house. Gina Kirschenheiter also has a new house–and unfortunately, a new DUI. Is a bail bond an appropriate housewarming gift? Just asking!
Shannon Beador–well, she has a whole new attitude. After several seasons of divorce drama with ex David Beador, formerly bitter Shannon seems lighter–both in the weight she has worked hard to lose–and in spirit. From the looks of the season trailer, Fun Shannon has officially landed in Orange County. Shannon might be up for all sorts of merriment these days, but she thinks one of her co-stars is a bit of a downer.
It’s tough to be the new girl on a Real Housewives show. All of the
older more seasoned cast members are scared of losing the spotlight, and ultimately, their full-time status on the show. Braunwyn Windham-Burke will make her Real Housewives of Orange County debut on tonight’s Season 14 premiere.
Notably, the OG of the OC, Vicki Gunvalson, has been demoted to part-time status. So, those are some
obnoxious big shoes for Braunwyn to fill. Does she have what it takes to last on RHOC? Or will she be a “one and done” like Peggy Sulahian or Peggy Tanous? Well, at least her name isn’t Peggy, so she doesn’t have to deal with that one-season curse. Then again, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson each got a second season after contributing zero during their rookie years. RHOC is struggling to say the least. Does Braunwyn have what it takes to resuscitate the original Real Housewives show!? Let’s hope so. There’s a lot riding on this, Braunwyn.
Shannon Beador has been through an emotional ringer over the last several years. A very painful, public divorce from her ex David Beador played out endlessly on the Real Housewives of Orange County. Viewers watched Shannon struggling with working out the legal details of her split on Season 13. She and David finally settled their divorce earlier this year. After all the divorce drama, Shannon seemed to be moving on, even going out on a date on the show last season.
Shannon was recently spotted with a mystery man after a reported split with Comcast Executive Rick Stanley, but she had not confirmed anything about her current dating status. Now, Shannon is revealing she has a new love interest.
It’s been quite a ride for Shannon Beador since she joined Real Housewives of Orange County. Since we’ve “known” her, Shannon has weathered many storms (see what I did there? I’ll show myself out). First, there was her rocky road to a relationship with Heather Dubrow. Then there was THE AFFAIR, which sent Shannon on a crusade to save her marriage to dead eyes David Beador. Finally, there was the separation and inevitable divorce. Nine lemons in a bowl weren’t enough to save that ship.
Shannon’s life has always been something to watch. In Season 14 of RHOC, I think we’re going to see a completely different Shannon. Since last season, she’s totally come into her own as an individual. She started her own QVC food line, got back in shape – and started dating again with the help of former frenemy Kelly Dodd. Now it looks like Shannon is on to the next!
The big news in Housewife Land has been that the Real Housewives of Orange County is back for Season 14. I have to admit, the last few seasons of RHOC have not been stellar, but I have remained optimistic that things will get better. And from the looks of this season’s trailer, it appears that Season 14 will be a good one, full of cast trips, fights and meltdowns. Finally!
All of the cast will be back, with a few changes in store. Braunwyn Windham-Burke has been added as a new Housewife. OG Vicki Gunvalson is now in a Friend of role. I am sure she was hoarse from shrieking by the end of the day she learned about that decision! And Vicki’s Tres Amigas pal Shannon Beador will continue to share her post-divorce journey with viewers–but one thing is different about her.
The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Shannon Beador’s divorce from David Beador has been going on since 2017. Just like in their marriage, we have watched endless drama play out in their split. David even representing himself instead of hiring an attorney. And the former couple’s ongoing battles over support payments, custody issues, and assets.
Shannon and David finalized their divorce on April 25th and details of the divorce were kept private. Of course, such details have a way of leaking out-and now we have a glimpse into the biggest D-I-V-O-R-C-E in the OC since Vicki Gunvalson split from the long-suffering Donn Gunvalson.