It's sad, and maybe a little bit surprising, but it's true:
Shannon Beador and David Beador have ended their marriage.
The Real Housewives of Orange County cast member and her husband of 17 years split last month, People Magazine has confirmed, with Shannon herself announcing the news on Friday afternoon.
“It’s heartbreaking for me and my daughters that this is the road that had to be taken but it’s the only way,” Shannon said, taking a swipe at David by adding:
“I felt alone in my marriage. You can do what you can to keep your family together, but you have to have willing parties.
"You need two people to make a marriage work, and that just wasn’t happening in our relationship.”
The couple share three kids together: Sophie, 15, and twins Stella and Adeline, 12.
In a statement to Bravo, Shannon said the following of her separation:
“After much thought and careful consideration, David and I have made the difficult decision to separate.
"We remain partners in parenthood and are committed to raising our three daughters.
"This is not the future we envisioned, and we kindly ask for privacy, especially for our children, during this transitional time.”
Anyone who has followed The Real Housewives of Orange Country for Beador's four-year duration can't be all that shocked by this development.
On season 10, the series regular revealed that David was unfaithful to her via an affair she learned about just days before filming got underway.
The two then spent time repairing their marriage through therapy and open dialogue with their family, all of which was captured on camera.
Unfortunately, not even an eventual vow renewal at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in California could save this marriage.
Over the past few months, meanwhile, David and Shannon grew rather distance.
The former often seemed to choose the gym over spending time with his family.
The stars also dealt with an ugly accusation by Vicki Gunvalson last season that David “beat the s—” out of Shannon," an allegation that never proved to be true... yet which caused Shannon to stress eat and gain around 40 pounds.
“This is not the path that I thought that I would be taking,” Beador also told People.
“To come from the highest of the highs last year to go to such a low so quickly? At the beginning when it starts to crumble, you think, ‘This is just a phase. It’ll get better.’ But it never did.”
Finally, this is the main point Beador wanted to emphasize with People:
“We are doing our best to be amicable for our children. That’s our primary concern, to act in the best interest of our daughters.”
Look for Shannon to talk about it in more detail with Andy Cohen on an episode of Watch What Happens Live next month.