We didn’t think it was possible…
… but things have turned even uglier between Shannon Beador and David Beador.
According to explosive legal documents, the estranged husband of this Real Housewives of Orange County cast member isn’t just sitting back and letting the reality star say mean things about him.
David is fighting back.
First, a refresher on the status of this formerly happy couple:
Shannon announced in October that she was filing for divorce from her husband of 17 years, not even pretending at the time that the split was amicable.
“It’s heartbreaking for me and my daughters that this is the road that had to be taken but it’s the only way,” the Bravo personality told the world at the time, 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."
This statement, and this divorce decision, came after Shannon revealed to Real Housewives viewers on Season 10 that David had been unfaithful.
About six weeks after she confirmed her break-up, Shannon filed new legal documents that sought full legal custody of her three daughters and which aimed to "take [David] for everything he’s got."
It was contentious then.
And it’s only grown more contentious since, according to Radar Online.
The celebrity gossip site has obtained paper submitted to Orange County Superior Court in which David demands fifty percent custody of 15-year old Sophie and 12-year old Twins Stella and Adeline.
These papers were filed on March 9 and they also accuse Shannon of basically turning the kids against their father.
Writes David in his documents:
"Since separation, the children, on several occasions have refused to talk or see me.
"This behavior has been tolerated in Shannon’s home and is not in the best interests of the children…
"Shannon is not fostering or encouraging a healthy father child relationship."
From here, David accuses The Real Housewives of Orange County itself of providing Shannon with a dangerous lifestyle, specifically when it comes to alcohol.
Reads his latest filing:
“Shannon’s employment encourages excess drinking and extended travel to which Shannon has chosen not to inform me and make accommodations for the kids to stay with me while she is away."
This is a new and interesting one.
We’ve never seen a Real Housewives cast member taken to task by a significant other over what she’s asked to do in order to keep her series entertaining.
Then there’s the issue of her salary, which dwarfs what David takes home for his vocation.
David alleges that Shannon earns up to $600,000 per year, although she previously stated she earned just over $400,000.
This is the sort of thing that will come out once pay stubs and other documents are demanded in court.
We can’t say for certain where things will go between Shannon and David, the latter of whom has a young girlfriend.
But we can say the gloves haven’t just come off in this divorce. They’ve been tossed into the incinerator.