Gina Kirschenheiter: Joining The Real Housewives of OC! Getting Divorced!

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After 13 years of marriage, former Real Housewife Alexis Bellino is getting divorced. So is current Real Housewife Shannon Beador. And they're not alone.

Gina Kirschenheiter is a new addition to The Real Housewives of Orange County. Her season doesn't even begin for another week.

But there's already drama -- she's getting a divorce. In fact, these two separated while filming this upcoming season.

Gina Kirschenheiter is Divorcing

Back in March, we told you that the new cast for The Real Housewives of Orange County was revealed. But that wasn't all that happened back in March.

Gina Kirschenheiter, who was already filming for the show at the time, separated from her husband Matthew.

Then, on April 2, the couple filed for divorce -- citing irreconcilable differences.

Gina is asking for sole physical custody of the couple's three children, but joint legal custody.

Gina and Matthew have been married for just about 8 years.

Gina Kirschenheiter and Family

The couple's three children are Nicholas, 5, Sienna, 4, and Luca, 2.

According to RadarOnlineGina also made a request regarding support payments in the divorce filing.

Gina has apparently asked that the court terminate Matthew's spousal support.

She has asked instead for domestic partner support.

Gina is also asking that Matthew pay all of her legal fees during this divorce.

Gina Kirschenheiter, Family Photo

Speaking to Us Weekly, Gina Kirschenheiter released a statement on her divorce.

"After careful consideration and deep thought," her statement begins. "We have decided to end our legal marriage."

"With that said," the statement continues. "We will never end our friendship and will forever remain family."

"We are dedicated to raising our children together in a happy, healthy loving environment," Kirschenheiter says.

That's good. The children should always come first, but that doesn't always mean staying together for them.

Matthew Kirschenheiter

"We will be navigating this difficult process with respect and grace for one another," the statement promises.

So many couples say things like this at the beginning.

Unfortunately, sometimes, divorces go from amicable to acrimonious faster than either party would have imagined.

"We kindly ask for others to treat us with this same respect and grace," the statement concludes. "As we move through this family adjustment."

Of course.

Gina Kirschenheiter

Gina also dished on exactly how the two split apart. It turns out that Matthew's job played a role ... but so did filming The Real Housewives of Orange County.

"I think I did see it as an opportunity that would be good for us," Gina says. "’Cause we’re buddies, we’re friends, we’re just going to navigate this together."

That doesn't always work out, however.

"And then when he couldn’t film, and he’s also away a lot," Gina says. "I think that it probably did have more of a negative effect on our relationship and made things harder."

"Now i’m basically going on this venture," Gina says, referring to the Bravo series. "And he’s not included and involved in it, and it creates even more distance than is already there."

Well, here's a tip for a lasting marriage, folks: don't be part of The Real Housewives of Orange County.

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