Well, it turns out we were wrong:
The divorce between David Beador and Shannon Beador actually can get even uglier.
In a very specific way that you rarely hear about, in fact. Allow us to explain…
The Real Housewives of Orange County star announced her split from her husband of 17 years back in October.
From the outset of this confirmation, it was clear that extreme tension existed between Shannon and David, considering the swipe she took at him in alerting the world to their break-up.
This is what she said in a statement:
“It’s heartbreaking for me and my daughters that this is the road that had to be taken but it’s the only way.
“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 reality stars share three children together: Sophie, 15, and twins Stella and Adeline, 12.
This statement was far from the end of the discord between the Beadors, however.
In a set of legal documents, David accused Shannon of heavily drinking and of keeping him from his kids, writing for the court to review:
“Shannon is not fostering or encouraging a healthy father child relationship…
“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.”
Yes, David actually blamed Shannon’s role on television for the trouble in their relationship.
But… WAIT! There was still more acrimony to come between the estranged spouses.
Specifically, Shannon has accused David of cheating on her. Often.
On the season premiere of The Real Housewives of Orange County this month, Tamra Judge told Shannon that she had met David’s new girlfriend all the way back in October — back when he was still married to Shannon.
Of course, this girlfriend, Lesley Cook has come out and said Tamra was simply lying; that she didn’t start sleeping with David until after the marriage was over.
Wherever the truth lies, David has once again upped the vicious ante between himself and the long-time Bravo star.
Featured this week on The Daily Dish podcast, Shannon stunned listeners when she said David has demanded that she stop using his last name.
“It’s been requested from my ex that I’m not worthy of the name Beador,” Shannon said during this interview.
That’s not something you often see, is it?
Will the 54-year old agree to this request?
“For the sake of my kids, I think I’m going to stay Shannon Beador,” she said.
It is perhaps worth noting, though, that Beador’s official Instagram handle remains @shannonbeador, but her headline now includes her full name: Shannon Storms Beador.
Wait… Storms is her maiden name???
We agree that David is out of line in asking her to stop Beader, but Shannon Storms?!?
What an awesome name.