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The world now knows things about Matt Lauer’s shameful, inexcusable conduct that no one ever wanted to know but everyone needs to know.
His wife, Annette Roque, knows about them, too. For a wife, it must be a nightmare, just a rung or two below “husband turned out to be a serial killer.”
And it looks like she’s finally moving for a divorce … and may be planning to clean him out in the process.
Matt Lauer’s disgraceful behavior only recently came to light, but his alleged misdeeds have been going on for years.
Accusations of sexual harassment have him doing things like giving wildly inappropriate sex toy gifts, along with notes on how he wants to use them on the recipient. Or inviting a coworker into his office, dropping his pants, and scolding her when she balked instead of performing a sex act on him.
And of course using NBC work trips as almost a hunting ground for young, ambitious women who could be lured — or tricked — into coming to his hotel room.
Worst of all, Matt Lauer has been accused of rape. Of allegedly locking a woman in his office through his creepy desk button and just bending her over without her consent, only stopping when she passed out.
When NBC announced that they’d fired him over an incident that they had reason to believe was not isolated, investigators who’d been quietly working on their Lauer stories published what they knew.
In the aftermath of these horrifying revelations, Annette Roque fled the country with her youngest children.
We absolutely cannot blame her. Can you?
They’ve been married for two decades — if you look at older photos of them, Matt Lauer almost looks like he has hair in them — and though she’d reportedly not trusted him at times, it’s probably fair to say that she can’t have known the extent of his bad behavior.
And now her husband is one of the most infamous men on a very long list of recently exposed powerful men who are accused of using their wealth and positions to turn coworkers into victims.
That sounds unbearable.
Strangely enough, it appeared for a while there that Annette Roque was refusing to divorce Matt Lauer.
Reportedly, they were trying to make things work amicably for the sake of their children.
Honestly? That sounds like it would work if he’d just been a cheater, or even a famous cheater.
But he’s accused of wronging so many women, not just his wife. Some marriage counseling and a few months sleeping in the guest room aren’t going to fix that.
And it looks like Annette has finally, finally realized that.
Star reports that Annette Roque was seen meeting with lawyers, and their source says that a split announcement should be “coming any day now.”
It had been previously reported that Annette was spending a great deal of time “hiding out” at home, avoiding news, calls, and the internet because she already knew more than anyone ever wanted to about her husband.
Star suggests that Annette may not rest until, despite her prenup with Matt Lauer, she wrests a substantial sum from Matt Lauer in the divorce.
If that’s true, well, good for you, Annette.
Annette filed for divorce from Matt Lauer, however briefly, back in 2006.
At the time, her attorneys claimed that her husband treated her in an inhumane manner, but it’s been pointed out that New York law at the time didn’t allow divorce over irreconcilable differences, so if you wanted a divorce, you had to accuse your spouse of being a toxic jerk in order to establish grounds.
(Honestly, it’s weird that any court could ever set standards for whether or not a couple can divorce)
And they reconciled a week later.
Still, if there were ever a time to do well in a divorce (and prenups are seldom as ironclad as people imagine), it’s when your husband has just been accused of being absolute scum.
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We’ve described what was an amicable separation, in which the couple was putting their children first. That was so admirable.
In the space of just one month, however, that arrangement has devolved into a very contentious divorce.
Shannon Beador has been having a rough go of it in recent years.
Back in 2015, David Beador cheated on Shannon. That’s not speculation — they’ve both spoken about it. David admitted to it.
(As we say every time, folks, if you don’t want to live monogamously, either don’t enter a committed relationship or enter a relationship with one or more people who don’t demand monogamy. Otherwise, you’re just being a jerk)
But what should have been the low point that led to an end to their problems wasn’t the end of their marriage’s troubles.
The Real Housewives of Orange County costar Vicki Gunvalson spread nasty rumors about Shannon Beador’s marriage.
Shannon then blamed Vicki for her weight gain, as she responded to the situation by stress-eating.
(Yes, Shannon later apologized, admitting that Vicki was not in fact some sort of witch who had cursed her to grow a softer tummy)
Other costars’ reactions to Shannon’s weight gain ranged from sympathy to fitness guru Tamra Judge’s fear that Shannon might die.
The biggest reaction to Shannon’s weight wasn’t a costar or her fans, though.
To hear her tell it, David Beador stopped loving Shannon when she got “fat.” He wouldn’t touch her and apparently couldn’t stand to look at her.
But, as we’ve described, Shannon and David have been keeping things amicable since their separation in October.
Though David moved out and began dating other women, the two have continued to to do regular family gatherings for the sake of their children.
Going out to dinner or to sportsball games, they’ve been smiling and making it clear that their children come first.
Some wondered if their separation would continue until their children were all a few years older and could grow accustomed to the idea.
RadarOnline reports that this has now changed.
Apparently, Shannon Beador has filed court documents of “dissolution with child.”
(That, to be clear, means that she wants to dissolve the marriage, not their three children)
Shannon also filed a custody declaration, an income declaration, and an expense declaration.
(RadarOnline‘s sources tell them that Shannon’s seeking full custody, and “generous” spousal support and child support. But that’s usually how divorces go)
She filed these documents last Friday, which just so happened to be the first of December.
As it turns out, that was not a coincidence. …
According to another RadarOnline report, Shannon Beador is done playing nice with David.
Their insider explains why Shannon filed these documents on December first:
“Shannon wanted to give David an early Christmas present, so she waited until December to drop the bomb on him.”
Dang. That sounds intense.
“She’s going after full custody and hopes to take him for everything he’s got.”
Are those war drums that we hear in the distance?
“She has so much support right now from all of her cast members and friends.”
That makes sense.
“They all hated David so much and are just beyond thrilled that she finally got rid of him.”
While we don’t expect for The Real Housewives of Orange County cameras to actually follow their divorce proceedings, we’re sure that it will be a big part of Shannon Beador’s future storyline.
But we don’t imagine that we’ll see David. The series is about housewives, not ex-husbands.
While we don’t know yet who will triumph in the divorce battle, we know who’s losing out when the parents begin a no-holds-barred war:
The couple’s three children.
To be clear, we’re not suggesting that they stay together or stay married for the sake of their kids. That’s a recipe for a toxic home environment and children who blame themselves for the misery of their parents.
But an amicable divorce is good for everyone involved. As satisfying as this upcoming court drama might be for fans and viewers, it’s going to take its toll on the Beador kids.
That said … sometimes, there’s just no choice.
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