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It’s all over for Sheila Downs and Nate Duhon.
The Married at First Sight couple has confirmed via social media that they are getting a divorce.
But they aren’t doing so in amicable fashion.
Having gotten married (at first sight, no less) on Season 5 of this controversial reality show, clear trouble for Downs and Duhon was afoot a few weeks ago when the former Tweeted:
“Just got a call from the woman who’s been sleeping with my husband…the same woman who he called on the honeymoon.”
She later Tweeted a follower:
“He admitted it.”
We’d file for divorce under that circumstance if we were Sheila, too.
However, Duhon disputes this account.
On Sunday, he denied that his wandering penis played any role in the break-up, while also denying said penis wandered into any other woman’s vagina.
“Prior to any statements made about me, we were no longer living together and I already filed for divorce,” he wrote, adding:
“This was known to both parties, my lawyer, and the lawyer for the show.
“The reason that led me to file for divorce from Ms. Downs was thoroughly understood by all parties as well.”
Simply put, he claims:
Infidelity was not a reason, nor did I ever admit such a thing. Thank you to those of you who have shown support throughout this tough time.
On the fifth season finale of this Lifetime series, Duhon expressed his doubts about the romance, while the newlyweds got into an explosive fight.
As you can see, not much has changed between them over time.
Following Duhon’s denial, Downs tried to get the last word late on Sunday.
“I see that instead of finally operating in integrity, [Nate] chose to continue to lie,” she wrote on Instagram.
But this wasn’t all.
Buckle in for a lengthy post in her own defense…
My husband & I had problems. Yes. He was dishonest and there were women throughout our ENTIRE marriage.
Admittedly, I didn’t know how to handle that; and as you saw on the show, I handled it poorly at times.
I’m not proud of that, but I am extremely proud of the woman who acknowledges that and has made a conscious effort to change the things I didn’t like. When I got married, I meant FOREVER.
I unfortunately was the only one. If you watch the show back, my meltdown on the balcony was because Nathan said that he wanted a divorce.
That was the first of probably 40+ times.
And then came the women and the nights he would ignore my calls, block my number, engage in illicit activities, or not come home at all. On the cruise, we were intimate.
We admittedly had problems, but I was fighting for my marriage only to have a woman who had reached out to me before call me AGAIN with receipts..
Now had my husband already begun living a single life?? Absolutely!
On Twitter, meanwhile, Downs had even more to say about the situation:
It’s really pathetic how far Nate is going to try to save face.
I’m many things, but I am NOT a liar.
I stayed in my marriage BC of my COVENANT WITH GOD. Nate cried & told me he wasn’t ready & I deserved better almost a year ago.
I should’ve let him go then..& for real the worst thing you can say is that we had 4 counselors??
That is correct we went to 1 ONCE who just wasn’t a fit, 1 was a hardcore fan of the show (kinda a problem), one was nice as can be but a space cadet, & then we found the one!
We aren’t taking sides here.
And cheating is always wrong.
But we are curious how God feels about His covenant with you when it gets finalized on a reality TV show after you literally just met the man you’re marrying.
We. Are. Just. Sayin.
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Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who became the first female Muslim judge in the United States in 1994, was found dead in New York City on Wednesday.
She was 65 years old.
According to CNN, police responded to a 911 call about an individual floating in the The Hudson River around 1:45 p.m. yesterday.
Upon examination, they discovered an unconscious and unresponsive woman, who was later pronounced dead and identified as Abdus-Salaam.
She been reported missing the day before.
The New York Police Department confirms that a medical examiner will soon announce the cause of death, while the case is under investigations.
It is unclear whether foul play is suspected at this time, although there were no signs of trauma at the scene.
Abdus-Salaam had been an associate justice on the New York Court of Appeals since 2013, when she was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“I was proud to appoint her to the state’s highest court and am deeply saddened by her passing,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the state’s Court of Appeals, she was a pioneer.
“Through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to her family, loved ones and colleagues during this trying and difficult time.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also paid tribute to the justice in a tweet on Wednesday, writing of Sheila Abdus-Salaam:
“Deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Sheila Abdus-Salaam. She was a humble pioneer.”
Abdus-Salaam graduated from Barnard College and received her law degree from Columbia Law School.
She started her career as a staff attorney for East Brooklyn Legal Services and served as a judge in Manhattan state Supreme Court for 14 years, according to the state Office of Court Administration’s website.
Seymour W. James Jr., attorney in chief at the Legal Aid Society, said via his own statement that the judge’s shocking death had left many heartbroken.
“She leaves a lasting impact on New York — from her time as a legal services attorney fighting on behalf of low-income families, to her tenure as the first African-American woman to preside on the state’s highest court.”
Abdus-Salaam grew up in Washington as one of seven children.
As a public defender in Brooklyn, she represented people who could not afford lawyers and then served as an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State attorney general’s office.
What a horribly sad story.
We’ll keep readers apprised if any new details break.
In the meantime, we send our condolences to the friends, family members and loved ones of Sheila Abdus-Salaam.