AceShowbiz - "The Real Housewives of Orange County" star %cShannon Beador% and husband David have decided to go separate ways. The pair, who have been married for 17 years, split a little over a month ago, PEOPLE reported.
Shannon, who shares three daughters with David, broke the news to her co-stars on the Bravo reality show on Friday, October 27 while filming the season 12 reunion. "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 53-year-old star told the site. "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 is not the path that I thought that I would be taking," Shannon added. "To come from the highest of the highs last year to go to such a low so quickly? At the beginning when it starts to crumble, you think, 'This is just a phase. It'll get better.' But it never did."
"RHOC" viewers might know it's been a roller-coaster marriage for her and David. In season 10, Shannon revealed that David cheated on her, and to make it worse, she learned the truth only days before filming began. But at the time, they didn't want to give up on their marriage just yet as they tried to save it by going through therapy and open-dialogue with their family.
It worked for a while, leading David to renew their vow at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The place held so much memories for the couple as it was where they said their "I dos" for the first time, and was the place where David popped the question to Shannon on her birthday. But splitting seemingly was inevitable for the two.
Shannon revealed that splitting from David was not an easy decision to make, noting that she feared it would affect her daughters, 15-year-old Sophie and 12-year-old twins Stella and Adeline, badly. "As a mother, I want to be a good role model for my daughters," she opened up. "Three years ago I was proud of what I showed them, because I fought for keeping my family together after infidelity. As the last year went by, it's been extremely difficult and painful to watch the show, because clearly I was in denial about what was going on in my marriage. I was taking things out on other people instead of at home."
She continued, "As a mother you keep thinking about your daughters and you have to say, 'This is an unhealthy environment.' Not only is it unhealthy for me, but it's unhealthy for my girls, too. They deserve a happy and joyful home, and I am providing that for them now."
Following the split, Shannon and David have been committed themselves to good parenting. They would gather for a weekly dinner to make the transition easier for them. A few weeks ago, they were even spotted attending sport events at the University of Southern California with the kids. Shannon posted the photo during the event and captioned it, "Fight on Trojans! Sophie is so excited to be sitting with one of my best friend's, @chasemcgrath the USC kicker's family! #beatUtah #goChase."
"We are doing our best to be amicable for our children," Shannon went on saying. "That's our primary concern, to act in the best interest of our daughters."
Although she admitted that being out on her own, when she's 53 years old, was scary, she believed she could handle it. "I intend to show myself and my daughters that it can be done. I'm ready to get the old Shannon back, that's for sure," she vowed.