The RHOC couple, who are parents to Sophie, Adeline, and Stella, separated over a month ago.
On Friday, Shannon announced the separation to her RHOC co-stars during 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,” Shannon told PEOPLE. “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.”
It’s been a rollercoaster of a couple of years for the RHOC couple following David’s year-long affair. While the couple’s relationship was rocky for a while they ultimately worked through David’s infidelity and renewed vows in 2016.
However, things turned ugly again when David began to get distant over this last year. Adding to the problem was Shannon’s shocking 40-pound weight gain that she said “disgusted” her husband and created a bigger wedge in their marriage.
Despite their issues, Shannon says she was “crushed” by the news of their separation.
“This is not the path that I thought that I would be taking,” Shannon said. “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.”
Shannon says the breaking point came when she watching the show back this year and thought about the example she was setting for her daughters.
“As a mother, I want to be a good role model for my daughters,” Shannon explained. “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. … 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.”
Since their split, Shannon and David have been co-parenting and having weekly dinners together to make the transition easier for their kids. They have also come together for their daughter’s sporting events and USC football games.
“We are doing our best to be amicable for our children,” Shannon said, adding that her daughters are dealing with the split the best they can. “That’s our primary concern, to act in the best interest of our daughters.”
As for her life after David, Shannon says “I’m a strong person. At this point it’s scary, when you’re 53 years old, to be out there on your own. But 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.”
I’m shocked that Shannon and David split. I wish the best for them both but perhaps they will be happier without each other. Shannon just secured herself a spot on season 13 of RHOC.
Are you shocked David and Shannon have separated? Is there a chance that David and Shannon will get back together? Do you think David and Shannon will end up divorcing?
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