Another Real Housewives marriage has fallen victim to the reality TV marriage curse.
During part two of the Real Housewives of Dallas season 5 reunion, Kary Brittingham announced that she was divorcing her husband Eduardo Brittingham after 12 years of marriage.
During the reunion, host Andy Cohen asked Kary about her rude behavior throughout season 5: “When you watched yourself this season, what was your reaction?”
“This was a really tough season for me and watching it back, I realized how much hurt and how much I was struggling in my life,” Kary explained, before breaking the news that she and Eduardo were divorcing. “As I watched that I realized how much in pain I was. My marriage was falling apart and I didn’t want to admit it. After the show finished, me and Eduardo had a real heart-to-heart talk and we decided we needed to go our separate ways. We just told our kids right before coming to the reunion.”
She admitted she was “really scared,” and “was trying to mask what I was going through,” while filming season 5.
“Obviously, I’m very ashamed of my behavior. My kids saw that. I really regret that,” she said while fighting back tears.
Following part 2 of the reunion, Kary opened up further about her divorce on Instagram and in an interview with PEOPLE.
Throughout season 5, Kary received a lot of heat from fans and her RHOD co-stars for her nasty behavior. Kary now says she was trying to mask the “pain” she was going through at the time.
“I think that I was just trying to have fun and just kind of like, push it down,” she told PEOPLE. “At the end of the day, I was clearly hurting so much. I guess I wasn’t talking to anyone about it. I’m like, a huge person that needs to talk things through and just, I need that. I think I was just suppressing it so much that that was just really a big thing and with the pandemic and the kids — and we were just in such close quarters. I guess it emphasized so much more of what our issues were and just how not happy we were.”
“So, obviously, I definitely was a little more wild this year and drinking a little bit extra,” she added. “It was my big 50th birthday and everything that I was going through. And the last thing I wanted to do is to have a failed marriage. I wanted to really figure it out and make it work. But at the end of the day, I just had to be honest with myself and I was just not happy. He was not happy and we just needed to face that.”
Kary and Eduardo married in 2009 in Careyes, Mexico. They share one daughter Isabella. The RHOD star also has three children, daughters Olivia and Sofia, and son Alex, from her previous marriage.
The now-former reality TV couple officially split in January 2021 after a neighbor offered to purchase their Dallas home. This offer forced the couple to have a serious talk about the future of their marriage, which is when they decided to go their separate ways.
“That night they gave us an offer that we couldn’t refuse,” she said. “That was kind of like when I couldn’t sleep all night and I was really thinking about everything. I had a talk with Eduardo the next day after we got the offer. I said, ‘Listen, we need to talk about everything. Because if we sell the house this is a time to sell it and not move to the same place. It’s like, is it time to talk about our issues so we can kind of make the big decisions?'”
“I knew that I hadn’t been happy and I was just trying to pretend I was,” she added.
Kary has previously been open about her issues with being financially dependent on her husband but now she says she’s excited about her next chapter.
“I am not going to lie that I’m definitely very scared,” she said. “It’s a very scary time. In January, I literally would drive around in my car and just start bawling, crying. And I’m not a big crier. It was so obvious that I had so much inside of me. I was just really scared because I’m like, I don’t want to fail at this marriage. I didn’t want to fail at anything. And I’m scared. I mean, I am so lucky that I have my jewelry. And I had so much support from that. That has been amazing.”
“I just have to really keep working hard and prove it to my kids and three daughters, especially, that no matter what age, no matter when you can still figure it out and make it, just keep thriving,” she added. “I guess now more than ever, I’m having the drive to really make it happen. I’m determined to show everyone that I can do it.”
She concluded: “I feel like when you’re happier and when you’re happy with yourself, you’re just a better person.”
Part 1 of the Real Housewives of Dallas reunion airs on Tuesday, May 4 at 10:30 p.m. ET.