Renowned reality television personality Lisa Vanderpump recently shared her sentiments regarding her former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-star, Kyle Richards. Despite their strained relationship, Vanderpump expressed empathy for Richards amidst her marital challenges with husband Mauricio Umansky. Speaking exclusively to Us Weekly at BravoCon, Vanderpump acknowledged the difficulties in mending their relationship after being called a liar, but she emphasized her understanding of the situation. Vanderpump extended her compassion, recognizing the importance of family and acknowledging the beautiful girls the couple shares.
Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards, once inseparable friends since the inception of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2010, found their nearly decade-long friendship abruptly unravel in 2018. The rift began when their co-star, Dorit Kemsley, adopted a puppy from Vanderpump’s dog rescue center, Vanderpump Dogs. Tragically, the pup ended up in a shelter with a grim fate. Amidst this situation, accusations flew as Teddi Mellencamp claimed that Lisa Vanderpump had encouraged her employees to discuss the incident, orchestrating it to become a prominent storyline on the show. This incident further deepened the divide between Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards.
Despite Kyle Richards’ efforts to remain neutral amidst the escalating feud, tensions reached a boiling point when details of the incident surfaced in the press. Kyle’s inquiries upset Lisa Vanderpump, leading to a heated argument between the two. Matters escalated when Lisa’s husband, Ken Todd, intervened, ultimately expelling Kyle from their home. This dramatic incident marked the turning point, leading Lisa to cut off communication not only with Kyle but also with other co-stars. Eventually, this rift led Lisa Vanderpump to make the decision to exit the Bravo series during its ninth season.
Despite Kyle Richards’ attempts to reconcile, her efforts to mend her friendship with Lisa Vanderpump remained futile. In November 2018, Kyle revealed her persistent attempts to contact Vanderpump through emails and text messages, expressing her willingness to resolve the conflict. However, with no response from Vanderpump, Kyle asserted that the initiative was now in Vanderpump’s hands.
Meanwhile, amidst the unresolved tensions with Vanderpump, Kyle found herself dealing with a different kind of relationship turmoil. In July, it was confirmed that Kyle and her husband of 27 years, Mauricio Umansky, had separated. The couple, who married in 1996, share three daughters: Alexia, 27, Sophia, 23, and Portia, 15. Additionally, Mauricio is the stepfather to Kyle’s daughter Farrah, 34, from her previous marriage with Guraish Aldjufrie. This development marked a significant change in Kyle’s personal life, adding another layer of complexity to her ongoing relationship challenges.
In July, Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky released a joint statement addressing their separation, acknowledging the challenges they faced in their marriage over the past year but emphasizing their mutual love and respect. Despite their decision to separate, they clarified that there was no wrongdoing on either side, and they had no plans for a divorce. Their commitment to an amicable separation was evident in their public statement.
However, tension escalated when photographs emerged of Mauricio Umansky holding hands with his Dancing With the Stars partner, Emma Slater, raising questions about a potential romantic involvement. Kyle openly expressed her discomfort with these images during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, confessing that the situation hurt her deeply. Mauricio, in response to the romance rumors, directly addressed the speculation in an Instagram video posted in October, alongside Slater. He unequivocally stated that he and Slater were not dating, attempting to put an end to the swirling rumors surrounding their relationship.
The relationship struggles are not confined to just Kyle and Mauricio on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In October, reports from In Touch surfaced, suggesting that Dorit Kemsley, 47, and her husband PK Kemsley, 56, were leading somewhat separate lives. The couple, parents to daughter Jagger, 9, and son Phoenix, 7, promptly responded to these reports by refuting any intention to end their marriage.
Dorit and PK acknowledged that they had experienced “some challenging years,” hinting at forthcoming discussions about their relationship in the thirteenth season of RHOBH, which premiered in October. To address their issues, an exclusive source revealed to Us earlier this month that the couple was presently spending time apart while actively engaging in couples counseling. Both parties have reportedly agreed that this step is necessary, irrespective of the ultimate outcome. Their aim is to maintain an amicable relationship, whether they choose to stay together or pursue separate paths, recognizing that they have weathered a challenging period in their marriage.
Lisa Vanderpump addressed the rumors surrounding Dorit and PK Kemsley’s marriage during BravoCon, emphasizing her skepticism about the situation. In her conversation with Us, Lisa shared her belief that these rumors might not accurately reflect the reality of their relationship. She expressed her tendency not to invest too much in rumors, highlighting her understanding that all marriages experience challenges.
“I haven’t heard much about that, and I don’t ever really believe rumors because I think all marriages go through a little bit of that,” she explained. Drawing from her own 41-year-long marriage experience, Lisa candidly stated, “I’ve been married 41 years, sometimes I’ve wanted to kill Ken and often [I’ve] kind of [been] honest about it. They go, ‘Oh, what’s it like being married?’ It’s f—king difficult! It is.” Her frank assessment shed light on the complexities of marriage, suggesting that challenges are a natural part of any long-term relationship.
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