Just one year after renewing her vows, Shannon Beador officially ended her marriage to husband David in October. The Real Housewives of Orange County star announced the sad news while taping the show's reunion episode, and revealed that she was getting a divorce after 17 years of marriage.
“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 magazine at the time. “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.” Now, it is being reported that the estranged pair is headed to court over custody. Shannon has asked for primary custody of the couple's three teen daughters —Sophie, 16, and 13-year-old twins Stella and Adeline — but asked the judge to allow David to visit.
While the court date is set for Jan. 24, the source told Radar Online that David, who has admitted to cheating on his wife, is not going to put up a fight and will give Shannon “everything she wants” in their divorce. That will also include the spousal support she is reportedly requesting along with $25,000 in legal fees.
The couple has had their shares of ups and downs — to say the least. During Season 10 of RHOC it was revealed that David had an affair just days before filming began. It seemed Shannon worked hard to save her marriage, going to therapy and being very open with her fans. It even looked like the pair was able to work things out when David surprised her with a vow renewal last year, but ultimately it was not enough.
Shannon was also struggling with a 40-pound weight gain at the time, which she blamed on her estranged friendship with co-star Vicki Gunvalson. “I ate and I drank and I was such a mess,” she told Life & Style exclusively. Vicki claimed on the Bravo series that David abused his wife, which Shannon denied and added to her stress. "I had no idea it was going to be on the show. Are they going to use it?” the mom-of-three added. “Are people going to believe her?”
Hopefully, now Shannon can focus on her health and her family. “We are doing our best to be amicable for our children,” Shannon said. “That’s our primary concern, to act in the best interest of our daughters.”
She continued, "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.”