RHOC Shannon and David Beador separating after 17 years of marriage


After a rocky 17-year-marriage, Shannon and David Beador announced they are separating. The OC Housewife broke the news on Friday during the filming of the RHOC reunion.

In a lengthy statement to People, Shannon explained her feelings about the split.

“It’s heartbreaking for me and my daughters that this is the road that had to be taken but it’s the only way. 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.”

The couple’s marriage has come under major scrutiny during their time in the reality TV spotlight. Not only was David’s infidelity featured on the show, past events emerged including a police report in which David was charged with “battery against a cohabitant” according to Radar. Most assume Shannon was the “cohabitant” in question, but she denied the allegations.

According to Shannon, she and David have been separated for about a month but says she’s still stunned their marriage is coming to an end.

“This is not the path that I thought that I would be taking,” Shannon explained. “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.”

The 53-year-old says that watching her relationship play out on TV helped with her decision to end her marriage.

“I want to be a good role model for my daughters. 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,” Shannon said.

Shannon and David have three daughters together: Adeline (12), Stella (12), and Sophie (15). They are working hard to co-parent together including maintaining a weekly family dinner time as well as coming together for family outings as seen in the photo below.


“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.”

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  • Michael

    The fact that they split over a month ago but, Shannon waited until the reunion to announce it, shows Shannon just wanted to be the ‘star’ of the reunion with the big news. The woman LOVES the drama

    • TNC

      It actually shows that Andy Cohen told her to not release that info until the reunion because he wants that info for ratings. He was pissed Lu left her husband right after NYs reunion so he wanted to make sure he capitalized on Shannon’s divorce so your comment that Shannon only waited until the reunion to be the center of attention is wrong.

      • Nathaniel Hudson

        I disagree.

    • Nathaniel Hudson

      I disagree wholeheartedly.

  • Kels2707

    I feel sorry for the kids, but they both knew it was over. David never looked happy and Shannon was trying too hard to get everyone to believe they were happy. Shocking, said no one ever!!!??

  • FrontDoorMom

    Ugh. Divorce breaks my heart.
    Those family outings and weekly dinners wont last. Why keep dragging that sh!t out? Its all false hope. Idk.

    • Nathaniel Hudson

      I thought it was going to work until that moment when she said you haven’t held my hand for a year since we renewed our vows. And then he started acting weird and said it’s nothing to do with her. LIAR ?! I don’t think she likes drama. She tries to keep the peace like at Tamra’s baptism she was trying to get everyone on the same page. She tried to work it out with Vicky more times than I can easily count & warned Everyone about her and Tamras tried to also. Vicky’s a lying deludinoid.