Everything You Need To Know About Ramona Singer's Divorce
Pour a big glass of pinot – Ramona’s going to need it.
Last week the Real Housewives of New York star announced on Twitter that she’s split from her husband of 27 years, Mario Singer.
“I have decided to move on with my life without Mario,” Ramona tweeted. “I tried my best to make my marriage work. I am excited for the new chapter in my life.”
For Housewives fans, the news comes as no surprise. Ramona filed for divorce back in January, but never stated publicly that the marriage was over. Throughout the spring there were glimmers of hope for the troubled couple and a reconciliation seemed likely as they were frequently spotted together.
From the arrest of an alleged mistress to leaked emails, rumours of naked photos and allegations from a former Housewife, the end of Ramona’s marriage provided plenty of fodder for the gossip pages.
Take a look back at the scandal-filled uncoupling:
October 2013: Last fall, the New York Post’s Page Six reported that Mario, 60, impregnated an unnamed young, blond socialite. The paper claimed that word in the Hamptons was that Mario had been dating a 20-something woman. There were even murmurs that the woman had naked photos of Mario – though they have never surfaced.
Right after the news broke, Ramona denied the report to Hollywood Life, stating simply, “It’s not true.”
The rumours persisted, thanks in part to former New York Housewife Jill Zarin telling In Touch Mario hit on her during tapings of the show. “He was always looking around,” she said. “People would talk about it, but nobody would ever say anything because they didn’t want to hurt Ramona. They felt bad for her.”
January: In late January, Page Six broke more news about the wobbling marriage. According to the paper, police were called to break up a fight between Ramona and Mario at the couple’s home in Southampton. By that time, Mario’s alleged mistress was named – Kasey Dexter, a 32-year-old fitness instructor (she was brunette, not blond). Around the same time, gossip sites also claimed Ramona was dating a 20-something man.
The alleged fight was settled once police arrived and no charges were pressed. The best detail? Apparently Ramona offered the police a glass of wine. (We bet it was Ramona Pinot.)
Just days later, Ramona filed for divorce. But according to reports from People magazine – the gossip bible that’s actually believable – Ramona didn’t want it. As a source told the magazine, "Ramona did not want this divorce. Ramona loves her life. She loves Mario. She loves the image of her being one of the only ones who was married for that long. She loves to throw that in everyone's face, like Luann, to say how perfect her life was. But everyone knew Mario was a cheater ... She looked the other way."
February: Two weeks after filing for divorce, Ramona and Mario were spotted at a bowling alley in New York. It looked like the marriage was back on, for a minute, until US magazine claimed they got into a fight at the alley and left separately.
March: In March Ramona addressed the marriage rumours on former castmate Bethenny Frankel’s talk show, saying, "Right now I don't know where anything is going," she admitted. "I have my myself, I have my friends. I know my husband loves me, he knows that I love him, and we will see what happens. Nothing is written in stone. Life is an evolution."
April: The next month, they were spotted out together again, celebrating Mario’s birthday at the hotel where they renewed their vows in 2010. It looked like things were getting better. Ramona told People she “feels very positive about their future together” and tweeted a picture of her with Mario with the caption, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
May: Spring brought even more salacious stories. According to Radar Online, Mario’s alleged mistress was arrested for disorderly conduct and spent five days in jail.
June: It was on again, off again for Ramona and Mario all June.
On: June brought another spotting of the couple out on the street in New York holding hands.
Off: Life and Style published an email allegedly from Kasey to Ramona and Mario’s lawyer, that claimed Mario told her that week that he was leaving Ramona.
On: They were spotted together in St. Barth’s.
Off: Radar Online reported the vacation was filled with “boozy fights.”
July: Things got even more heated in July, as Kasey reportedly tried to confront Ramona at the restaurant Alfredo 100. According to Yahoo, one of the restaurant’s managers confirmed that Kasey was escorted out of the restaurant after shouting “You just don’t want me to tell her I’m still f***ing her husband!” Yikes.
August: Right before Ramona’s tweet, the spottings changed from Ramona and Mario to Mario and Kasey. In late July and early August, Mario was spotted out with Kasey twice, according to In Touch, holding hands and kissing in Long Island. The magazine also published a photo of the two together at a restaurant in New York.
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Russ Martin is a writer who lives in Toronto. By day, he writes about ads and social media. By night, he covers pop culture for publications like MSN, The Grid, Dose.ca and the Daily Dot. Russ watches the Real Housewives like straight guys watch sports. Pass the dip and fast-forward to the fights, please.