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Real Housewives news: Ramona Singer to divorce, truth about Gorga's finances

"The Real Housewives of New York City" stars Ramona Singer and her husband of 20 years Mario Singer to divorce.
"The Real Housewives of New York City" stars Ramona Singer and her husband of 20 years Mario Singer to divorce.
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If you have been dealing with heartbreak this summer, then you can now say that you have at least one thing in common with one of "The Real Housewives of New York City." ABC News reported yesterday that the latest marriage to take a hit after appearing on reality TV is the relationship between Ramona Singer and her husband Mario. The marriage has experienced more than a few cracks of late, and Ramona Singer recently made the split Twitter official yesterday. In other "Real Housewives" news, once again Melissa Gorga and her husband Joe Gorga from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" are still trying to evict their tenant, and experiencing some financial troubles in the process. Radar Online has leaked some alleged "financial information" about the Gorga's this week as a result, which Melissa Gorga has been very quick to correct with the truth about her finances via social media.

It was only days after the filming of "The Real Housewives of New York City" reunion episode when the officially unofficial announcement came down. Viewers and fans of "The Real Housewives of New York City" however got a bit of a sense that the Singer marriage might be in trouble when Bravo TV host Andy Cohen quizzed Ramona Singer about her marriage, according to ABC News.

It was a question that Ramona did not like, and most viewers know how Ramona reacts when asked a question that makes her uncomfortable. Unless and until she is holding a glass of pinto grigio, best to leave the personal questions for another day.

Ramona's response to Andy Cohen was to answer the question with a personal question of her own,

"So, how's your love life? Who are you going to have sex with tonight? Tell me."

Andy Cohen, ever on his toes quipped back,

"I'll tell you when I go on a reality show with whomever I'm having sex with."

Although the jokes are high right now, when a marriage comes to an end, and a woman suffers heartbreak, it's nothing to make light of. Ramona Singer is saying goodbye to the partner in life she has had for the last 20 years. Sources say the real reason for the split was 25-year-old Kasey Dexter that Mario reportedly brought to the Hampton home that Ramona and Mario share.

That has to hurt, but Ramona is taking the situation, and the fact that she's living it in the public eye, all in stride. She took to Twitter yesterday to make the split Twitter official, tweeting,

"I have decided to move on with my life without Mario. I tried my best to make my marriage work."

And tried she did. Perez Hilton reports that Ramona's attempts to save her marriage included marriage therapy. But this counselling did not prevent Mario from being spotted with 25-year-old Kasey Dexter at brunch recently in New York City.

In response to her official Twitter announcement, Bravo TV was among the many that tweeted back support and love to "The Real Housewives of New York City" star. Bravo TV tweeted yesterday,

"Sending love and support to the lovely @RamonaSinger! Stay strong! #newchapter."

The Singers are not the only "Real Housewives" on the East Coast experiencing some stress this week. New Jersey News reported this week that the Gorgas are still having problems evicting tenant Kai Patterson from their Montville mansion. The Gorgas were scheduled to appear in court this week, for a date that was attended by their lawyer Frank Catania.

Both Melissa Gorga and her husband Joe Gorga were fully expecting some resolution to occur this week after dragging this eviction out for the past couple of months. Instead, they experienced another setback when Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor declined to order the eviction according to New Jersey News.

While most evictions are pretty straightforward and the reasons are pretty clear, failure to pay rent, this particular eviction has a few details at the center that are the source of the constant delays. At the center of this case is a lease-purchase agreement, where the Gorgas allegedly offered a lease-purchase agreement to Kai Patterson when he moved in. Judge Stephen Taylor said this week that, when this contract loophole is in play, "a judgement for possession by default shall not be entered without proof in open court."

In ruling on this matter, Judge Stephen Taylor vacated his previous order finding Patterson in default on rent payments. This judgement for possession by default is the judgement Patterson was hoping to accomplish, though he has not submitted the proof the court requires to show that a lease-purchase agreement was indeed established at the outset of this contract.

What Kai Patterson did agree to at the outset of the contract was rent at $20,000 monthly, under a lease-purchase agreement for the value of $3.8 million.

This outcome was considered a win for the defendant facing eviction, with Patterson's attorney Richard Koppenaal citing it as an "excellent" turn of events for his client. Patterson alleges this dispute would never have made it into the courts if the Gorgas had just managed the repairs he had asked them to do.

Patterson alleges that he gave the Gorgas $25,000 for repairs on the mansion "in lieu of a security deposit." Repairs that Patterson refers to with these monies include beavers entering crawl spaces, leaky ceilings, and issues with heating and plumbing.

Lawyer for the Gorgas Frank Catania said all of these matters Patterson was bringing up were irrelevant details he was using to create a "smokescreen."

Catania said,

"I would have liked a different outcome. I would have liked it if (the judge) evicted him. Mr. Patterson is trying to create a smokescreen for the court to elude his personal obligations."

Catania is alleging that since Patterson came into the mansion, he has paid $35,000, and this includes August rent for $10,000. Catania alleges that Patterson still owes a total of $165,000 in back rent.

Patterson's lawyer is still arguing that the technicality over the fact that Patterson's company was named on the lease, and not Patterson himself, renders the Gorga's complaint "defective." Additionally Koppenaal is arguing that because Joe Gorga did not include Melissa Gorga on the lease, she should not be named on the complaint either.

To this, Judge Stephen Taylor agreed, saying the complaints need to include "proper tenants" and also proper landlords. The Judge then permitted the Gorga's to amend their complaints with the correct details. The complaints now formally include Melissa Gorga as a landlord of the Montville mansion, and also formally list Patterson's company Bounty Alert on the complaint as well.

Bounty Alert is the name of Kai Patterson's company. It is a company that hunts down people that are in arrears of their own for child support. This could suggest that Kai Patterson is very familiar with every loophole in the system and will use those to drag this out as long as possible. Judge Stephen Taylor has set the trial date for this eviction to begin Aug. 15.

This entire situation may not sound very stressful to those that think this is just one of the costs of living the high life. Melissa Gorga has been very vocal on her Bravo TV blog about just how stressful this entire situation has been. And by the looks of it, she is not getting much help from Radar Online.

Radar Online reported this week that the financial situation of the Gorgas was misleading to the public watching "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Radar said the couple had "been seen" driving a Bentley on the latest episodes of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Radar has also reported that the Bentley was just a smokescreen in itself.

An Assistant Managing Editor for Radar reported on Aug. 6 that not only may the couple have to give up their Montville home, but they also had to give up this same Bentley they were seen driving in the early episodes of the latest season of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Radar said,

"Radar has exclusively learned the couple recently was forced to give up the luxury automobile because they could no longer afford it."

Radar cites one of their "close sources" who said,

"The Bentley was leased by Joe and Melissa, and was strictly done for the show. They felt pressure to make their lifestyle appear to be something it definitely wasn't. The lease was just too expensive at $5,000 a month, and they had to turn it back in early."

The source also added that to soften the blow, the couple picked up a new Mercedes at a local dealer, and were even given the Mercedes for free, allegedly. Radar reports that the Mercedes dealer in question offered the Mercedes for free in exchange for having some filming occur at the car dealership to give the dealership some "free advertising."

The source also told Radar that,

"The scene in which Joe shows Melissa their new trash truck was filmed at the Mercedes dealership."

For those that are wondering if there is any truth to this Radar report, the Gorgas are taking it to Twitter to reveal it all. Melissa's response to her financial woes, in particular related to the Montville mansion issue has been chronicled on her Bravo TV blog where she writes about the financial stress that has caused her and Joe.

She does want to set one record straight though when it comes to the beloved Bentley, and did so via Twitter this week,

"@Radar_Online I own the car, it's in my garage, we don't have any Mercedes…tell your sources to go scratch!"

What do you think of the Ramona Singer divorce? Do you think it is fair what is happening to Melissa Gorga and Joe Gorga in New Jersey?