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Real Housewives Tamra Barney getting divorced

Tamra Barney will tell her side of the story on Thursday.
Tamra Barney will tell her side of the story on Thursday.
Photo: Bravo/Mitch Haaseth

Divorce has become reality for The Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney. On Wednesday, her husband Simon filed for divorce, alleging that Tamra cheated on him and verbally abused him. was the first to report on the split stating that Tamra moved out of their million dollar home earlier this week and into a two-bedroom apartment. The source said Tamra did not know that Simon was filling divorce papers, despite experiencing marital trouble over the last few years.

In fact, the Barneys’ marital troubles come as no surprise to fans of The Real Housewives of Orange County. On the first episode of the knew season, Tamra admitted that things became stressful due to financial reasons, proving the recessions even effected the wealthy. On the most recent episode, Tamra confessed to her mother that her and Simon were “Seriously heading towards divorce.”

The couple has been married for 11 years. They have two daughters, ages 11 and 4, and one son, 9. Tamra also has another son from a previous marriage.

“Simon has simply had enough,” the source said. “The show changed her.” Although the season has depicted Simon as the control freak, when he wouldn’t let his wife go alone to a women’s weekend get-away. He also hassled her about her friendship with some of the other castmates, therefore, it was interesting to learn that she was the “verbally abusive.”

While Simon has been vocal about his decision, by posting comments on his blog, Tamra has been relatively quiet, though she promises to reveal her side of the story soon. She posted on her Facebook page, “Thank you for everyone who understands and supports me. For the record, all accusations are false.” Part of the reason for Tamra’s short, yet sweet response, is to save her side of the story for the show Watch What Happens, which also airs on Bravo. She will appear next Thursday. Should be juicy.