If you’ve been following Shannon and David Beador’s divorce, you know that stars on The Real Housewives of Orange County are no strangers to ending long marriages.
That grim fact is just as true for former stars of the series.
Former RHOC Housewife Alexis Bellino and her husband, Jim, are parting ways after 13 years of marriage.
It’s been years, but Alexis Bellino was part of the main cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County.
She was one of the leading ladies for seasons 5, 6, 7, and 8 before she departed from the series in 2013. Since then, fans have mostly just kept up with her on social media.
TMZ reports that Alexis’ husband, Jim Bellino, filed for divorce from her, citing irreconcilable differences.
He filed the documents on Thursday, so this sounds very fresh.
He listed the date of separations as “TBD,” so we guess that they’ll figure out when exactly they parted ways. Divorces can be complicated.
Jim is seeking joint legal custody of their children. He will also be asking for spousal support payments from Alexis.
Alexis and Jimgot married on April 16, 2005. As we said, it has been over 13 years since that wedding.
They have three children — a son, James, and twin daughters, Melania and Mckenna.
This beautiful family is changing forever. Sometimes, there’s no other option.
“Irreconcilable differences” is basically divorce court lingo for “we don’t want to be married anymore,” so that doesn’t really give us any insight into what drove these two apart.
This is Alexis’ second divorce.
In 2002, she married her college sweetheart.
In 2004, the year before she married Jim, she and her first husband divorced.
We can at least speculate a little about when the date of separation may have been.
Alexis has never been shy about sharing family photos from vacations or home life or holidays.
But she has not shared a photo that features Jim since April.
On Mother’s Day, she shared a photo of a beautiful bouquet of flowers — and revealed that it was a gift from her children.
So … it looks like these two have been on the outs to some degree for a couple of months.
It’s worth noting that, during their marriage, the Bellino household was noted for being “traditional.”
Jim is a self-made entrepreneur.
Alexis wasn’t just a Housewife — she was also very much a housewife. She managed the household and watched after her children and prepared elaborate meals for her husband when he got home.
While some of that may have been played up for the cameras, some viewers found the Bellino house’s gender roles to be a little antiquated.
Alexis was also known for devoting a few hours a day, every day, to fitness.
She also opened up a few years ago about her personal struggles with bullimia.
Alexis and Jim made friend with Tamra Judge — back when she was Tamra Barney — and her then-husband, Simon Barney when Simon sold them a luxury car.
They formed a fast friendship at the time.
However, though Alexis jumped ship from RHOC before Season 9, she did not enjoy the Season 10 episode in which Tamra got baptised on camera.
Alexis wrote an email to Andy Cohen, which he shared, saying that she felt that Tamra had “made a mockery” of her faith.
The two reportedly reconciled later.
It will be interesting to see how Alexis’ divorce works out. Hopefully, it will be more pleasant for her children than Tamra and Simon’s divorce was for theirs.