Kyle Richards on the reality of Mauricio Umansky’s divorce

Kyle Richards promises The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills viewers, she is ‘open and honest’ about her life season 13despite all the chatter online… and from her castmates.

“I don’t hide anything from anyone,” Kyle, 55, tells ET. “I’m dealing with things myself, and I’m going through something, and I want to be as open as I possibly can be, and I will be — when I figure it all out.”

“Open and honest” are words Kyle uttered often during her thirteen-season run on the Bravo hit, but almost always directed at others. This year, she’s following her own advice as she navigates a… unexpected divorce from her husband of 28 years, a real estate executive Mauricio Umanksy, 53. The two confirmed their marital problems last summer, after reports of a divorce surfaced online. As of today, they have yet to decide if the d-word is where their love story ends.

“[Divorce] would be if we could no longer do what we’re doing now,” Kyle offers, explaining the estranged couple’s current situation. They still live under the same roof at their estate in Encino, California, along with their daughters Alexia, 27, Sophia, 24, and Portia, 15. Kyle is also mom to Farrah Brittany, 35, whom she shares with ex-husband Guraish Aldjufrie. Three of the four (Farrah, Alexia and Sophia) work with Mauricio at his company, The Agency. and shine together on Netflix Buy Beverly Hills; The entire crew has taken a handful of family trips in the months since the news broke.

“We’ve never been fighters, we’re not a toxic couple, so we’ve managed to do that so far,” Kyle says. “It’s going to go one way or the other, you know? We’re either going to wake up and say, ‘Oh my God! We could really work this out,’ or it’s going to be a divorce. I mean, I just don’t think I don’t know how sustainable life under the same roof as friends and as a family can last. I don’t know how that can last.’

After projecting a fairytale romance on TV screens for more than a decade, viewers were blindsided when the divorce struck last year. Kyle claims she and Maurico had a great marriage; It wasn’t until last year that things took a turn. As far as Kyle tells it, there was no major incident that prompted her and Mauricio to break up, but she does reference a “turning point where the straw that broke the camel’s back.” That secret event prompted her to “call it out” and ask for a divorce.

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“I was always very proud of the fact that we were able to grow together over all those years of our marriage,” she says, “and I think it got to a point where he was so busy, and I was working and we weren’t growing necessarily together, and I think that’s when the issues that we had put on the back burner resurfaced.”

A catalyst for what turned out to be a season of change for Kyle — she has been sober for more than a year and has paid close attention to her health and fitness — was the death of her childhood friend Lorene Shea, who committed suicide. in 2022.

“I hate to say it like that because it almost sounds selfish, but really just working on myself,” she says of what brings her happiness these days. “Working on myself means taking care of myself physically, emotionally and really, digging really deep and learning a lot about myself, and that means where I go, where I spend my time, who I spend it with and in that I find joy – and It doesn’t look like it used to.”

“It sounds like a cliché when you lose someone and you say, ‘Oh, it really put things into perspective…’ but Lorene was the person who was most like me,” she says, “and I think that by to lose her and to see her When she went through this, I really thought, we’re only here for so long and what’s important to you? And who do you want to spend time with? And you want to feel appreciated, and every day is precious.”

Kyle hosted an event in Lorene’s honor this season in partnership with the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI). housewives, in which she opened up about needing to feel appreciated by the people in her life. Viewers interpreted that as a shot at Mauricio, who missed the charity night due to work commitments. Kyle has since defended his absence as merely a scheduling issue, but the sentiment persists.

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“Yes, I’ve gone through phases of thinking, why isn’t our relationship as important as work? – which I’m sure a lot of women feel that way – and I know he has a very important job, and not just with his work. work, but he has a big family to take care of and support, so it’s not like it’s all on him or me, you know?” she says. “I’m just careful about how I word it and what I say because I care about him so much and have a huge amount of respect for him and what we’ve built. the negative.”

That’s part of the reason why Kyle wasn’t ready to shout her personal struggles from the rooftops, or rather, into the microphone pack she wears during filming.

“You know, we hadn’t shared with our daughters yet what was really going on, so it felt strange to put that on television before we shared that with them,” she notes, “but I had no say in when the season was about to start.” started.”

As the cameras went up, the producers seemed to realize that there was more going on than Kyle initially let on.

“There were a few scenes where the producers said to me afterward, ‘Uh… wow. Okay…’ and I don’t have a good poker face, so I said to Mau later, ‘I feel like that scene was awkward. ..’ and he kind of said, ‘What do you mean?'”

It was those debriefings from the producers that led to Kyle ultimately choosing to let cameras follow what happened at home, including resuming filming after the season wrapped to document the divorce that was made public. While she didn’t necessarily hide it — she did tell the women during a retreat in the premiere that she and Mauricio were going through something — she wasn’t sure she wanted to show all of this to the world anymore.

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“I’m very open about myself, so it was difficult – and Mau wasn’t on the same page about wanting to be open about that, which is understandable,” she says.

Aside from the personal stress, Kyle says the hardest part of sharing all of this so publicly has been the outrage from strangers who sent her DMs along the lines of, “Love is dead.” It’s a conversation that viewers will see her having on camera Erika Jaynewho went through her own highly publicized and criticized breakup before the end of the season.

“That’s what I’m learning now, that we are a success story,” she says. “We’ve been married for 28 years now, and 27 of them have been wonderful and I feel like I’m very proud of the family that we’ve built and we’ve really helped each other grow, you know? We’ve been together since we were in We were in our twenties, and we’re very different people now than we were then, but we were exactly where we needed to be.”

Under their current agreement, the two are “free to do whatever we want,” including dating outside of marriage. Kyle doesn’t go into details about who has done what so far, but she makes it clear that she has not dating 29 year old country singer Morgan Wadeamid constant speculation.

“She plays a very important role in my life, as do a lot of my friends,” Kyle says of their relationship. “Everyone is so focused on Morgan. I’ve seen my other friends edited out of photos, just cut out and thrown to the side, you know? There’s a lot of people who wanted to create this story, and I once had a story I saw it saying we were walking on the beach and I thought, what? I’ve never been to the beach with her. It was a picture of me alone and another picture of her with a car, but that was the clickbait.”

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In the early days of all the questions surrounding them, Morgan and Kyle capitalized on the gossip fodder by playing love interests in a music video for Morgan’s single “Fall in Love With Me.” It only led to more stories about the two, which Kyle says she has become “desensitized to” because there is usually no real story. For example, Morgan’s choice to delete all photos of Kyle on her Instagram (and also delete them from Kyle’s page, since they were “collaborators” in most of their shared photos) was simply to usher in her next era of music, and not some subtle hint at a split.

“There was a while where it changed our friendship because this isn’t something Morgan has ever been exposed to, this kind of scrutiny and being under a microscope,” Kyle reveals. “It’s just too much for her, so I felt bad about that because as a friend you’re like, oh my god. I feel responsible for this to affect you this way because this is not something she wants in her life .” all.”

Part of the reason Kyle and Morgan have spent so much time together this past year is because Kyle is producing a documentary about Morgan, which centers on her decision to undergo a double mastectomy in the fall after genetic testing showed she was susceptible for breast cancer. That’s why they were in Paris together, which spawned a series of headlines about “City of Love.”

“If you look at Morgan and I from the outside, it seems like we couldn’t be more different, but we are very similar, our personalities and our connection over common interests and all that,” Kyle says. Morgan is also down to earth and a fitness enthusiast.

“When she found out she carried this gene, and you know, I lost my mom to breast cancer, we started talking about that more,” she continues, “and I really thought, I really want to follow a story like that. , from someone this age going through something like that while on the road, living on a bus with her bandmates and a lot about the personal things that they would see in the documentary.”

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But as they filmed, Kyle said the story evolved, with Morgan becoming a tabloid fixture thanks to her closeness to Kyle. What was supposed to be a feature film now appears to be coming out as a series, although Kyle can’t say where yet. In the meantime, there’s more of Kyle’s story to unfold The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills concludes season 13.

“I think the biggest misconception, something I read out there, is that ‘she did this stuff for ratings,’” Kyle says. “I mean, do you think I could get my husband and kids to sign up for this story? I mean, that’s just crazy to me, and even the thing with Morgan – you know, I’m a real person and my life happens. to be in front of the cameras, and it’s been a very difficult time, so this is not something I would want to pay attention to at all. “I would like to be able to handle all of this privately while I figure things out for myself, but I don’t have that luxury because of what I signed up for and being in the public eye.”

The season likely won’t end on a bow for Kyle and Mau, though she says she’s “definitely seen growth” in her husband as he’s been able to watch their scenes back on TV.

“Also, it has been very important for both of us to be in therapy together and to be apart,” she adds, but says that explaining what she still needs to see from Mauricio to decide to stay together is “a very big question is… I don’t know if I can answer…”

“I just hope that no matter what happens, we will always have love and respect for each other,” she says.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Wednesdays at 8PM ET/PT on Bravo. Episodes stream the next day on Peacock.

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