Joanna Krupa and her fiancé Romain Zago have been together for five years, but recently split after The Real Housewives of Miami star found flirtatious emails between her man and another woman.
"I was heartbroken," she exclusively tells OK!. The couple are back together now, but it took some work by both of them to repair what happened.
"I think it was a wake up call for both of us that we need to work harder on our relationship," she said.
"I did find flirtatious texts back and forth that ended up being emailed. That’s why I needed the little break that I had because it hurts. If he didn’t tell me about it, how can I trust him in the future? Cameras weren’t shooting with us before the show and we both kinda of neglected the relationship. I called and talked to the girl and she assured me nothing happened."
During their time apart Joanna reflected on the situation and decided she really wanted to be with Romain.
"When you love someone you either trust them or you don’t trust them. At this point there was no other evidence that was more than the emails. I always say the truth will always come out and if there is more to the story it will definitely come out one day, but in my heart I believe it was just emails and it wasn’t past that."
She added: "I want to trust him. Without trust you basically can’t have a relationship. I thought when we broke up that was going to be it. I can’t lie — it was one of the most miserable things of my life. I’ve had breakups in the past with boyfriends and I thought it was bad, but it was nothing compared to this."
But she admits, she was at fault too.
"I didn’t make the effort to go see him as much. The times he wanted to come see made I made up excuses for him not to. I think I was just in a bad place in life before we started filming and I think the show definitely saved our relationship. If it wasn’t for this show we probably would have been broken up for good right now."
The DWTS alum is currently in Poland for the shooting the Polish version of America's Next Top Model and she'll be there a month, but she's determined to make her relationship work.
"I’m going to spend more time with him and go to Miami for as many days as I can and vice versa. My work takes me other places, but what makes it even harder is that I’m bicoastal. But we love each other and we’re trying. We know we want to be with each other it just when are we going to be in the same city? He wants to move to LA eventually. I can’t move full-time to Miami because I can’t give up my life and everything that I do in La. So it’s tough, but if you love someone you make it work."
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