Emily Simpson and her husband Shane appeared on part three of The Real Housewives Of Orange County season 14 reunion on December 26 and her cast accused her of always playing the victim on the show.
Host Andy Cohen asked Emily's fellow housewives Gina Kirschenheiter, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, Vicki Gunvalson and Braunwyn Windham-Burke if they thought the 43-year-old likes to be the victim when it comes to discussing her marriage issues.
“Do you ladies think she plays the victim on TV? Are there two things happening?” Andy, 51, asked. “I think a little bit,” Tamra, 52, said. Gina, 35, chimed in, “I think you play that side of it. And it’s like, I’m not against you. I’ve always been in your corner, even when you’ve talked to me about Shane, I try to advocate or get you through it in a way that’s going to be helpful for your relationship.” The past season saw the lawyer and Shane try to work on their marriage and reconnect.
However, when Shane appeared at the reunion, he had nothing but great things to say about his wife and mother of his three children. “What isn’t there to love? She’s smart, she’s beautiful, she’s a wonderful mother, and she helps me with my two older children,” he answered. “When we got married, that was a real turning point for me… the way she stepped in and taught me how to take on that role of being married to her and raising my children and that was really important for me.”
Tamra then wondered why Emily seemed to focused on the negatives of her relationship on the Bravo franchise. Emily claimed her marriage was really on the rocks during filming and even considered divorce. “There were times when I feel that way and he knows that… It got to the point where I went to him and said, ‘Hey, I think maybe we should get divorced.’ We had that conversation,” Emily said.
In November 2019, a source told RadarOnline.com that Emily was desperately trying to save her marriage during the show. She underwent a hip replacement surgery in October and Shane helped her recover. “He took her to the hospital, watched the kids,” an insider divulged to the outlet. “He’s such a good dad. Five kids and he’s always with them, picking them up, shuttling them around and making lunches.”
The source added, “Things have been good. He’s really changed. He’s the husband she’s always wanted and deserved...He would never leave Emily; he’s obsessed with her.” Their relationship drama played out on RHOC during season 14. While Shane was studying for the bar exam, he left Emily alone for long periods of time and she had a hard time juggling her personal and professional lives without his help.
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