Kyle Richards: Driving Force in Separation from Husband



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Kyle Richards: Driving Force in Separation from Husband
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In a candid interview on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Kyle Richards, known for her role in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, revealed that she was the driving force behind her decision to separate from her husband of 27 years, Mauricio Umansky.

This confession comes after months of speculation and headlines following their separation. "It originated from me, I'll say," admitted Richards during the interview. She appeared on the show alongside her close friend and former RHOBH star, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave.

Richards and Umansky have been married since January 1996, and their separation news shocked fans and the public alike. The couple shares three daughters, Alexia, Sophia, and Portia, as well as Farrah Brittany (née Aldjufrie), Kyle's daughter from her previous marriage.

While the news of their separation was emotionally challenging for their family at first, Richards expressed her pride in how her children have coped with the situation, saying, "They’re just amazing human beings. Thank God I have them through this." Richards also addressed misconceptions surrounding their separation, particularly the idea that it was done for the sake of reality show ratings.

She vehemently denied this notion, emphasizing the importance of her family's well-being.

Living Arrangements Amid Separation

During the interview, Richards disclosed that she and Umansky are currently living on separate floors within their California mansion.

She humorously explained her decision, saying, "I let him stay in the primary bedroom ‘cause it’s very masculine, and the upstairs floor’s like the glam...I was like, 'What am I going to do? Put him in a room with flower and pink and velvet? No.'

" The interview also touched upon rumors and speculations about her close friendship with country singer Morgan Wade, with Richards dismissing any romantic involvement and attributing the rumors to Wade's appearance. Umansky, in a previous interview with PEOPLE, shared that he and Richards were going through a "rough patch" but emphasized their commitment to working through it.

He also expressed frustration with the intense public scrutiny surrounding their personal lives. As the news of their separation continues to make headlines, the couple's fans and the public are left to wonder about the future of their relationship.

Kyle Richards' candid interview provides some insight into their current situation and the challenges they are facing as they navigate this difficult chapter in their lives.