“What human being would create a story like this for? No offense, Alex. I love you and everybody with the show. But who would do that for ratings? Put their family through this,” Kyle, 53, told Bravo executive Alex Baskin on the “Bravo’s Hot Mic” podcast on Tuesday, November 14. “That is one of the dumbest things I’ve maybe ever heard in these 13 years. I’m going to pretend that I’m separated and torture my children so that people tune in? I mean, it’s just the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star added that she’s “not looking to be more relevant” after starring on the reality series for nearly 13 years.
“I would never put my family through this, every, for … I almost said it was a dumb TV show, sorry,” Kyle commented.
The Bravo celebrity also admitted that the accusations are “so annoying” and “frustrating” and they “couldn’t be any more different than who I am.”
The news of the separation broke on July 3rd that Kyle and Mauricio Umansky, 53, has split after 27 years of marriage.
“Kyle and Mauricio have been separated for a while now but are still living under the same roof. They remain amicable as they figure out what’s next for them and their family,” a source revealed to People at the time.
The couple also responded to the report on Instagram the following day shutting down the divorce rumors. The two admitted they’ve ‘had a rough year,’ the most “challenging one” of their marriage.
“There has been no wrongdoing on anyone’s part,” their joint statement continued, seemingly referring to the rumors that Kyle cheated with close friend Morgan Wade. “Although we are in the public eye, we ask to be able to work through our issues privately. While it may be entertaining to speculate, please do not create false stories to fit a further salacious narrative.”
Kyle and Mauricio since then have gotten candid about their separation in the following months. While attending Bravocon on November 4th, Kyle mentioned the word “divorce” for the first time describing the situation.
“I’ve been through a lot this year and it does change you,” the reality star said. “Losing my best friend to suicide, my divorce, all that has made me stronger. But it definitely changes you as a person.”
Kyle also got emotional while she discussed the separation and their current family situation.
“We have a very strong family unit. My three girls [Alexia, Sophia and Portia] still live at home, so it’s still like, ‘Who’s going to be home for dinner tonight?’ in the family chat,” she said. “[Mauricio] was busy doing Dancing With the Stars, so he wasn’t around as much, but we’re just trying to figure it out. We know that we love each other.”
Kyle continued as she held back tears, “A lot of people say, ‘What are you doing? Pull it together. Fix everything.’ Obviously, that’s what I want. This was not my idea of a fairytale, clearly.”