Amongst all the drama featured during the latest season of The Real Housewives of New York, one of the central storylines revolved around Ramona Singer's messy divorce with her husband, Mario. After news broke of his infidelity, Ramona worked hard to stabilize her life and adjust to an existence without her husband at her side, which turned out to be rather difficult for the reality star.
As fans may recall, Ramona's 22-year union with Mario abruptly met an end after she found out he was cheating on her with Kasey Dexter. Soon after this revelation, Ramona filed for divorce and started to make moves to separate herself from her former husband.
In her recently published book, Life on the Ramona Coaster, the reality star discussed her relationship with her husband and how their divorce really tested her ability to manage stress.
"The stress of everything became unmanageable, and it began to wreak havoc on my mind, body and spirit," she wrote in her memoir. "There were times when I was so low that I almost felt like throwing myself in front of a subway train."
According to OK! Magazine, Ramona ultimately cut off ties with Mario in July of last year.
"I left him a note saying, 'Please don't come to the house in the Hamptons, and please get an apartment," she explained. "I don't want to see you anymore.' And that was it."
In addition to the stresses brought on by the divorce, Ramona also had to deal with the legal side of things. In particular, one major issue centered on the couple's net worth and the multiple homes they owned throughout New York.
Luckily, Ramona and Mario were able to settle things amicably, with Ramona getting their Southampton property while Mario was given their Upper East Side apartment.
However, according to Radar Online, things turned out even better for Ramona Singer, because Mario recently signed over both properties to her. Considering their East Side condo is worth around $5 million, Ramona should be set up to recover just fine from her divorce with Mario.
Meanwhile, with no apparent motivation for signing over the real estate property, things became clearer after an interview with OK! Magazine. In the interview, Mario revealed some of his own motivations for signing over the property to his ex-wife.
"The fact is that I signed over the condominium to Ramona in exchange for a financial settlement on both our Southampton house and our New York City apartment," he stated.
While it is not known exactly how much their other property is worth, the East Side condo was on the market for around $5 million. With that in mind, it is clear that Mario's motivations were based on money, and that he probably would not have been so generous if he was not going to get anything out of the settlement.
"I received half of the value of our two homes as the divorce laws of New York clearly state that there is to be equitable distribution in a divorce," he added in the interview. "Do you actually believe that I would walk away with nothing after 22 years of marriage where I contributed to our net worth?"
Whatever the reasons for the settlement, Ramona is clearly coming out on top once again. Hopefully, the reality star continues to adjust to her new life and move forward after her messy divorce. With Ramona Singer recently winning a Lifetime Achievement Award for being a part of The Real Housewives of New York, there is little doubt that she'll be able to do just that.
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