While many of Yolanda Foster’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-stars have expressed surprise over her announcement that she and David Foster are divorcing, one person in the Real Housewives world who isn’t surprised is Andy Cohen. In his latest Ask Andy segment, posted on Tuesday, Andy explained why he wasn’t taken aback by the couple’s split.
Andy said that he believes Yolanda played the caretaker role in the marriage. He implied that when she got sick from Lyme Disease and had to be the one taken care of, things between her and David went downhill. Andy also said that Yolanda was getting famous from being on Real Housewives, the implication being that Yolanda’s increased fame changed the power dynamic in the marriage.
“I wasn’t surprised. I wasn’t surprised because, you know, in every relationship there’s a flower and there’s a gardener and I think maybe he thought he was the flower in that relationship and she was the gardener and she was taking care of her lemon tree, which was David Foster, and then maybe she became the flower because she was sick and needed to be taken care of. And also, she was getting famous from the show.”
In the decade since the Real Housewives franchise has aired, beginning with The Real Housewives of Orange County, there have been many marriages that ended after the woman became a reality TV star via the show. If Yolanda’s fame from the show did play a part in her marriage’s demise, it likely wasn’t the first time that the show contributed to a marriage’s end. Did David not like Yolanda getting all of the headlines? Did Yolanda no longer feel the need to stay in the marriage since she’s now making her own money?
— Bravotv (@Bravotv) December 28, 2015
David and Yolanda Foster announced that they were divorcing on the night season 6 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premiered. So far, the episodes have still shown David and Yolanda being loving towards one another. Yet Yolanda has said during her interviews that things are different now between her and David because of her Lyme Disease. In one episode, Yolanda said that while she stays holed up in the condo, David continues to travel around the world for his career and charity endeavors and that he can’t be expected to stop that because she’s sick. On last week’s episode, which showed Yolanda and David on vacation in Canada, Yolanda admitted that David gets impatient with the fact that she can’t do many things and that he has “lost his partner in crime.” On a previous season, Yolanda joked that she became a “lemon” right when she and David married.
During her phone call in to Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live talk show on Wednesday, December 9, Yolanda said that her illness was a challenge on the marriage.
“We had a beautiful love story that I will, you know, treasure forever. Unfortunately, it wasn’t strong enough to withstand the certain circumstances that came our way…A chronic long-term illness is extremely challenging. Not only, you know, for the person sick but also for the caregiver. And it for sure changed the dynamic of our relationship…”
— Bravo WWHL (@BravoWWHL) December 9, 2015
Since the divorce announcement, David has received a lot of criticism from the general public. People have left comments on social media, blog sites, and news articles covering the divorce blaming David for the split and characterizing him as a heartless man who left Yolanda now that she’s not the trophy wife he married. A day after the divorce announcement, Yolanda posted a tweet that defended David.
❤️We've grown apart but my love & respect for @officialdfoster is still the same, he's been very good 2 me so pls don't judge our journey!
— YOLANDA (@YolandaHFoster) December 2, 2015
As the Inquisitr reported about two weeks ago, one of David’s daughters also defended him on social media after he received a barrage of comments criticizing him for leaving Yolanda when she’s ill.
In a statement to E! News last week, David Foster denied the claims that he himself doubts Yolanda Foster’s Lyme Disease. He also seemingly denied the claims that he’s not happy with her decision to continue being on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
“I have always had and continue to have the utmost respect and love for Yolanda. Which is why it is so frustrating to see headlines questioning her chronic debilitating illness…I am incredibly proud of Yolanda’s determination and mission to find a cure, and how brave and open she has been by sharing her story in the hopes of changing the future for others.”
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