Over the past four seasons of the Real Housewives of Orange County, fans have watched the ups and the many downs surrounding Shannon and David Beador's marriage. So, it really didn't come as a shock when they announced their separation after 17 years of marriage in late October. Despite all of the heartache she endured throughout each season, Shannon Beador's life after her separation seems to be moving in a positive direction.
Upon their split, Shannon released the following statement to People:
"It’s heartbreaking for me and my daughters that this is the road that had to be taken but it’s the only way. I felt alone in my marriage. You can do what you can to keep your family together, but you have to have willing parties. You need two people to make a marriage work, and that just wasn’t happening in our relationship."
At the Season 12 reunion, where Shannon first revealed her breakup from David to her co-stars, save for Tamra Judge, she announced, "David and I aren’t together anymore. Five weeks ago I moved into my own place. It’s not what I wanted and it is really really hard." She also opened up about how she felt like she was "living with a stranger" and tried to fix their marriage by having them escape to Hawaii. Sadly, it didn't work. "I’m just going to be honest," Shannon said at the reunion. "We went on a trip to Hawaii which I hoped would bring everything together but he left the trip early and when I came home he said we’re done."
While appearing on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in November, Shannon opened up about David further. "There was a part of me that thought that finally getting out there would be a sense of relief, but in actuality it made it official and it made it real," she said about actually announcing her divorce. "I've been having good days and bad days. Like, last week I saw he took his wedding ring off and that's inevitable, but it's just making the adjustment."
Then, in between tears, Shannon said, "It's all good. This had to happen and good times are ahead." Well, that certainly seems to be the case, especially based on what she's been sharing on social media. Her three daughters with David, Sophie, Stella, and Adeline, appear to be getting her through this rough patch of her life. She posted several Instagrams with them and her mother over Thanksgiving, which seem to suggest Shannon's trying to surround herself with love and positivity.
Aside from taking care of herself, her daughters are her main priority. As she explained at the reunion about splitting from David, "I’m a mom and I’m a role model for my kids. It got to the point that I wasn’t teaching my daughters positive lessons. So, they deserve a happy and joyful home and that’s where we are."
Even though she and David are no longer living together and their children live with her full-time, they are keeping things civil. As you can see below, they still attend University of Southern California football games together as a family. "Go Trojans! Still a family outing!" she captioned her Instagram featuring David and Sophie. "And for those that have negatively commented, it’s all about my kids. Have a nice night."
She is also working hard on herself and losing weight, which was a main part of her storyline throughout last season. At the time of the reunion, Shannon said she had lost 25 pounds and expressed her hope of losing 15 more. After Thanksgiving, she even posted an Instagram of herself getting back into the groove of working out.
In addition to her family and ensuring she's staying healthy, Shannon's seems to be focusing on becoming a successful businesswoman. During her November WWHL appearance, she updated fans about her restaurant venture, which features a logo of nine lemons, because, of course. "Well, at this point, my husband is not financing the restaurant anymore, so we’re ready to go," she told viewers. "The menu is set. I’m looking for investors right now, but I’m close."
And based on a Nov. 14 Instagram (below), she seems to have something cooking with QVC. "INCREDIBLE day @qvc!!! Exciting things brewing! Stay tuned!" It's unclear what she's working on, but she seems very excited.
As hard as it was for Shannon to split from David, it looks like she's moving in a positive direction — and good for her. She deserves a lifetime of happiness and success.