Yolanda Foster Opens Up About What Led to Split From David Foster

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‘Chronic illness changed our dynamic’: Yolanda Foster addresses why marriage to David crumbled in a call to Andy Cohen’s show… and gets sweet tweet of support from Lady Gaga.

Yolanda Foster and David Foster put up a united front when they announced their divorce on Dec. 1, but behind the scenes, they were split on what to do with their marriage, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. After Page Six reported Yolanda Foster’s Lyme disease played a part in her shocking split from hit composer hubby David Foster, sources further say there’s bad blood in the family over who’s more famous — extending to the couple’s kids, including supermodel Gigi Hadid.The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star phoned Andy Cohen on his Bravo chat show and had nothing but praise for the ‘beautiful love story’ of her marriage, while admitting her battle with Lyme disease ‘changed the dynamic of the relationship.’ Gaga almost instantly tweeted her support and Andy quickly bragged about it on the show, getting admiring ‘Oohs’ from studio guests Lisa Rinna and Joan Collins. ‘Lady Gaga I think is watching, she just tweeted Yolanda Foster, “You are stronger than hell and we love you.” Thank you Lady Gaga for your support.’ Andy said.

On Tuesday’s Watch What Happens Live, Foster, 51, called into the show and got candid about what caused the couple’s split, admitting that her Lyme disease made the relationship more difficult, but clarified that it wasn’t the sole reason for their decision. “Well, chronic long-term illness is extremely challenging,” she said. “Not only for the person sick but also for the caregiver. So far viewers have gotten reacquainted with Lisa Rinna, Kyle Richards, Yolanda Foster, Eileen Davidson and Lisa Vanderpump, but they haven’t met newcomers Erika Girardi (also known as singer Erika Jayne) and Kathryn Edwards. She went out of her way however to praise their four-year marriage, and refused to blame her husband for not being able to support her through her sickness. He surely took great pride that his wife ran such a surreally perfect fridge—a fridge with visible contents that was its own character, with its own Twitter account!

Unfortunately it was not strong enough to withstand the circumstances that came our way,” she said. “The truth is that we both worked through the difficult time through the best of our ability, so rather than judging what went wrong, I pick to honor the great times that we shed the last nine years. It is true, David Foster’s many successes speak for themselves: the St Elmo’s Fire soundtrack, Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” and many, many more. Andy, meanwhile, put on a blonde wig so he could re-enact famous Dynasty scenes with Joan Collins, 82, while pretending to be Linda Evans’s character Krystal, calling it a dream of his. However, reality television’s very own weird success-measure means that this astonishing career in popular music mattered little next to his wife Yolanda’s squabbles and make-ups with Lisa Vanderpump and Brandi Glanville, and more recently her distressing illness. During that time we experienced love, friendship and the inevitable challenges that come with managing a marriage, careers, blended families and health issues.” Judging from Foster’s interview, the two seem to be on amicable terms, but they still face the task of divvying up their assets.

Plus familiar faces Kim Richards, Brandi Glanville, Adrienne Maloof, Taylor Armstrong, Faye Resnick (don’t forget, Connie Britton is playing her in American Crime Story: The People v. Maybe it’s a reality check because her daughters are pop culture.” With the couple splitting, “There is a rift [between Yolanda’s and] David’s daughters, whom Yolanda doesn’t speak with any longer, but was once close,” a source said. “It sounds like a lot of jealousy on the Foster side, as those Hadid girls are huge stars [now].” Reps did not comment. After he gave the legendary actress his condolences for her sister Jackie Collins, who died of breast cancer two months ago, Joan said: ‘She loved you too. The reality star has an estimate net worth of about $45 million, while her music producer husband – a 16-time Grammy winner – is presumed to be worth about $30 million. “I am much better since the last time I saw you,” she told the Bravo host. “I have about 60 percent better brain function than I did in the last year. Page Six reports—under the headline, “Foster Family Torn Apart By Fame”—that Foster reportedly feels his success has been eclipsed by that of his wife’s model daughters, Gigi and Bella.

I can still only live and plan one day at a time. “The exciting thing is watching the episodes and inspiring me, and I could see the progress that I have made. Kyle was uninvited from her niece Nicky Hilton’s wedding due to family drama that she wasn’t willing to talk about on camera. “I’m no longer going to the wedding,” she told Lisa. “I was told it would be better if I didn’t come to the wedding, so I’m not going.” Nicky must have changed her mind, because Kyle then told Lisa that she was attending. “I spoke with Nicky, and my sister emailed me,” Kyle revealed during their trip to Tuscany. “I don’t want to miss her walking down the aisle.” Awkwardly, Mauricio was not invited Nicky’s nuptials, and neither were the couple’s youngest daughters. He certainly wasn’t present for his wife in last week’s season opener—she had decamped from Malibu to live in an apartment nearer to her doctors in Los Angeles. That doesn’t match up with the Page Six portrayal of a resentful partner, pissed off his wife and daughters are taking a slice of fame he feels is more deservedly his.

David made a brief appearance to be with his wife as she underwent a medical procedure, and there was a painful moment where Yolanda sadly asked, “Aren’t you happy you married me?” and David responded “thrilled” as he walked out the door. There’s nothing the housewives love more than pretending they’re doctors and analyzing Yolanda’s health, and Kyle had a new theory: Yolanda could be suffering from depression.

Radar Online says the couple’s marriage is rancorously breaking down, with him wanting her out of his L.A. bachelor pad, and the couple only communicating through lawyers. Because Kyle experienced similar symptoms after her mom passed away. “They told me I had arthritis, they told me I had allergies, they told me I had Epstein-Barr,” Kyle revealed to Lisa. “I thought I was dying for two years. Yolanda is reportedly broke (but what about the money she earns from making RHOBH?), and relying on the material kindness of her ex-husband, Mohamed Hadid. Page Six also claims that making the show has made Foster reportedly feel that he was once a big deal, but no longer, as his present-day fame has been surpassed by his stepchildren. “I’m sure he’s upset her (Yolanda) kids’ careers are popping off and his aren’t.

He’s competitive in that way.” This “fame jealousy” is an affliction not unusual perhaps in families where more than one member has a public profile, but it is certainly a madness exacerbated by taking in the circus of confrontational lunacy and lifestyle excess endemic to every Real Housewives franchise, where husbands are essentially accessories, and woe betide any penis-possessor expecting to share too much of the lady-limelight. The lesson the husbands must learn, sometimes the hard way, is that the Housewives spotlight is not for them, and while they must appear supportive and occasionally terrified of the byzantine bitch mechanics their other halves indulge in oiling, they—even if they are not in reality—must remain secondary. And so, in the scheme of the RHOBH, Foster was the reclusive songwriting genius, rushing to the studio, or collecting another piece of glassware, and Yolanda was happy to play the proud chatelaine of their hilltop Malibu mansion.

With that now broken—long after the current season of the show finished filming—viewers wonder if they will see if the reasons behind the breakdown of the marriage are played out on screen. The damaging breakdown of Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif’s marriage wasn’t shown on screen either—they disappeared for weeks on screen, and then they were gone.

The filming is centered around the women; their relationships are primary, rather than the primary relationships in their own lives with their husbands. In Atlanta—where Phaedra Parks’s husband, Apollo Nida, was jailed last year—viewers this season have watched Cynthia Bailey rake her husband Peter Thomas over the coals over a video of him in a suspicious clinch with another woman. Joe Guidice, married to Theresa, and the most notable husband of New Jersey, has been blamed by her brother Joe for helping her land up in jail on fraud charges (Joe begins his own 41-month sentence after she is released later this month). They were not married, but the weirdest, most recent Housewives relationship breakdown—and icky man-figure—was Orange County’s Brooks Ayers, who was widely accused of fabricating a cancer diagnosis, now to the shock and horror of his once supportive partner, Vicki Gunvalson. The Housewives marital curse extends to the New York franchise, where another apparently urbane and supportive New York husband, Mario Singer, left his wine-swigging wife, Ramona—but again, not on screen; the viewers were left to watch Ramona cope, in her bug-eyed, lunatic way, with her new single life.

Scoring high on the douche/creepy scale is Josh Taekman, husband of Kristen, an undermining and overbearing irritant on screen—and then, in August, came the revelation that he had signed up to the Ashley Madison site. He said he had done so “foolishly and ignorantly with a group of friends.” A source told People that Kristen was “extremely embarrassed and upset over thinking [Josh] was having affairs. His story keeps changing.” In Orange County, the curse struck Shannon and David Beador this season, with her richocheting upset over his affair, and their subsequent queasy-to-watch attempts at relationship therapy and—ultimately—a reconciliation. The best husbands (famous last words), like Kyle Richards’s husband Mauricio Umansky, know they are decorative: Mauricio looks gorgeous, and supportive as all around him rows break out and glasses are thrown.

In Atlanta, Gregg Leakes, NeNe’s husband—they were divorced in 2011 and remarried lavishly in 2013—seems solidly devoted to her (although she is only making cameo appearances this season). New OC cast member Meghan King Edmonds and her husband, Jim, seem good together—she coping with the death of his ex-wife (and her friend) LeAnn, and being apparently right about Brooks Ayers’s cancer duplicity—until, at least, the bitch-ery with the other women spilled out one evening, leading him to state very clearly, and slightly threateningly, he wanted no part of such shenanigans. A warning template, should Jim need one, is provided by Eileen Davidson’s fraying marriage to third husband Vincent Van Patten, which is being trailed as a storyline for this season of RHOBH.

But then, last week, as Yolanda barely kept it together during a group supper, he was the first—and boy, did he carry on repeating his nasty point—to note that he didn’t think Yolanda looked well, echoing everyone’s vacuous, insensitive shock not over her condition, but that she wasn’t wearing make-up. And so, temporarily at least, Ken too is lost to the husbanding dark side, and—like David Foster—is yet another grey-haired lesson that, whatever coarse fights and putdowns their wives indulge in, even the most innocuous Real House Husband can fall foul of a spotlight that, while not intended for them, can still inflict a nasty burn.

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