Yolanda Foster’s Love of Fame Contributed to Split From David, Says Source

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

David Foster Learns the Peril of the Real House Husbands.

David and Yolanda Foster’s marriage broke down in part over her pursuit of fame on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, according to a source close to the family. 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.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!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. And a source tells PEOPLE how David, 66, struggled with his wife’s bid to star on the Bravo show – and indeed, only appeared on the show to make her happy. “Yolanda’s obsession with fame for her and her children is the cause of the split,” a source tells PEOPLE. “David didn’t want to be part of the show, but he knew how important it was to her.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Also in 2011, says Page Six, Foster “was named chairman of Universal’s Verve Music Group, but now, ‘David’s record label is shutting down… and he is blaming her for this failure because he thinks the Housewives show has hurt him.’” Worse, while the Hadid girls are all over the place as super-famous models and gadabouts, Erin and Sara, Foster’s daughters, star in a VH1 reality show, Barely Famous, and remain—Page Six bitchily notes—“just that.” This comes after the couple announced to People last week they were to divorce: “Sadly we have decided to go our separate ways. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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. 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 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 makeup. And so, temporarily at least, Ken too is lost to the husbanding dark side, and—like David Foster—is yet another gray-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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