Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif ended theirs in a nasty custody battle.
The divorce was settled on November 8, 2012
It would seem Real Housewives are as unsuccessful in their marriages as many other celebrities.It is easy to argue that The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills doesn’t show real life. What we see on TV has very little to do with the life most of us experience every day. It is also heavily edited according the producers’ wishes. And whilst everything that is shown on TV certainly happened, there is much the viewer doesn’t get to see.
What everyone witnessed on the show were Adrienne Maloof and her then-husband Paul Nassif bickering constantly. But most viewers were also under the impression that the couple was essentially happy. All couples fight occasionally, many settle into bickering as a form of conversation without a mean intent behind their words.
Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif had married in 2002 with 500 guests in attendance. She is a member of the billionaire Maloof family and Paul a successful plastic surgeon. It is therefore no surprise that they signed a pre-nup.
In their ten years of marriage they managed to have three sons, successful careers and became stars on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Adrienne, of course, more so than Paul. She was the housewife, after all.
Friends were apparently not very surprised when Paul Nassif filed for divorce on July 30, 2012. Sources close to the couple said that the marriage was barely hanging on by a thread and it would appear that it had only been a matter of time for one of them to file for separation or even divorce. There is also a story going around that they had an open marriage by the end of their relationship, because nothing else would help. Whether that is true or not doesn’t much matter anymore at this point, because they are now divorced.
Paul filed for divorce soon after on August 28, 2012. But Adrienne had still voiced hopes to reconcile shortly before that. Obviously Paul thought otherwise and things soon turned ugly.
Whilst both of them claimed that they wanted mediation outside of court, they disagreed on too many things and ended up in court after all. Nassif initially requested joint custody, but Maloof responded with an application for full custody. Eventually Nassif requested emergency custody of their sons, which was denied by the judge, because there was no evidence that the children were in any way harmed.
Paul Nassif called his ex abusive on many levels, emotionally as well as physically. He called her unstable and toxic for their children. He never alleged that she was hurting their sons, though; he only asserted being a victim of her abuse himself.
Adrienne Maloof on the other hand claimed that her ex physically abused her and she never more than defended herself. She also claimed to be afraid, because Nassif had a gun in the house, which he did not keep locked away. She also pointed out that Nassif hit and pushed the boys. Nassif explained he only spanked the children when they disobeyed in a serious manner.
It may not be considered good parenting to spank your children, but Nassif explained on numerous occasions that he only wanted the best for his boys. Though he and Adrienne came to a head once more when they disagreed on the school their oldest son should attend.
It was easier for the couple to settle their divorce than the custody of their children. They honored their pre-nup, divided everything else in half and that was that. When they finally decided to stop fighting over their children for the sake of their children’s well-being, the exes agreed on fully shared custody for the boys. Given their mutual allegations, it is therefore doubtful that much of it is true. One does not agree on shared custody, if one believes their children to be in danger from their other parent.
Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif are no doubt happy to be moving on and stated as much. Their priority should be their children. If hurt feelings hadn’t gotten in the way, that would have been the case from the beginning. There is now at least hope that the children will grow up happily.
Adrienne meanwhile has moved on to dating Sean Stewart, Rod Stewart’s son. Paul last said that his career and sons would be his priority for a while and doesn’t seem to be back in the dating game yet.