Divorce Fuels Real Housewives Feud

Jan. 8 2010, Published 5:14 a.m. ET

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As was the first to report, the husband of Real Housewives of Orange County's Tamra Barney filed for divorce on Wednesday, charging his wife with infidelity. Their split is rocking their rich enclave and fueling the feud between the couple and fellow cast member Gretchen Rossi.

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Since Rossi joined the show, she and Barney have butted heads. The strain on their relationship came to a head during this season when Barney publicly called Rossi a liar and openly implied that Rossi's relationship with her now-deceased fiance Jeff was a gold-digging ploy. She also charged Rossi with sleeping around with other men while Jeff was still alive.

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In a blog on the show's website, she revealed some insight into the couple's less-than-perfect union. She mentions an email Simon sent to Tamra entitled "Your BS and Lies." A long critic of Tamra's behavior, she highlights Barney's attitude towards her own husband which embodies the backstabbing and fake nature Rossi has accused her of.

"There were some pretty harsh accusations being made on Simon’s part about Tamra in those papers. I bring this up because I think in tonight’s episode when Simon is talking about how happy they are, it is obvious that Tamra does not feel the same way. I thought 'poor guy he has no idea.' Then to hear Tamra say she 'would leave him if it was just the two of them,' WOW! That was a reprehensible remark if you ask me, I would be so devastated if I heard my spouse say that about me on national TV. We never truly know what goes on behind closed doors now do we though," Grossi said.

"For a very long time now I have heard lots of things about their marriage and I have chosen to stay out of it and not comment because it was none of my business. The only thing I knew for sure was that things were a little off because I was CC’d on an e-mail last January from Simon to Tamra titled “Your BS and Lies." It definitely made me question if their marriage was truly as solid as they tried to portray at times."

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While Gretchen and Simon have been at odds because of Tamra, they may just find themselves allies one day, bonded by their mistrust of Barney.

"All season long, I have been unpleasantly surprised by some of my wife's comments and conversations about me," Simon wrote on his Bravo blog. "I have no idea what she says or has said on camera until it airs. If I'm not present, I don't see these scenes until they air unless she tells me about it. And she never tells me about it. Hmmm.

"You don't need to run me over with a truck to get your message across, honey! Of course it feels like a truck just ran over my heart and soul. Wow! What a fool I've been. Never thought to watch out within my own camp. 'Et tu, Brute?'"

So far, Barney has been relatively quiet, though she promises to reveal her side of the story soon.

"Thank you for everyone who understands and supports me. For the record, all accusations are false. Tune in to 'watch what happens' next Thursday for my side of the story. Xoxo Tamra."

Gretchen and Simon, get ready for round 2!



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