“Freddy And I Have Two Separate Lives” Jeannie Mai Opens Up About Her Divorce

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Last week, we were surprised to announce that Jeannie Mai of “The Real,” had filed for divorce from her husband of ten-years Freddy Harteis. While there were no specific reasons given, we can assume from watching the show that the issue of having children had something to do with the couple’s split.  And while that may have been part of the reason, according to Jeannie Mai’s statements on “The Real,” it seemed that there was very little tying them together.

She said:

And as I’ve talked a lot about on this table, you know, Freddy and I have two separate lives – it didn’t start out that way, but it has become that way, and we’ve grown apart. And every time our life takes us in different directions, our trees have been planted farther and farther apart. So you can imagine that’s got to be really difficult for marriage to intertwine, you know? And I’ve learned now, that marriage has to have roots. It has to have roots to connect the two together. It could be kids – and if it’s not kids, it has to be something else. It has to be a purpose. For some couples are… it’s a vision, it’s a business they’re running together, but something aligns you. Sometimes it’s even living everyday together that allows you guys to intertwine. You know, and I will completely still to this day, and every day on this table that we ever talk about marriage, I will say that divorce is the last option. It’s not something to consider when you go into marriage. You know? However, I’ve learned in my life that life is about living authentically. And for me, the best moments as I look back in my life, that I became the best versions of Jeannie that I’m proud of, was when I was honest with myself. I was honest with the way I want my life to be, I was honest about who I am, and if you can imagine, that for a woman it takes listening to your soul and your intuition to make a decision like this.

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“To this day, I mean it honestly, he’s the best man I know. He really is. I married him because he’s like my dad. He’s very loyal, very compassionate, so funny, an awesome guy. And in our thirteen years of being together, there was never any lies, no betrayal, no cheating, nothing. So I want to say to you ladies, you guys have known since season 1, I’m always honest about the things we struggle through. I was real–sometimes too real for everybody to have an opinion about. You guys are so supportive. And I love our real family and friends who know it’s not about taking sides, it’s about loving what you go through.”

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