Shannon Beador’s “self-medicating” with alcohol as she calls it, or her “drinking problem,” as her cast mates have referred to it. has been a major focus on the last season of Real Housewives of Orange County.
If you recall, on the finale episode of this year’s reunion, Gina said basically that Shannon ripped her a new one for talking about her mental health and her self-medicating to treat her depression and anxiety because it could cause her to lose custody of her children. Apparently, the new girlfriend and David were snugged up on the couch watching the reunion because the new woman, who may or may not be pregnant with David’s baby, went on an Instagram rant after the last episode. She said a lot of things about Shannon and then made it clear that David is the best boyfriend and father anyone could ever have. She also pointed out that she loved Shannon’s girls and they love being with her and their father.
Today, The Blast is exclusively reporting several interesting things. First of all, during the contentious divorce proceedings that David asked the judge to forbid Shannon from drinking within 8 hours before being with the kids and during any time she has the girls with her. At the time of the divorce, that was denied by the judge. Shannon appears to have denied drinking when the girls are with her despite there being a clip from the show on the Bravo site with her talking about her drinking every night at the time of the divorce.
I agree with the judge. I imagine a lot of women drink more than usual when going through a divorce. Plus these are not infant girls that need close supervision.
Then after the reunion aired, David filed another motion where he refers to his first request, ““I requested Mrs. Beador agree to not drinking or being drunk in front of the children and the request was denied and in fact disputed that she even stated she ‘self-medicates’ even though the television clip of her stating it is currently on the Bravo (NBCU) website and was included and quoted on several media articles.”
Shannon has not responded to David’s newest motion. The judge has set a hearing date for January.
David has consistently refused to hire counsel for the ongoing divorce proceedings.
It is clear that Gina was telling the truth and Shannon was lying when she was on the reunion claiming she never told Gina that discussions of her drinking and mental health could cause her to lose her children.
I am not sure how I feel about this latest development. I tend to think the judge will not agree to this. David may be inadvertently causing the girls to have to testify in court about their mother’s drinking which would be very awkward. I really don’t think there is enough evidence to indicate that Shannon’s drinking has an impact on the girls. Again, if they were very young, I might have a different opinion. David seems to enjoy drinking as well. How would this even be monitored? Would David be questioning the girls? On the other hand, it is possible that the girls have expressed concerns to their father.
What do you think should or will happen with this motion to the court? I guess we will find out next month.