Kelly Dodd thinks Dr. Jen Armstrong’s split from husband Ryne Holliday is all for show.
The “Real Housewives of Orange County” alum weighed in on the freshman cast member’s decision to file for legal separation from the father of her three children after the news made headlines Tuesday.
“Doesn’t mean they filed for divorce .. just means they want another season ❤️❤️❤️,” Dodd, 46, commented on Instagram, suggesting Armstrong was attempting to orchestrate a storyline that would entice Bravo to keep her around for a second season.
Armstrong, 44, filed her request in Orange County Superior Court on May 13, listing the date of her separation from Holliday, 42, as Sept. 8, 2021, and citing “irreconcilable differences.”
The cosmetic doctor, who has been married to Holliday for nearly eight years, asked for legal and physical custody of twins Cece and Vince, 10, and son Robert, 9, with visitation granted to the stay-at-home dad and business owner.Armstrong filed for legal separation on May 13, citing “irreconcilable differences.”jenniferarmstrongmd/Instagram
She also requested that the court terminate the right to award spousal support for both parties.
Despite Dodd’s assumption, a source close to the situation told us there was “no specific catalyst for the filing.”“Doesn’t mean they filed for divorce .. just means they want another season,” Dodd commented.NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
“After their first trial separation in September , Jen and Ryne were still in limbo, and Jen felt like she needed to take this step to improve their family dynamic,” our insider shared.
“The issues they’ve been having are the same issues that played out on the show. But all is amicable, and they are committed to keeping their kids stable and happy.”Armstrong and Holliday have been married for almost eight years and have three kids.jenniferarmstrongmd/Instagram
During Season 16 of the reality series, which wrapped in April, Armstrong and Holliday appeared disconnected and argued constantly over a mutual lack of appreciation for their differing roles in the family.
Viewers saw Armstrong pushing to have tough conversations with a seemingly uncomfortable Holliday, who was more interested in petting their beloved chihuahua, Mr. Puppers, than he was in discussing their marital woes on camera.The two also share a chihuahua named Mr. Puppers.jenniferarmstrongmd/Instagram
Armstrong revealed to us in February that the two had briefly separated after watching their relationship play out on TV, but she said the monthlong “healing” experience actually brought them back together.