Kyle Richards details what caused separation from Mauricio Umansky

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Kyle Richards and her Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-stars are reeling after news of her separation from husband Mauricio Umansky became public.

On the season finale of the hit Bravo series, —which was filmed early last July amid the aftermath of People Magazine exclusively confirming the couple’s separation — Richards’ costars Dorit Kemsley, Annemarie Wiley, Crystal Kung Minkoff, and Sutton Stracke reacted to the shocking news.

During a FaceTime with her husband Paul “PK” Kemsley, the 47-year-old Beverly Beach designer shared, “Kyle never, ever indicated that they were separating” which PK called “pretty f—ed up.” Sutton, 52, noted that “this didn’t happen overnight and the truth is, we’ve always known about problems in her marriage leading up to this,” before she listed off the hints that the pair would go their separate ways. She then added, “I think that Kyle was lying to us the whole time. … This is suss. The whole thing.” After the couple issued a joint statement about their separation on social media, the Halloween Ends actress, 55, reflected on how each member of the family was coping one day in light of the separation becoming public.

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“When the People magazine article came out, I was with Mo and the girls and all of our phones just started blowing up,” she recalled. “Mo was really focused on who gave the story and I was more focused on how it was affecting all of us. I saw Alexia start to cry. We got in the car, all of us, and it was this weird … like, nobody knew what to do or say.” “It just felt like my whole life was over in that moment. Life as I knew it,” she added, getting choked up.

One week later, Kyle and Mauricio were still grappling with the impact of their separation going public after 27 years of marriage. “Things have been a lot more uncomfortable with me and Mo ever since the article came out, I think because it made it just so much more real,” she shared. “I feel like my kids have basically lived in a fairy tale but then I felt like the article was coming out, and they thought that the rug had been pulled from underneath them because things are worse than we led on to be.”

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The pair decided it was time to “clear up” what was going on with their daughters. Kyle told the girls, “I think the most important thing is just for you guys to know we haven’t told you guys everything because we tried to protect you. And then, all of a sudden, you get blindsided by this public news, and then you don’t know about it, it’s probably difficult.”

She added, “I just wanted to make sure that we were open and that you guys knew what we were going through and see if there’s any questions. I do want you guys to know that we haven’t talked about a divorce.”