Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky issued a statement.
On Monday, the longtime couple confirmed their separation after 27 years of marriage via People magazine, announcing at the time that they were separating.
However, neither the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star nor her husband said anything in the news article.
But now they feel the need to speak out.
“As for the news that has come out about us today… All the claims about us separating are untrue,” they said in a joint Instagram post.
“But yes, we have had a tough year.
“The most challenging of our marriage. But we both love and respect each other very much. No one has done anything wrong.
“While we are in the public eye, we ask to be able to resolve our issues in private.”
Perhaps to make it clear that the pair are on good terms, Umansky shared some photos on July 4 of them spending quality time together.
“Happy Independence Day,” he captioned a carousel of moments, including a group photo and a snapshot of the exes posing with their dog.
“I hope everyone is having a nice day.”
Kyle and Mauricio – the latter of whom is the founder of a real estate brokerage – met in 1994.
They married in 1996 while Kyle was pregnant with their first child together, Alexia, now 27.
The two are also parents to daughters Sophia, 23, and Portia, 15.
News of the couple’s separation comes after Umansky denied the divorce rumors in April.
“We’re not getting divorced,” he claimed during an appearance on the podcast Two Ts In a Pod.
“I mean, it’s so stupid. That one stupid story that came out there, and then all the girls, you know, decided to talk about it on the Housewives, and now it’s a storyline.
This latest statement, meanwhile, seems to indirectly address social media speculation about the nature of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s friendship with country singer Morgan Wade.
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“While it can be fun to speculate, please don’t create false stories to fit another salacious story,” their statement read.
“Thank you for the love and support. Kyle & Mauricio.”
After celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in 2021, Kyle and Mauricio spoke to The Knot about what the anniversary meant to them.
“I definitely plan to spend the rest of my life with her,” Umansky said at the time. “So hopefully it will take at least another 25 years, and maybe another 50.”
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