Vanderpump Rules Alums Jax Taylor & Brittany Cartwright Announce Separation

After four years of marriage, former Vanderpump Rules star Brittany Cartwright revealed she and husband Jax Taylor are taking time apart and are currently living under separate roofs.

By Brett Malec Feb 29, 2024 7:17 PMTags
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Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright's marriage is on the rocks.

In fact, after four years of marriage, the Vanderpump Rules alums have separated, Brittany announced on their joint podcast When Reality Hits.

"Many of you guys have been asking me about Jax and I and our relationship," she shared during the Feb. 29 episode. "I just think it's important to be real and honest with you guys because we've shared so much of our lives with you guys."

The 35-year-old went on to hint at her and Jax's recent relationship issues.

"On my last podcast I alluded to many marriages go through rocky times," Brittany, who shares 2-year-old son Cruz with Jax, continued. "Yes, marriages in general are very hard and I've had a particularly rough year this past year. Jax and I are taking time apart and I made the decision to move into another home to take some space for the sake of my mental health."

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Though the Bravolebrity didn't want to share specific details relating to their drama, she did admit the split is "still very hard to talk about."

"I'm taking one day at a time," she noted. "I don't know what the future holds, but right now my focus is on being the best mom to Cruz."

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Brittany concluded her announcement by asking fans to "pray for us," adding that she believes "everything will be just fine" no matter the outcome of their current marriage woes.

Jax and Brittany married in June 2019 at a castle in her home state of Kentucky surrounded by family and close friends, including costars Stassi Schroeder, Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, Lala Kent. Lance Bass officiated the summer ceremony.

Two years later, they welcomed baby boy Cruz in April 2021.

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News of the couple's split comes just a few weeks before Jax, 44, and Brittany's new Bravo series The Valley is set to premiere next month. The show will document Jax, Brittany and their other friends adjusting to adult life in suburbia in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.

Keep reading to relive Jax and Brittany's romance pre-split.

The Valley premieres Tuesday, March 19, following a new episode of Vanderpump Rules. Beginning Tuesday, March 26, the series will move to its regular timeslot of 9 p.m.

Welcome to SUR

Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright first meet while vacationing in Las Vegas in 2015. He convinced her to join the cast of Vanderpump Rules for season four, which premiered that same year. Following her Bravo debut, the Kentucky native and Jax took their relationship to the next level in the public eye. 

Going Country

The pair took a break from life in West Hollywood and headed to the brunette beauty's home state: Kentucky. They filmed their Bravo spinoff show, Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky, where they experience many ups and downs in their relationship. The first and only season aired in 2017.

Hitting the Pause Button

Brittany and Jax briefly called it quits in December 2017 after he confessed to cheating with fellow VPR castmate Faith Stowers. However, they rekindled their romance and appeared happier than ever during the Pump Rules reunion in May 2018.

"He was very persistent and just did not give up," Brittany told E! News following the reconciliation. "There were some times—sorry to say this Jax—where I'd have 30 missed calls from him. He just wasn't going to give up on me."

The Big Question

Brittany shared the special news that she and Jax are engaged on Instagram. "Omg omg!!!!!!!! We are ENGAGED! What a way to start our summer and season 7," she said of her proposal, which took place in Malibu in June 2018. " I am so happy, so in love, and so beyond excited for this next chapter of our lives! I am the happiest girl ever right now."

Engagement Festivities

The two lovebirds celebrate their engagement news with their closest friends and family. It's certainly a night to remember!

Red Carpet Ready

The two bring the glitz and the glam to ther 2018 People's Choice Awards, where Brittany showed off her gorgeous engagement bling.

"Thank you sooooo much to the fans who got us this far, this is an incredible experience that I never imagined I would be apart of and I am so grateful," she wrote on Instagram. "I won't forget this night for the rest of my life..."

Two Lovebirds

In the midst of wedding planning, the reality TV personalities shared a special moment on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live.

Time to Party

The couple lived it up as they celebrated their joint bachelorette and bachelor parties in Miami. At the time, a source told E! News Jax and Brittany were "having a blast" with their guests.

It's Official!

Ahead of their televised wedding ceremony, the couple got their marriage license at the Clark County Courthouse in Kentucky.

Wedded Bliss

Family, friends and Vanderpump Rules cast members watched the Bravo stars tie the knot at a Kentucky Castle in June 2020.

Baby Boom

In September 2020, Brittany and Jax announce they're expecting a baby boy. "Mom & Dad," Brittany captioned a phoyto of herself and Jax. "The love of our lives is coming soon."

End of an Era

Amid Brittany's pregnancy, the couple announced in December 2020 that they "will not be returning for another season of Vanderpump Rules."

They added at the time, "We are excited to take this time to focus on our growing family and share with you our new endeavors."

And Baby Makes Three

Brittany gave birth to her and Jax's first baby—son Cruz Michael Cauchi—on April 12, 2021 "We have never been more in love," she shared on Instagram. "He is the most precious gift and I am so blessed to be his Mommy. We are soooooo so happy, he is a dream come true!!"

Valley Rules

In January 2024, Bravo announced that Brittany and Jax—as well as fellow VPR alum Kristen Doute—will star in the spinoff series called The Valley, which will center around their day-to-day in the famed Los Angeles suburb.

Taking Time Apart

The couple hinted at problems in their marriage in February 2024, sharing that they had separated for the time being.

"Yes, marriages in general are very hard and I've had a particularly rough year this past year," Brittany shared on their joint podcast When Reality Hits. "Jax and I are taking time apart and I made the decision to move into another home to take some space for the sake of my mental health."

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