Lisa Vanderpump Breaks Silence on Former RHOBH Costar Dorit Kemsley's Breakup From PK

By Brett Malec May 15, 2024 3:40 PMTags
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Lisa Vanderpump is definitely not pumped over the news of former BFF and costar Dorit Kemsley's separation from Paul "PK" Kemsley, despite their 2019 falling out.

"I feel for anybody that's got young children," Lisa exclusively told E! News during Disney's 2024 Upfront presentation May 14. "It's not just the relationship, is it? It's everything that's displaced." (For more exclusive celebrity interviews from Disney's red carpet, watch E! News tonight, May 15, at 11 p.m.)

But despite ending her friendships with both Dorit and Kyle Richards—who separated from husband of 29 years Mauricio Umansky last summer—when she left The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after season nine's Puppygate controversy, Lisa finds no pleasure in seeing both of their marriages end as of late.

"It's sad regardless of what I feel about them," the restauranteur noted. "I always feel bad for the situation."

However, Lisa wasn't exactly surprised when Dorit—who shares son Jagger, 10, and 8-year-old daughter Phoenix, with PK—announced last week that they had broken up after nine years of marriage.

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"We have some mutual friends," the Vanderpump Rules star shared. "I knew there had been some backwards and forwards and I'd heard rumors. I normally hear everything. That's one of the good things and bad things about the restaurant business, you tend to hear a lot of what's going on."

And though Lisa hasn't spoken to Dorit since her split, she did give some insight into the recent trend of Bravolebrity breakups, which also includes VPR alums Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright.

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"It's hard to stay married, especially in this arena," the 63-year-old explained. "I think some people get carried away with their own self-importance and maybe their priorities change. We see a lot of people jumping into reality television and, some women, they're emancipated suddenly because they have their own career, when maybe they didn't before. So, in a way, there's this kind of freedom."

As for what's sustained her marriage to Ken Todd—with whom she shares daughter Pandora, 38, and son Max, 32—for over 40 years?

"It also takes a strong mad to stand by your side," Lisa told E!. "I mean, Ken is constantly called Mr. Vanderpump and he doesn't even blink. I think a lot of men would be like, 'Woah, hold on a second.'"

Watch E! News tonight, May 15, for more exclusive scoop from Lisa. And keep reading to see more celebrity couples who sadly split up in 2024.

Dorit & PK Kemsley

After weathering mulitple divorce rumors over the years, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star announced in May that she and PK have separated after nine years of marriage.

"To safeguard our deep friendship and maintain a harmonious environment for our children we have made the mutual and difficult decision to take some time apart and reevaluate our relationship while we prioritize our children," Dorit—who shares son Jagger, 10, and 8-year-old daughter Phoenix, with PK—wrote in a May 9 Instagram post.  We appreciate your love and support while we continue to do the work necessary throughout this journey."

Gerry Turner & Theresa Nist

The Golden Bachelor couple announced their decision to divorce on April 12, three months after tying the knot in a live, televised ceremony. 

"Theresa and I have had a number of heart-to-heart conversations," Gerry said during a joint appearance on Good Morning America, "and we've looked closely at our situation, our living situation, so forth and we've come to the conclusion mutually that it's probably time for us to dissolve our marriage."

Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott

The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, who split from Dean in June 2023, officially filed for divorce on March 29 after nearly 18 years of marriage.

Tori—who shares kids Liam, 17, Stella, 15, Hattie, 12, Finn, 11, and Beau, 7, with Dean—requested sole physical custody and joint legal custody of their kids in her filing.


Chelsea Lazkani & Jeff Lazkani

After nearly seven years of marriage, the Selling Sunset star filed for divorce from her husband, according to court documents obtained by TMZ.

The real estate agent—who shares kids Maddox, 5, and Melia, 3, with Jeff—cited irreconcilable differences as the official reasoning for her filing.

Jax Taylor & Brittany Cartwright

After four years of marriage, the Vanderpump Rules alums, who share 2-year-old son Cruz, announced they have separated

"Yes, marriages in general are very hard and I've had a particularly rough year this past year," she shared during the Feb. 29 episode of their 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."

Porsha Williams & Simon Guobadia

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star filed for divorce from the businessman in February after just 15 months of marriage.

Robert Irwin & Rorie Buckey

The son of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin and Heath Ledger's niece announced their breakup on Feb. 16.

"We wanted to share that we have decided to go our separate ways," the wrote in a joint statement on Instagram Story, "but profoundly appreciate all of the time spent together and wish one another all the very best into the future."

The pair—who were first romantically linked in November 2022—added, "We wish to express gratitude and respect we have for one another as we continue our journeys on different paths." 

Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires

Multiple outlets reported Feb. 8 that Jason filed for divorce from the fellow country singer on Dec. 15, 2023.

Landon Barker & Charli D'Amelio

After more than a year and a half of dating, Travis Barker's oldest son and the TikTok star split.

"Hey everyone, I would like to let you guys know that Charli and I are no longer together," Landon wrote on his Instagram Stories in February 2024. "We broke up to focus on ourselves. We are still friends and have so much love for each other. I am incredibly grateful for the time we shared and hope you can respect our decisions. Thank you, love you all so much!"

Bobbi Althoff & Cory Althoff

After four years of marriage The Really Good Podcast host announced that she and husband Cory are divorcing.

"As sad as I am right now, I am so thankful for the time I got to be his wife," Bobbi wrote on Instagram Feb. 7. "Our girls are so lucky to have him as a father & I am so lucky to be able to coparent with such an incredible father and person."

The document states that the former couple—who share daughters Isla, 19 months, and Luca, 3—plan to share joint custody of their children. 

Rachel Lindsay & Bryan Abasolo

Bachelor Nation started the year off with a shocking breakup. 

According to court documents obtained by E! News, the chiropractor filed for divorce from the lawyer on Jan. 2 after four years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split.

AJ & Rochelle McLean

Months after revealing their separation, the pair, who tied the knot in 2011, announced they were filing for divorce.

"As you all know we have been separated for over a year now," the Backstreet Boys star wrote on Instagram Jan. 1. "While we have hoped for reconciliation we have decided to officially end our marriage."

The former couple noted their main focus would be coparenting kids Elliott, 11, and Lyric, 6.

Kim Marlowe & Fabrice Morvan

According to documents obtained by People, Kim filed for divorce from the Milli Vanilli member Jan. 8.

Though details surrounding their wedding date remain unclear, Fabrice told the outlet in 2023 that he's been living in Amsterdam with partner Tessa van der Steen and their four children.

Austin & Catherine McBroom

The couple behind "The ACE Family" YouTube channel announced they broke up after nearly seven years of marriage Jan. 11.

"We have mutually agreed to a divorce but will remain a team when it comes to our kids," Austin wrote on Instagram. "We created one of the greatest stories, almost a decade together, so many memories, so many accomplishments but every book comes to end. And now we will be writing a new book as separate authors."

Sam Feher & Kory Keefer

The Summer House stars called it quites after over a year of dating, she revealed in January.

"I didn't break up with him because I don't love him, I broke up with him because he doesn't love me," Sam shared on the Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast. "It's the first time I've picked myself ever in the relationship."

But despite not being on the same page, she added that she and her formr costar remain on "good terms."

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