The Real Housewives Franchise May Have Destroyed Another Marriage

Kordell Stewart, former quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has filed for divorce from his wife, Porsha Stewart, who is a cast member of Real Housewives of Atlanta. The couple only started appearing on the reality show this season, which is still airing.

Viewers of The Real Housewives of Atlanta have seen Porsha, who is the granddaughter of civil rights activist Hosea Williams, live in practical total submission of her husband. Porsha’s storylines on the show have revolved around her and Kordell’s infertility issues, Porsha wanting to have a career conflicting with her husband wanting her to be a stay at home housewife, and Porsha’s constant need for her husband approval on all of her decisions. Porsha and Kordell’s marriage has been scrutinized from the beginning of their relationship.


Straight From The A details the many gay rumors that have plagued Kordell since he was in the NFL. Many speculate that Porsha was simply his beard to help end the gay speculation.

DListed reports Kordell filed the divorce papers on Friday March 22. The couple was married in May 2011 and share no children. No pre-nup was made, but Kordell allegedly doesn’t want to pay Porsha  any spousal support. Since the couple have only been married for less than 2 years, it’s unlikely Porsha will get much if any spousal support/alimony.

Media Takeout speculates the couple is divorcing because Kordell no longer wanted to be a part of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and told his wife she couldn’t appear on the show next season. Porsha reportedly refused her husband’s request and began contract negotiations for next season, leading her husband to divorce her.

Wet Paint profiles all of the many Real Housewives cast members from the series’ several cities whose marriages have crumbled since appearing on the reality show.


Porsha and Kordell join current and former Real Housewives divorcees such as Ed & Lisa Wu Hartwell and DeShawn and Eric Snow from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Jeana & Matt Keough, Tamra & Simon Barney, Vicki & Donn Gunvalson, and Lynn & Frank Curtin from The Real Housewives of Orange County.  Mary & Rich Amons, Stacie Scott & Jason Turner, and Michaele & Tareq Salahi, from The Real Housewives of D.C.. Camille & Kelsey Grammer and Adrienne Maloof & Paul Nassif from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Finally from The Real Housewives of New York Countess LuAnn & Alexandre de Lesseps.

So many Real Housewives divorces, and surely only many more to come. Is the TV show to blame, or would these couples never have divorced had they not chosen to appear on TV? It’s impossible to tell. Most marriages end in divorce anyway, but most people don’t appear on television.

Reality TV can’t be blamed entirely for causing a couple to fall out of love and choose to divorce. Problems must have existed, like they do in all relationships, before any of these married people chose to live their lives under the microscope of television, and have their daily lives scrutinized by the public.

Whether it was control issues, money problems, infidelity, all the above, or something else entirely, divorce happens. It’s inevitable for most relationships. But if you do have a secret you don’t want exposed, appearing on reality TV probably isn’t the best option for you personally or relationship wise.

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Branden Lee is a blogger, screenwriter, producer, and actor. Branden studied Communications at Northeastern University while minoring in Production. Branden's writing has appeared on Thought Catalog, The New Gay, Examiner, and he's currently a celebrity gossip contributor for Wish I Didn't Know.


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