A lot of Real Housewives are actually ex-wives — half of those currently on the shows have been divorced at some point in their lives, compared to just 22.4% of American women.
The oft-repeated stat that 50% of American marriages end in divorce isn’t actually accurate. Actual divorce rates are far lower — but not on the Real Housewives shows. The most divorce-prone is the show’s Beverly Hills franchise, but all have higher-than-average proportions of divorced women — except for The Real Housewives of New Jersey, where just one current headliner is divorced.
So if you’re a wealthy, fame-hungry woman who’s also looking to preserve her marriage, RHONJ may be your best bet.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the divorce rate of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. One current headliner is divorced.
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