Over the past few seasons of Real Housewives of Orange County, fans watched the marriage of Shannon and David Beador crumble before their eyes. The troubles began when David cheated, and they attempted to work past the affair. And, for a little while, it looked like they were successful in repairing their relationship — they even renewed their vows . But, ultimately, they couldn’t make it work, and at the end of last season, Shannon and David decided to separate.
After Shannon filed for divorce in December, David quickly moved on and started dating a woman named Lesley Cook. As Romper reports, except for an Instagram account titled @lovinglifeinnewport, Cook isn’t really in the public eye. But, we do know that she is 34 years old, lives in Newport Beach, and is the mom of two kids.
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On her Instagram, Cook shares pics of her kids, herself and David, plus some shots of beach life. She has also addressed the rumor that she was having an affair with David while he was still married to Shannon. On a recent RHOC episode, Tamra Judge suggested that David met Cook around the same time that he and Shannon separated, but Cook says that isn’t true.
Cook posted a clip from the recent season 13 premiere that featured Shannon confiding in Judge about how she was feeling and the difficulty of watching David move on so fast after their split. Judge responded that David had been commenting on Cook’s social media posts well before they claim to have met and started dating.
“What Tamra states as fact is an absolute lie. David & I Met in December 2017. It wasn’t even possible for us to be talking in October… David DIDN’T cheat on his ex with me,” Cook captioned the clip.
Cook also revealed that she reached out to Judge in an attempt to set the record straight, but she blocked her. This stressed her out so much that she decided to talk to Us Weekly to give her side of the story. She explained that she met David at a SoulCycle class in December after Shannon filed for divorce.
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Cook added that she wanted to speak out because of the negative things being said about David, and she wanted to make it clear that he is a great dad who goes above and beyond for his daughters.
She also claims that David takes his girls to school every morning, and he also drives them to after-school activities and to their tournaments. She says his daughters — Sophie, Stella, and Adeline — will always come first in his life.
Things aren’t great between Shannon and David, but they do stay in contact because of their kids. However, he has asked her to drop the Beador name, and go back to using her maiden name, Storms, but Shannon wants to keep Beador because of her daughters. They have compromised with Shannon now going by Shannon Storms Beador.
New episodes of Real Housewives of Orange County — without David Beador — air Monday nights on Bravo.