During the recent Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Real Housewives of Orange County star Gina Kirschenheiter surprised fans by posting a rare pic of herself with her estranged husband, Matthew, celebrating the holiday with their three kids. Even though Gina and Matthew are going through a divorce, the former couple and their kids looked like one big happy family.
Gina shared more pics on Instagram of her kids and herself with friends, but it was the pic of Matthew that had fans talking. The one thing most fans noticed was how attractive Gina’s soon-to-be ex-husband is, which is the same sentiment expressed by Gina’s RHOC co-star Kelly Dodd earlier this season.
“Matt is FINE! Damn Gina,” one follower wrote.
Not only has Gina rarely posted anything about Matthew on social media since the news of their divorce broke a few months ago, but he also didn’t appear in any episodes of RHOC this season. Gina claimed that Matthew’s employer didn’t want him to be on the Bravo reality show. Just because he didn’t make any appearances, that didn’t stop him from being a topic of conversation.
Season 13 of RHOC was Gina’s first, and the Long Island native was immediately open and honest about her fears – plus the highs and lows – as she prepared for her divorce. She also recently admitted to fans that she and Matthew haven’t yet told their kids about their split, and he is still living with her.
Even though he didn’t show up on RHOC this season, that didn’t keep Matthew from watching all of the new episodes and giving Gina some feedback. At first, he wasn’t sure he wanted to watch Season 13 because he was scared about what would happen on the show. Gina convinced him that everything was fine, and he should watch.
During some of her tougher times on the show, Matt would text her messages of support because he felt bad that his ex had to go through difficult things without him while everyone was watching. She added that even though Matthew is supportive, it has still been a weird experience for both of them.
Gina isn’t ready to move on to another relationship just yet, but she recently dipped her toe back into the dating pool by going on her first post-divorce date.
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“I did go on one date, and it was nice! It was fun, and then he ended up getting back together with his girlfriend,” Gina laughed while sharing the story with Personal Space.
The experience was still valuable, however, because Gina Kirschenheiter discovered that when she does choose to date again, she can “actually get a date.”
Part two of the Season 13 Real Housewives of Orange County airs Sunday, December 2nd on Bravo.