After weeks of speculation and plenty of gossip around the blogs, Real Housewives of Miami stars Lisa Hochstein and her hubby plastic surgeon, Dr. Lenny Hochstein are calling it quits after 12 years of marriage.
According to PageSix, who published an exclusive statement from Lenny on Monday morning, the pair who share son, Logan, 6 and daughter, Elle, 2 are over.
“Lisa and I are getting divorced,” he told the outlet via phone. “A few weeks ago, I denied this because because I am trying my best to protect my family during this process. This is a very difficult time, and I would ask for some privacy so that we can best take care of our children who mean the world to us.”
Lenny, 55, also confirmed he is dating Austrian model Katharina Mazepa but claimed “none of this happened until after the decision was made to get divorced.”
As it was reported, the famed surgeon was seen on Sunday night outside Miami hotspot, Prime 112 with his new leading lady looking very comfortable. See the video below.
While Lenny went on to admit that he hasn’t actually filed for divorce from Lisa he did tell PageSix, they’ve “contemplated divorce for the last several years.”
“I tried my best to avoid it for the sake of our children, who we love deeply. We have been living separate lives for months and made the decision to divorce last month,” he continued. “It was after the decision was made that I started seeing Katharina. This is something that Lisa was well aware of before it happened. Our issues have nothing to do with the filming of the show.”
But are the feelings mutual?
According to Lisa’s camp, “She isn’t directly aware of any divorce talk but can assume the direction it’s going since he hasn’t been hiding anything,” the friend shares. “She hasn’t been served any papers and hasn’t been aware that that’s the case and is just focusing on her children.”
The friend who spoke to the outlet added that she was “completely blindsided” by his sudden change in behavior.
“She’s devastated and disgusted that he would do this to his children. The way he’s out flaunting it is gross,” the friend said. “She’s just shocked that in a heartbeat he would just abandon his family.”
Furthermore, Bravo Super Tea Blog, Bravoandcocktails.com , known for getting the tea about your favorite Bravolebrities, has been claiming for weeks that Lenny was stepping out on his marriage, again.
But news of the couples impending divorce comes after it was reported that Lisa had confronted her now-estranged husband at Miami hotspot Gala, where he was partying with Mazepa on May 7.
“They were all there, and they did have words,” an insider revealed, adding, “A drink was thrown.”
Another source also claimed, “There was a showdown at Gala Miami this weekend,” claiming Lenny walked in with his “new girlfriend.”
“Lisa got in her face and yelled at her,” the second source added.