The Real host Jeannie Mai is divorcing her husband Freddy Harteis after 10 years of marriage, a rep for Mai confirmed to PEOPLE.
Mai, 38, has spoken openly on the daytime talk show about her marriage to Harteis and some of the challenges that they’ve faced as a couple. One of their differences included wanting to have children, a stance Mai emphatically opposed.
“You know how much I love Freddy, my husband. He’s my life. And before we got married, I was very clear about the fact that I probably would not have kids, just because I’ve never felt that. And now, getting older, he definitely seems like he wants kids, and he actually came out and said that he wants children,” an emotional Mai told her co-hosts.
“I guess it’s just really hard because I can’t just have a child for another person, and you don’t have a child to save your marriage, but we are in love, and we are enjoying life, and he’s my Freddy, and I’m his Jeannie, and we don’t have any other problems except that, which, you never know what could happen in the future,” she added. “So right now we are clinging to each other, and we’re waiting for God to kind of tell us what that means, and it’s kind of weird to go to sleep every single night holding on to that person you love so much, not knowing where it’s gonna go.”
The couple was reportedly in counseling to salvage their union. On a recent episode, Mai spoke about their busy schedule and how they kept the fire alight, albeit miles apart.
“We trust each other through and through, and we communicate really well, and I think another thing that really helps is just some good, old-fashioned phone sex,” she said, laughing. “Real talk.”
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