The Real Housewives of Orange County star David Beador‘s new and younger girlfriend, Lesley Cook, is speaking out and defending her man amid his bitter divorce battle with estranged wife Shannon Beador.
Following news of a possible estrangement from his kids, including 16-year-old Sophie and 13-year-old twins Stella and Adeline, Cook is making it clear that she believes her boyfriend deserves to share custody of his daughters with Shannon.
In her divorce filing in December, Shannon, who is currently in production on the RHOC, requested sole custody of her three daughters and suggested David be given nothing more than visitation with their girls.
“David is an absolutely amazing dad. He takes his daughters to school every morning, well the ones that don’t drive. He takes them to all of their after school activities, drives them to their tournaments, and is always there for them,” Cook revealed to Us Weekly magazine on March 16. “His daughters are the absolute light in his life, and he loves them so very much. The girls will always come first.”
“I just wanted to speak out on David’s behalf because of all these negative things I have been reading about him being a bad dad,” Cook added. “Please, this man goes above and beyond for his daughters.”
In response to his estranged wife’s request, David filed his own documents, requesting he be granted joint custody of the kids and targeting the reality star for turning their kids against him.
“While the children (Stella and Adeline) have resided with Shannon, since separation, the children, on several occasions have refused to talk or see me,” he claimed in the documents. “This behavior has been tolerated in Shannon’s home and is not in the best interests of the children. I have requested they spend nights with me however they have expressed concerns for their mother in this event.”
David went on to say that Shannon’s employment “encourages excess drinking and extended travel to which Shannon has chosen not to inform me and make accommodations for the kids to stay with me while she is away.”
Beador and Cook began dating three and a half months ago. “We met at a SoulCycle class. We love to work out together,” Cook shared.
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