In a twist that I’m pretty sure everyone saw coming, Real Housewives of Potomac star, Gizelle Bryant, announced that her relationship with boyfriend, Sherman Douglas, was “officially a wrap” during Sunday’s episode. But the writing had been on the wall for a while.
Gizelle, 47, began questioning the relationship earlier this season, when Sherman’s interest in her appeared to be waning. You know how it goes: the phone calls and visits become less frequent, you say your going out of town, and he doesn’t seem to care… that type of thing.
The question, of course is, why? Well, as Gizelle explained to The Daily Dish, it came down to the same old story: a lack of communication. She also admitted that she’s not exactly low maintenance.
”Sherman is a fantastic guy, like totally fantastic. However, I know I’m a lot to deal with. I get that. So the key to having a good relationship with me is communication,” she explained. “And I think throughout the intensity of our relationship, he kind of shut down and just would not communicate with me. So, you know, we had to go our separate ways.”
That certainly makes sense, but the WAY he chose to end it can only be described as cruel. The couple had a double date planned with Bryant’s co star, Robyn Dixon, and her husband, Juan, and at the last minute, Sherman informed Gizelle that, not only would he be standing her up, but that he “needed another perspective to see whether or not they should even be in the relationship.”
Gizelle had often wondered if Sherman was comfortable being in such a high profile relationship. Dating on reality television isn’t easy, under the best of circumstances, and the ladies of Potomac can be pretty judgmental.
“It’s very weird to kind of date publicly. And, yes, I was very apprehensive about introducing Sherman to all of the ladies, because they are the worst. They always want to scrutinize people. They want to tear people apart from head to toe,” she explained.
Well, she certainly knows her friends! Some might even say it takes one to know one! The good news in all of this is that Gizelle has no problem moving on. She’s done it before, and she can do it again. She said after going through a divorce, ending a year and a half long relationship, is nothing.
“After you go through a divorce, any other relationship that ends, your like, who cares, because a divorce is really hard to get over, and there’s so much to that. There’s kids and the whole family you’re trying to build. So now, when I break up with someone, I’m over it in like 4 seconds. It’s sad. Robyn thinks I’m a robot,” said Gizelle.
Still, ending any relationship when your children have become attached to your significant other is difficult, and Gizelle says her daughters inspired her to work harder on the relationship. In the end, though, she chalked it up to a lesson learned.
”My daughters were sad. And it made me sort of want to work harder at the relationship than I normally would. Because usually, I’m like the break up queen. Like, if you go to the bathroom too long at the restaurant, I might break up with you,” she joked. “So knowing that my girls loved Sherman, I wanted to work on it a little harder. But it’s a good lesson for children to know that adults, sometimes it doesn’t doesn’t work out, and you move on, and hopefully they’ll like the next guy.”
And speaking of the next guy, Gizelle isn’t letting any grass grow under her feet. When asked if she was dating, she quipped, “but of course,” however adding that so far, “it’s nothing too serious.”
As for Sherman, she says she still has “mad love for him,” and occasionally runs into him at the gym where their relationship began, although she added that the love may not be reciprocated.
”I don’t know if he wants to talk to me anymore,” she said.
Well, that’s sad, but in the end, it may be for the best. We haven’t seen the last of Sherman. In fact, next week we’re going to meet his ex-wife Kyndall Douglas, and considering how their marriage ended, Gizelle may have dodged a bullet! Stay tuned, viewers…it’s about to get interesting!
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