Mauricio Umansky and Emma Slater were caught strolling into a Los Angeles nightclub “arm-in-arm” over the weekend as his estranged wife, Kyle Richards, attended BravoCon in Las Vegas, where she seemingly slipped about their “divorce.”
Although the couple previously denied that they are ending their marriage, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member, 54, said over the weekend that her “divorce” has been hard — while also noting on Teddi Mellencamp and Tamra Judge‘s podcast that Mauricio’s explanation about why he was seen holding Emma’s hand late last month was “strange.”
“Listen, we are separated. So, we’re allowed to do what we want,” Kyle noted on the November 4 episode of Two Ts in a Pod, via Page Six. “It’s just, you know, strange to see. I don’t know. We were married for almost 28 years. So, that’s hard to see.”
As RHOBH fans may recall, Mauricio, 53, and Emma, 34, stepped out for dinner in Beverly Hills, where they were caught holding hands, on October 23. They were quickly met with dating rumors, which they denied in a joint video on Instagram.
“We were talking about the week during dinner. And when we came out of dinner, um, we were recapping [the week], and I reached out, um, to grab Emma’s hand, and she grabbed my hand and, uh, and then we walked, you know, to the cars. Just recapping and summarizing,” Mauricio explained as Emma admitted they have a “special bond” due to their time together on Dancing With the Stars.
Still, after saying on Watch What Happens Live that she was “hurt” and “taken aback” by the pics of Mauricio and Emma, Kyle denied claims of hypocrisy involving her relationship with Morgan Wade, 28, to Teddi, 42, and Tamra, 56.
“I’ve seen people say, ‘Oh, but you’ve been running around with your friend.’ First of all … there’s no weird pictures of me with anybody on the internet at all,” Kyle stated.
As for Mau’s chemistry with Emma, Kyle said it isn’t “easy” for her to see.
“I really wanted him to do well and I voted for them every week, and you know, I was very supportive,” she explained. “With that said, it’s a lot, you know, it really is.”
“[We’re] allowed to do what [we] each want to do,” Kyle added, but they should keep it “under wraps.”
Although Kyle and Mauricio have maintained that they are working on their marriage, Kyle seemed to slip and say “divorce” during an interview at BravoCon.
“I’ve gone through a lot this last year. It does change you. Losing my best friend to suicide changed me and going through my divorce and all that. It’s made me stronger but it definitely changes you as a person,” she told TMZ.
While his estranged wife was in Las Vegas, Mauricio was back home in L.A. with Emma at his side.
In photos shared by TMZ on November 5, the former DWTS pair was spotted at the Line Hotel club in Koreatown, where they walked “arm-in-arm” into the venue with a female friend at their side.
According to TMZ’s sources, Mauricio allegedly put his hand on Emma’s back at one point in the evening — and they looked “very chummy” together as they smiled and chatted with friends.
As for kissing or hand-holding, there was none of that.
#RHOBH???? MAURICIO UMANSKY & EMMA SLATER HANGING OUT AGAIN IN L.A.
Kyle Richards Is MIA
Mauricio Umansky and Emma Slater Spotted Together Again in L.A. https://t.co/FaMhUw526C via #tmz pic.twitter.com/NO82VetotI
— Brightly (@BrightlyAgain) November 5, 2023
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 13 airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.