Drew Sidora and Ralph Pittman of the Real Housewives of Atlanta have officially separated, as exclusively confirmed by PEOPLE.
“Love is a beautiful thing,” Pittman, 37, said in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE. “Unfortunately we have made the difficult decision to move on to our next chapters, independent of each other. Drew and I have decided to file for divorce. We have three amazing young children, and their mindset and growth is what is most important. As we navigate this difficult time, I ask that you please respect our privacy.”
Pittman’s divorce petition was received on Monday, according to paperwork that PEOPLE could access. Additionally, PEOPLE has paperwork that shows Sidora, 37, filed for divorce on her behalf one hour before Pittman. The Game actress asserts that the couple has been apart since last Thursday, Feb. 23, whereas Pittman gave the couple’s separation date as Feb. 19.
Pittman’s paperwork asks for joint legal and physical custody of their kids, however Sidora’s petition states that “there is no chance or hope of reconciliation” between the spouses.
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Pittman and Sidora wed in August 2014. Later, they welcomed daughter Aniya in February 2018 and son Machai in June 2015. The former star of That’s So Raven also has an 11-year-old kid named Josiah from a previous union. During RHOA, the couple’s marital problems that led to their divorce were extensively covered.
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Last year, Sidora discovered a suspicious text message between her husband and his female assistant (who was later fired). “Finding out my husband was getting close with his assistant was really hard for me,” she said on the show. “I packed up my kids and we went to Chicago. I literally ran away from home.” Sidora also said she wanted Pittman to “respect the relationship.”
RHOA castmates also took, with Kenya Moore calling Pittman “so disrespectful” as he faced accusations of gaslighting his wife. “You’re basically saying that she’s lying and how it happened was not how it happened,” Moore, 52, told Pittman in a 2022 episode. “That would piss me the f— off if somebody said that to me to my face, especially if I’m hurting. Do you not understand that? You’re tearing her down.”
Sidora stated to BET in June of last year that the couple intended to keep battling for their marriage despite their difficulties. “I thought it was like Cinderella like a happily ever after and so we thought that’s what it was going to be,” she said. “My parents who have been married for like 60 years made it look so easy. I’m in a situation where we have children, we’re moving to a new city — life is happening and people are growing as well as changing.”
She continued, “It’s hard because sometimes you’re like, do I need to stay in this marriage or am I better off by myself? Then I think to myself when two people commit and you keep committing to each other, what can we do to fix this? You’re switching counselors to find the right one — but we’re committed and I think that’s what keeps people together.”
Sidora also noted that it’s “not that it’s perfect because I’m not perfect and God knows he’s not perfect,” but they “keep doing the work” nonetheless.