Following 12 years of marriage and two children, including son Logan, 6, and daughter Elle, 2, the famed plastic surgeon has confirmed that he and the Real Housewives of Miami star are getting a divorce and opened up about the timing of his new romance with Austrian model Katharina Mazepa.
“Lisa and I are getting divorced,” Lenny, 55, told Page Six on May 16. “A few weeks ago, I denied this because because I am trying my best to protect my family during this process. This is a very difficult time, and I would ask for some privacy so that we can best take care of our children who mean the world to us.”
“I tried my best to avoid it for the sake of our children, who we love deeply. We have been living separate lives for months and made the decision to divorce last month,” he continued. “It was after the decision was made that I started seeing Katharina. This is something that Lisa was well aware of before it happened. Our issues have nothing to do with the filming of the show.”
“None of this happened until after the decision was made to get divorced,” he added about his relationship with the 26-year-old model.
According to the report, Lenny and Lisa have “contemplated divorce for the last several years,” but Lenny hasn’t officially filed for divorce quite yet.
In her own statement, Lisa, 39, made it quite clear that she was not on board with, or even aware of, Lenny’s plans for divorce.
“With two young children involved, as a mom I’m going to focus all of my energy and time on them. I’m blindsided by his behavior and reckless handling of the situation,” the RHOM cast member said, via a spokesperson.
And in an additional statement, a friend of Lisa’s said the mother of two was not “directly aware of any divorce talk but can assume the direction it’s going since he hasn’t been hiding anything.”
“She’s devastated and disgusted that he would do this to his children. The way he’s out flaunting it is gross,” the friend noted. “She’s just shocked that in a heartbeat he would just abandon his family.”
As RHOM fans may have heard, Lisa reportedly confronted Lenny and Katharina at Miami hotspot Gala on May 7.
“They were all there, and they did have words,” an insider told Page Six, sharing that “a drink was thrown.”
“Lisa got in her face and yelled at her,” added a second source.
More recently, Lenny was seen flaunting his new romance with Katharina at Prime 112.
Prior to the news of Lisa and Lenny’s split, Lisa talked openly about her now-estranged husband’s past “emotional affair” on the show.
“We almost got a divorce, and it was devastating. During the separation Lenny had this emotional affair with some two-dollar hoe,” she shared in a confessional.
She also spoke about the betrayal during an interview with E! News, saying that, like everyone else, they’ve had their “ups and downs,” and stating that they made the decision to stick by one another’s side.
“We just never give up. Every relationship has issues that they have to work through,” she said. “I just feel like everyone thinks the grass is always greener [on the other side] and it’s not. You’re going to have another set of problems with another person, so my philosophy is stick it out with the person that you love, the person you created a family with, the person you have history with and make that your love story.”
The Real Housewives of Miami season five is currently in production and expected to begin streaming on Peacock sometime later this year.