"REAL HOUSEWIVES" STAR COUNTESS LUANN DE LESSEPS SPLITS UP WITH HUSBAND

THE countess is now count-less.



Friends of "The Real Housewives of New York City" star Countess Luann de Lesseps say the former model has split with Count de Lesseps. A close pal said, "They decided to separate. She got wind he was seeing somebody and he didn't answer her when she called. He finally sent her an e-mail saying he was with an Ethiopian woman in Geneva and he was serious with her."

The revelation came as a shock to the countess, who celebrated her 16th anniversary with her husband on March 16. "Luann was blindsided. She was just devastated," the close friend told Page Six. "They have basically lived apart for many years -- he lives in Europe and comes and goes as he pleases, but she never thought this would happen.


"It has been very rough for her and the children [Victoria and Noel], but she's taking the high road and will remain friends with him," the source added. "She has no intention of making it bitter or becoming angry. She's just trying to come to terms with [the separation and impending divorce]. She feels this is the ultimate test for her to handle this with dignity and grace."

Luann -- whose book, "Class With the Countess," comes out next month -- has told friends that, no matter what, "I will always be the countess." A rep for Luann said, "It is obviously a very difficult time for the countess and count, but they plan to remain friends and their primary focus will be to do what is best for their two children."

Meanwhile, the rep adds that an unidentified man the countess was reported being seen with over the weekend is "just a friend -- that's it."
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OH, SNAP. No wonder she was so pissed when Ramona called her husband "older". Hahaha.
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