"She's really going through a divorce now so she kinda felt like — or everyone felt like she needed to take a back seat and kinda concentrate on that," Gizelle Bryant told The Breakfast Club. "But she's still around. I love Charrisse."
"When I told [Eddie], I said, 'They want me to do this reality show' — at the time we didn't know it was Housewives, we were thinking maybe it could be Housewives — and so he said, 'Well, if you do it, we'll probably get a divorce.'"
His extreme reaction took her aback and made really her take stock of their relationship.
"It was not the answer I was expecting," she admitted. "So when he said it, I was devastated. Like I literally gave up my career twice because of his career."
A former NBA player turned coach, Eddie's frequent job changes had them moving all around the country.
"We moved to California, then New Jersey, Maryland, Philly, then back to Maryland, and now I say a few words, and you're going to say to me divorce if I do this? So it kind of put me in a different space of, 'Now I really want to do this.'"
The split has been painful for Charrisse, but she's still hopeful for the future.
"I'm open to dating," she told Essence in November. "I'm hoping to really find the person to spend real quality time with in the near future. I love being a wife. The chances of finding someone to marry might be difficult, but I would love it. I would love to be in a relationship where I could get to that stage of falling in love and getting married again. I think it's beautiful."