Tamra Judge: My Daughter Is Moving In With My Ex-Husband
The 'RHOC' star opens up about Sidney's emotional decision to live primarily with Simon Barney.
It's been almost five months since Tamra Judge emerged victorious in a custody battle with ex-husband Simon Barney, in which a judge granted Tamra partial custody of her kids, Spencer and Sophia, after Simon tried to gain sole custody. (The judge dismissed his motion that she was an unfit mother.)
But Tamra's heartbreak is far from over. Now, she's now speaking out about some big changes in her household: the Real Housewives of Orange County star says Sidney—her third child with Simon—will be living primarily at her father's home.
"Simon, Sidney and I talked and she told me she wanted her dad's house to be her main residence," Tamra tells Rumo Fix. "She is 16-years-old and can choose where she wants to live. We honored her wishes. We love our daughter and her happiness is what matters the most. I've never told her she was not welcomed in my house because of her relationship with her father. I want her to have a healthy relationship with both of us."
Tamra says the ongoing custody battle with Simon has been emotionally draining. "I'm not going to lie," she says, "This whole transition has hurt me dearly. As a mother, my kids are my life. I have to sit back and read so many false stories about my family. It takes a really strong person to pull out of this OK. I'm not sure I'm OK yet."
Still, Tamra, who divorced Simon in 2010, does admit there have been some lessons she's learned: "With every negative comes a positive," she says, "and our family has learned alot and gotten closer."
In happier news, Tamra recently took on a new role in her life: grandmother. Her son Ryan Vieth and his girlfriend Sarah Rodriguez welcomed their first daughter, Ava Ryan, in February.