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Shane Simpson Says "Not Working" Put Strain on Marriage to Emily Amid Law Career Struggles

Plus, the RHOC couple revealed what made their marriage “stronger" as they reflect on his law career journey.

By Jamontae Hickman

Since Season 13 of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Emily Simpson has allowed viewers to see every intimate and challenging moment of her marriage with her husband, Shane Simpson.

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A few of those moments include Emily’s NSFW confessions about her and Shane's sex life to the spouses navigating a tough time in their union due to conflicting issues in their careers; however, in the end, their love prevailed as they celebrated 15 years of marriage last year.

In the latest episode of Bravo's Hot Mic podcast (clip above), Emily and Shane sat down with host Alex Baskin to reflect on how the struggles in Shane’s law profession put a strain on their relationship. During the discussion, Emily also noted how RHOC contributed to her marriage being “stronger” than ever.

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Emily and Shane Simpson reflect on the “difficult” part of their marriage

While chatting about the ups and downs in some marriages, Emily admitted how she and her husband struggled amid Shane's issues to pass the bar“I think you taking the bar exam was probably the most... difficult on our relationship,” she said.

Shane agreed with his wife and further explained the pressures he faced at the time, saying, “That was a lot with filming, with young children, you know finances, [and] not working.” He concluded, “It was just a lot to deal with at the same time.” 

Emily Simpson and Shane Simpson pose for a photo together.

Emily Simpson credits RHOC for making her marriage to Shane Simpson “stronger”

Although Shane’s job ups and downs was initially tough on him and Emily, the two were able to get into a better place. During the podcast, the RHOC ‘Wife explained how being on the series helped her marriage in the long run.

“I feel like us being on the show has made our marriage stronger and made us work as a unit better and made us better parents,” Emily told Alex. Shane, too, concurred with Emily’s statement by sharing, “I think in a way we became more dependent on each other.”

When do new episodes of Bravo's Hot Mic podcast premiere?

Mark your calendars! New episodes of Bravo's Hot Mic will be released bi-weekly and are only available with a paid subscription ($3.99/month).

Who are the guests on Bravo's Hot Mic podcast?

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Kyle Richards and The Real Housewives of Orange County's Tamra Judge appeared in Episode 1 and Episode 2 of Bravo's Hot Mic, respectively. Vanderpump RulesScheana Shay appears in Episode 3 with The Real Housewives of Orange County's Shannon Storms Beador appearing in Episode 4. Episode 5 featured The Real Housewives of Miami's Larsa PippenHeather Dubrow and Terry Dubrow appear together in Episode 6. Episode 7 featured The Real Housewives of Orange County alums Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley. Episode 8 featured Shahs of Sunset's Mercedes "MJ" Javid. Episode 9 featured Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright from The ValleyVanderpump RulesTom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz were guests on Episode 10. Episode 11 The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsErika Jayne stopped by to chat. In Episode 12 The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsGarcelle Beauvais and Sutton Stracke made an appearance. 

Now, the current episode features Emily and Shane Simpson so make sure to tune in to see what the pair are revealing. 

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What is Bravo's official podcast Bravo's Hot Mic about?

Bravo's Hot Mic offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of Bravo's biggest moments from the people who know the real story. Host Alex Baskin is a longtime Executive Producer across multiple Bravo series and sits down with the stars of Bravo shows to discuss memorable moments and the things you didn't see.

Who is Bravo's Hot Mic host Alex Baskin?

Alex Baskin is the man behind the curtain of so much iconic reality TV action. Having produced more than 50 shows for nearly every network around, he currently serves as Executive Producer of multiple series including Bravo's RHOBH, RHOC, Vanderpump Rulesand E!'s Botched.

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