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Jesse Lally Exposes New Details About His Split from Michelle: "All of a Sudden..."

After thinking his marriage was in an "amazing" place, Jesse said on WWHL that things changed.

By Shannon Raphael

During his Clubhouse debut on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Jesse Lally opened up about his separation from Michelle Saniei Lally.

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In case you missed it, after years of struggling in their marriage, the twosome confirmed their separation ahead of The Valley premiere in March 2024. 

Now, Jesse is offering up new information about the timeline of his split, and whether he and Michelle have continued working together in real estate. 

When did Jesse Lally and Michelle Lally actually break up?

Though Michelle and Jesse only confirmed their split in March 2024, the couple actually separated months earlier, in October 2023. 

The spouses made the decision after filming wrapped on The Valley Season 1, and shortly after they celebrated a milestone wedding anniversary. "Literally two days after our five-year anniversary, mid-October," Jesse told host Andy Cohen about the exact date of their separation. "We went to Montecito and got back and had the conversation."

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Why did Jesse Lally and Michelle Lally split?

As Jesse and Michelle have said on The Valley, cracks in their marriage began to really surface after they welcomed their daughter, Isabella Bunny Lally, in 2020. 

"It's so sad because COVID was different for everybody," Jesse said about how the pandemic affected their marriage. "We had Isabella literally a month into lockdown, and how do you balance [that when we had] no help, no grandma, no grandpa — it was just very difficult."

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Was Jesse Lally surprised about his divorce?

When Michelle and Jesse began filming The Valley in the summer of 2023, the latter spouse thought his marriage was in an "amazing" place. "We had just moved into a new house, our business was incredible, and then all of a sudden..." he said on WWHL.

So, when it came time to watch Season 1 of The Valley back, Jesse was surprised to hear how close Michelle was to pulling the plug on their union. "The amount of times that she said that she was kind of done and checked out, and moved on," he said about what surprised him the most. "There are a few times where I had a few tears in my eyes, because I was like, 'Oh, my God, why am I doing all of this then?'"

As for the rumors that Michelle was sending "sexy pics" to other men, Jesse does believe now that "it was true."

Do Jesse Lally and Michelle Saniei Lally still work together?

Jesse and Michelle may not be romantically involved anymore, but they continue to do some work together in their respective real estate careers.

"We share past and present clients, so we're doing a little work [together]," Jesse said on WWHL

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Jesse Lally shares an update on his and Michelle's daughter, Isabella, amid their divorce

Amid his divorce, Jesse is thankful that his daughter is thriving. 

"I'm so proud of the fact that she's handling everything that is happening so well," Jesse said about the child he shares with Michelle. "That was the biggest thing for me."

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