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Shannon Storms Beador Confirms Split from Boyfriend John Janssen

The Real Housewives of Orange County cast member revealed that John was the one to end their relationship of more than three years.

By Allison Crist

Shannon Storms Beador and John Janssen have broken up after three and a half years together.

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The Real Housewives of Orange County cast member confirmed the split — which she said was initiated by John about a month ago — in an interview with People on January 11. Looking back, Shannon admitted she “was blindsided by the breakup,” as she thought they “were in a great place.” 

That apparently changed over the course of a week, though. “He told me he was done with the relationship,” Shannon recalled. “And to hear what he said to me then was absolutely devastating.”

“I’ve never loved anyone more in my life,” Shannon said. “I was hopeful this was the man I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I wanted it to work out. I’ve never loved anyone like I’ve loved John. But clearly, he didn’t feel the same way.”

John, for his part, told People that the breakup was a “super hard” decision for him to make.

“I’ve been in pain over it. It’s sad because I love Shannon very much,” John said. “I have loved her more deeply than any woman in my life. She’s one of a kind; so funny and generous and full of life and adventurous. We have a connection that’s unlike anything I’ve ever had. And I know that for as long as I live, I’ll never meet anyone like her again. But that doesn’t mean we’re right for each other for the rest of our lives.”

He continued, “The last thing I wanted to do is hurt Shannon, but I do think I did the right thing for the both of us. We’re two people who love each other very much, but love is not always enough. And while I know Shannon sees it as I’ve said things to her I never meant, I hope she’ll be able to see that there’s no bad person here. It’s two really good people who couldn’t make it work.”

Shannon went on to add that she’s seen John twice since the breakup. “I was hopeful we could find a way forward,” she told People. “But being around one another only made it harder for both of us.”

As such, they haven’t seen each other since and they no longer follow each other on social media. 

Naturally, the holidays were “very, very difficult” for Shannon. “I couldn’t believe he wasn’t here, and there would be days I would just cry myself to sleep,” she added. “But it’s a new year, and I’m ready for a fresh start.”

Moving forward, John said, “I just want the best for her. She deserves that.” 

The former couple met in 2019 and made their relationship Instagram official that July. 

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