Just as fans of The Real Housewives of Potomac were getting to know Gizelle Bryant's new boyfriend Sherman Douglas this season, the relationship seemed to hit a rough patch as the two stopped communicating as much as they used to. Then Gizelle dropped a bombshell in Sunday night's episode of RHOP. During what was supposed to be a double date with Robyn and Juan Dixon, Gizelle revealed that not only was Sherman not coming, but the two had also broken up after a year-and-a-half of dating.
Gizelle explained to Robyn and Juan why the couple decided to split. "Sherman and I have huge communication issues, OK? So we agreed we're going to counseling, we're gonna make things better, I love you so much, yada, yada, yada. So I call him when I was coming over here, and he said, 'I need another perspective to see whether or not we should even be in this relationship,'" she said. "I am here to try to fight to make this relationship work, and for him to not even try to meet me halfway makes me feel like I'm not even worth fighting for."
The RHOP makeup maven opened up more about why she thought she and Sherman weren't going to work out during an interview with The Daily Dish earlier this season. "Sherman is a fantastic guy, like totally fantastic. However, I know I'm a lot to deal with. I get that. So the key to having a relationship with me is communication," Gizelle explained. "And I think that throughout the intensity of our relationship, he kind of shut down and just would not communicate with me. So it's just hard to go down a road knowing that a person just lacks the ability to communicate. So, you know, we had to go our separate ways."
On RHOP, Gizelle hinted that Sherman may not have been so comfortable being in such a high-profile relationship. "It's very weird to kind of date publicly. And yes, I was very apprehensive about introducing Sherman to all the ladies because they are the worst. They always want to scrutinize people. They want to tear people apart from head to toe. They want to scrutinize the relationship, so I was a little hesitant," Gizelle told The Daily Dish about introducing her man to the RHOP ladies and fans alike this season. "However, Robyn already knew him, Charrisse [Jackson-Jordan] already knew him, so I felt comfortable with that. And he's a great guy."
Juan seemed particularly vocal about Gizelle and Sherman's breakup when he heard the sad news, going so far as to say to Gizelle, "You're being an ---hole." But Gizelle said she actually needed to hear that. "I welcomed it because you always need a male's perspective, and I know Juan loves me and wants the best for me. So I didn't mind it. I didn't mind it at all," Gizelle said. "I have a brother that treats me the same way, so I'm used to it. But Juan just wants to see me happy."
Gizelle said she still sees Sherman "occasionally" at the gym where they first met. "I always give him mad love because Sherman's a great guy," she shared. "But I don't know if he wants to talk to me anymore."
So Gizelle has pretty much ruled out the possibility of them ever getting back together again. "I typically never go back. I doubt it," Gizelle said. "After you go through a divorce [Gizelle was married to megachurch pastor and activist Jamal Bryant], any other relationship after that that ends, you're like, who cares, because a divorce is hard to really get over and there's so much to that. There's the kids, there's the whole family that you're trying to build. So now when I break up with somebody, I'm just over it in four seconds, and it's really sad. Robyn thinks I'm a robot."
Still, that wasn't exactly an easy conclusion for Gizelle to come to, especially since her daughters Grace, Angel, and Adore had become so close to Sherman. "My daughters were sad. And it made me really kind of want to work at the relationship harder than I would normally. Because normally, I'm like the Breakup Queen. Like, if you go to the bathroom at a restaurant too long, I might break up with you," Gizelle said. "So knowing that my girls loved Sherman, I really wanted to work on it a little harder. But it's a good lesson for children to know that adults, sometimes it doesn't work out and you move on, and hopefully they'll like the next guy."
Speaking of "the next guy," Gizelle said that she has started dating again. "But of course," she said with a laugh. "But just one day at a time, nothing serious. So we'll see."
This isn't the last we'll hear of Sherman this season of RHOP. See what drama is on the way, below.