Calling it quits. Lenny Hochstein, one of the Real Housewives of Miami, and Lisa Hochstein announced their separation in May 2022, going public was only the start of their tumultuous divorce proceedings.
Lenny announced their breakup shortly after the plastic surgeon was seen partying in Miami with model Katharina Mazepa.
“Lisa and I are getting divorced. A few weeks ago, I denied this because I am trying my best to protect my family during this process,” he said in a May 2022 statement to Us. “It is true that I am seeing Katharina, but none of this happened until after the decision was made to get divorced. This is a very difficult time and I would ask for some privacy so that we can best take care of our children who mean the world to us.”
The couple wed in October 2009, and their children, Logan and Elle, were born in July 2015 and September 2019, respectively. In November 2022, Lisa claimed that she had been financially cut off from Lenny during their protracted divorce and could not buy needs for her children.
The Bravolebrity claimed in court papers acquired by Us that she had been attempting to “buy diapers and food” when her payment was declined. She blamed her divorced spouse for failing to pay on his American Express card for several months.
“[Lenny’s] clear strategy now is to force [Lisa] into submission by refusing to provide [Lisa] or minor children with any direct support,” the documents claimed. “[Lenny] has the ability to throw lavish parties, but doesn’t have the ability or desire to provide support to [Lisa] and the parties’ two young children?”
Lenny, on the other hand, has denied the accusations. The Russian national claimed that Lisa has made “monotonous and repetitive requests” for “excessive temporary support” while he provides for the family in a later document that the Us could access.
Lenny is concentrating on his children despite the animosity between the ex-spouses.
“I just want to make sure my kids are taken care of,” he told Us in January 2023. “They are my priority and my everything. Whatever happens, I want to make sure they have a great life and are taken care of and want for nothing.”
The couple’s divorce is portrayed on RHOM season 5, which debuted in December 2022. Lisa had expressed her reluctance to watch the events unfold again on television to Us at BravoCon two months before.
“I’m dreading it ’cause I wasn’t expecting it, and I was a mess. Like, I couldn’t control my emotions,” the reality TV personality said in October 2022. “When the viewers tune in, they will see [that] I was just … I wasn’t myself. Nobody recognized me. I didn’t recognize me.”
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When Did Lisa And Lenny Split?
Lenny first denied rumors that he and Lisa were divorcing, but in May 2022, he finally admitted it.
“A few weeks ago, I denied this because I am trying my best to protect my family during this process. It is true that I am seeing Katharina, but none of this happened until after the decision was made to get divorced. This is a very difficult time and I would ask for some privacy so that we can best take care of our children who mean the world to us,” he told Us at the time.
Lisa re-posted a May argument video on her Instagram Stories in December 2022. Lenny described the video as “a setup” in a statement to Us, adding, “My goal is to give Lisa as much space as possible. … She will never miss an opportunity to cast me in a bad light any chance she gets.”
What Happened With The Hot Mic Moment?
Lenny stated that he desired a divorce with Lisa in a December 2022 teaser for season 5 of RHOM, ostensibly unaware that he was being videotaped.
In the clip, the doctor’s friend Vito calls himself “officially single.” Lenny then replied, “In a couple months, I might be single too.”
Lenny joked, “I do,” in response to Vito saying he didn’t want to see the married pair break up.
Lenny and Lisa’s Feud Over Financial Support
In November 2022, Lisa claimed that because her ex-husband hadn’t been making purchases with his American Express card, she could not provide for their kids’ needs.
“[Lenny] has the ability to throw lavish parties, but doesn’t have the ability or desire to provide support to [Lisa] and the parties’ two young children?” she argued in court documents obtained by Us.
In response, Lenny filed a document of his own in January 2023. He stated that Lisa asks for “excessive temporary support” and that he provides for the family while the RHOM star “drives luxury vehicles including a Range Rover and a Rolls Royce.”
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