Kyle Richards, Mauricio Umansky denied they were divorcing amid ‘challenging’ years of marriage

Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky have denied plans for divorce amid a “challenging” year in their marriage.

On Monday, People magazine reported “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” couple has separated after 27 years of marriage.

“In regards to the news that came out about us today… Any claims regarding us divorcing are untrue,” Richards, 54, and Umansky, 53, wrote in joint statements on Instagram Tuesday.

The couple acknowledged marital difficulties, writing that they “had a rough year” and that it was “the most challenging one of our marriages.”

“But we both love and respect each other tremendously. There has been no wrongdoing on anyone’s part,” Richards and Umansky continued.

The reality TV stars asked to “work through our issues privately,” adding, “While it may be entertaining to speculate, please don’t create false stories to fit a further salacious narrative.”

“Thank you for the love and support. Kyle & Mauricio,” the couple concluded.

According to People’s report Monday, a source close to the pair said Richards and Umansky “have been separated for a while now but are still living under the same roof.”

“They remain amicable as they figure out what’s next for them and their family,” the source added.

USA TODAY reached out to representatives for Richards and Umansky for comments.

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Richards and Umansky met in 1994 and married two years later.

The couple shares three daughters: Alexia Simone, 27; Sophia Kylie, 23; and Portia, 15. Richards’ oldest daughter, Farrah Brittany Aldjufrie, 34, was born when the reality TV star was married to Guraish Aldjufrie from 1988 to 1992.

Their latest confession of marital struggles came after Umansky shut down rumors that their marriage was rocky after Richards was photographed without her wedding ring. “We’re not getting divorced,” Umansky said in an April episode of Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave and Tamra Judge’s podcast “Two T’s in a Pod.”

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“I mean, it’s so dumb. That one stupid story that came out there, and then the girls all, you know, decided to talk about it on the ‘Housewives,’ and so now it’s a storyline.”

Earlier in March, while attending the 31st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, Richards also addressed rumors about her marriage.

“The analyzing of everything is so… we were just talking about that in the car,” she said. “I’m seen out at the gym without a ring on, or the rumors about weight loss. I just… I can’t keep up anymore… I don’t even care anymore… All I know is my anxiety is better than it’s ever been and I just… I just can’t stress about it anymore.”

Contributing: Pamila Avila

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘RHOBH’ stars Kyle Richards, Mauricio Umansky deny divorce plans

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