Meghan King Edmonds is fighting back.
The former Real Housewives of Orange County cast member, who left the franchise in 2017, has sat down for her very first interview since her husband filed for divorce late last month.
Jim Edmonds didn’t merely file for divorce, either.
He did so after he and his wife got into a vicious argument over rumors that he had been sleeping with the family nanny.
This rumor followed a scandal-plagued summer in which both Jim and Meghan responded to the former having had an explicit relationship with another woman.
Jim has claimed this relationship never went beyond inappropriate text messages, but still:
Damage had been done to the relationship long before the divorce filing and nanny chatter.
With the whole Internet buzzing over his alleged new affair (again, with THe NANNY!), Jim has spoken out on numerous occasions; first trashing Meghan for spreading such a lie and then calming down and saying some kind things about her.
To kick off her chat with Us Weekly, Meghan referenced this change of tone from her estranged huband.
“I have to say that when he gave the ‘nice’ interview a few days ago, he was completely speaking for me. At that time I had not exchanged one text message with him and I have still not spoken to him on the phone,” Meghan explained to Us, adding that since the split, she has kept things “calm, consistent, routine-based and light” at her home.
“I have endured prolific controlling by Jim and it isn’t slowing down.
“Even when I make an unassuming post on Instagram, he hurls insults at me for a battery of made-up indiscretions.
“I’m sick of the abuse and I won’t engage anymore — and I don’t have to.”
It’s been a confusing whirlwind for the ex-couple.
In a lengthy blog entry written on October 29, Meghan detailed how she felt Jim had gotten far too close to Carly Wilson, the 22-year old nanny at the center of this scandal.
But she came right out and admitted the two probably did not sleep together.
Does this means she forgives Jim and all is now good between them? No. Far from it.
“I believe the facade he presented is false and manipulative to the public while using and taking advantage of me,” she now tells Us Weekly.
In the former Major League Baseball player’s most recent message, he said that he was “hoping for some peace, normalcy, and the ability to move forward in a healthy, happy direction for every single person involved,” noting that he loves his family “and will make it right again.”
But this won’t be easy, considering Meghan was blindsided by the divorce filing and had to find out about it online.
She’s been through far too much with Jim and various situations with other women to simply move on from it; not now. Maybe not ever.
“Divorce had been discussed as something that could be possible but I truly thought he could change and work through his demons,” she says here, continuing:
“Divorce never really crossed my mind. I had to find a divorce lawyer in a matter of hours.
“He filed so quickly that it seems to me (and others) it had been ready to go and he just was waiting for an event to happen so he could pull the trigger.”
The couple got married in 2014.
They share 2-year-old daughter Aspen and 16-month-old twins Hayes and Hart, the latter of whom has tragically been diagnosed with brain damage.
Here’s a quick rundown of what else Meghan said in this extensive Q&A:
Does she have money problems?
“It saddens me that the father of my children would so hostilely and haughtily say I should be worried about money, even during a time of anger. I don’t see that as putting our children first which has and always will be my first priority.”
Did they sign a prenuptial agreement?
“I did sign a prenup but it doesn’t pertain to child support or custody.”
How did this whole affair rumor blow up?
“I only ever privately alleged that Carly and my husband had an inappropriate relationship.
“It was Carly, Jim, and Jim’s daughter Hayley who repeated references such ‘allegations’ in the media and blew up this story. This is the very first time I have spoken to the media in the wake of this devastating scandal.
“Also, is it kind to secretly hang out with your boss’ husband at a bar until 1:30 a.m. and then delete all texts between the two of you? Is that putting my children first?”
What about Jim, the kids and custody?
“He hasn’t seen them since he left me — in no part due to any reluctance on my part — but hopefully, he will see them soon.
“In true toddler fashion, Aspen is especially concerned with her broken iPad (he reported it stolen so it’s wiped clean and unable to be reactivated except by the person who activated it originally which is Jim) and she can’t use it anymore but I kind of like that she has to make creative fun.
“The twins are unaware anything happened.”