, one of the society ladies on Bravo’s "The Real Housewives of New York," has separated fromCount de Lesseps
after 16 years of marriage.
Her husband is a Frenchman whose ancestor presented the Statue of Liberty to the United States.
The reality star’s publicist,Elizabeth Rosenthal
, issued a statement Tuesday saying the couple "plan to remain friends and their primary focus will be to do what is best for their two children."
Rosenthal declined to comment on reports the breakup came after the former model learned that The Count, ,b>Alex de Lesseps,/b>, was having a relationship with another woman.
But the Countess will keep her title, says Rosenthal. Her etiquette book, "Class With the Countess," debuts April 16.