It began in quarantine. Kristen Doute and Alex Menache knew one another from operating in the identical pal circles, however their relationship blossomed right into a romance at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier than in the end calling it quits in 2022.
The couple first made headlines in April 2020 when Us Weekly confirmed the Vanderpump Guidelines alum and the California native have been formally an merchandise.
As their romance continued to warmth up, Doute revealed extra particulars about what introduced them collectively. “It was simply somebody that I had been buddies with, and it was sort of like a drunken evening and I used to be like, ‘Hey, we’ve been buddies and also you’re sizzling. We must always in all probability make out,’” the He’s Making You Loopy writer shared on the Might 3, 2020, episode of Lindsey Metselaar’s podcast “We Met at Acme.”
Though their relationship could have begun in an off-the-cuff method, Menache confirmed up for his woman in earnest when she was fired from Vanderpump Guidelines over accusations of racism.
“This lady has been put through the ringer [sic] these previous few weeks and has taken it like a champ,” the true property mogul wrote by way of Instagram in June 2020, sharing a photograph of Doute protruding her tongue as he kissed her on the cheek. “Anybody that is aware of you is aware of your coronary heart is pure and type.”
The 2 have been smitten with one another, however Doute famous she didn’t “really feel the necessity to rush” into marriage together with her new boyfriend. “I feel Alex and I are simply doing it the best way that’s proper for us,” the James Mae CEO informed Life & Style in August of that yr.
“We’ve had that dialog, in fact,” she added. “I feel we’re each in the precise place on the proper time of our lives and if it occurs, it occurs.”
Though they didn’t tie the knot throughout their run collectively, Doute and Menache have been getting severe about infants at the start of 2021. In a January Instagram Story, the Michigan native admitted she was “actually nervous” about her “actually off cycles” on account of her age (37 on the time), questioning if that might negatively have an effect on her potential to get pregnant.
“Going into [the gynecologist], we weren’t capable of do the assessments we have been hoping for thus it actually careworn me out and sort of broke my f–king coronary heart, however we did the best we could with what we might do,” she shared on the time. “Excellent news on these fronts, and we’re simply gonna hold observe of what we have to hold observe of and catch up once more in a pair months.”
Later that yr, the couple hit their first public breakup rumor hiccup when Doute unfollowed her beau on Instagram, per Actuality Blurb. Menache broke his silence by writing in the comments section of the @blockedbyjax account: “Haha no. Kristen threw a match the opposite evening and swiftly blocked me. I didn’t even realize it till now and we forgot to comply with again. All the things is sweet, settle down bored girls.”
The mud appeared to settle between them as they in the end moved right into a “fixer higher” collectively on the finish of the yr after Doute bought her Valley Village abode for $1.3 million.
“I’m so blissful Alex and I lastly moved in collectively regardless that it seems like we’ve lived collectively for the final two years,” the previous actuality star stated in a collection of movies shared via her Instagram Stories in December 2021.
Maybe transferring in collectively was the loss of life knell for his or her relationship, as rumors started to swirl in June 2022 that they’d referred to as it quits when the previous Bravo persona shared quite a few Instagram Tales of her transferring out of the home they shared collectively.
Doute additionally uploaded a photograph of herself standing in entrance of a mirror. “Bye lovely residence,” she wrote. “We had so many superior reminiscences… as heavy as it’s, my present temper is gratitude.”
The previous SUR worker confirmed the cut up by responding to fan feedback on her social media web page, writing that their relationship merely “didn’t work out.”
Scroll all the way down to relive a few of the highs and lows and Doute and Menache’s two-year romance.