Earlier today, we reported that Mike Shay, husband of Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Marie Shay, had gone missing after draining the couple’s joint bank account.
Neither half of the couple has commented on the situation on social media, but a new report from Radar Online debunks the rumor that Mike “fell off the wagon” and slipped back into his old destructive habits.
Unfortunately, just because Shay is still sober, that doesn’t mean his marriage is entirely healthy.
Insiders tell the site that Mike and Scheana are living in separate homes and my be headed for a divorce.
“He’s been with his parents and brother. Everyone knows and has known exactly where he is,” says one source.
“He’s doing great, focusing on his family and his music.”
The insider (who describes himself as “very close” with Mike) says the substance abuse rumors were propagated by Scheana’s PR team with the hope of placing the blame for the failed marriage entirely on Mike.
The first report appeared on TMZ just hours after Mike skipped a Vanderpump Rules Season 5 premiere event, and the source claims that’s no coincidence.
“They knew people would ask questions when Mike didn’t show up to the premiere,” the insider says.
“It was inevitable.”
Mike and Scheana got married in 2014 in a wedding that was documented by Vanderpump cameras.
The relationship began to show signs of strain last season, when Mike’s substance abuse nearly drove Scheana away.
After several days apart, they eventually moved back in together, but sources say their relationship never quite got back on solid ground.
Production sources say the difficulties that the Shays have encountered in their brief marriage will be a central focus point for the show this season.
Sadly, it seems their unhappy ending is currently playing out in the tabloids just as the season begins.
On the bright side, at least they’ll have plenty of drama to fuel an eighth season!
Watch Vanderpump Rules online at TV Fanatic to get caught up in time for tonight’s premiere.