Who Is David Beador's Girlfriend? New Details About Lesley Cook, Who's Pregnant With His Baby

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Who Is David Beador's Girlfriend? New Details About Lesley Cook, Who's Now Pregnant With His Baby

She's 20 years younger than Shannon.

 If you're a fan of the Real Housewives of Orange County (and if you're not a fan, that's something you might want to rectify — I'm just saying) then you already know just how hard Housewife Shannon Beador fought to save her marriage to her husband of 17 years, David Beador. 

Beador's fans have come to know and love her dearly. She's a loyal friend, a goofy character, and an amazing mom. When she isn't getting overly-anxious about slimming down or training her dog Archie, she's quick with a joke and a ready (if terrible) impression of an Irish accent. 

But Beador's life is far from perfect, as folks who watch the show know. During her time in front of the camera, her tumultuous marriage to her now ex-husband, David, was often in the forefront.

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Then, David had moved on to a woman 20 years younger than Shannon and she was left picking up the pieces. And, now, Beador and his new girlfriend Lesley Cook are engaged and expecting their first child together.

Who is David Beador's girlfriend, Lesley Cook?

The Beadors joined the show in the ninth season. 

When Shannon and David Beador were introduced on season 9 of RHOC, their initial storyline was all about Shannon's obsession with all natural living and Eastern medicine.

Shannon would solemnly intone the importance of having the right amount of lemons in the bowl on her kitchen island and made regular trips for acupuncture, continually bleaching her hair while at the same time on a quest to rid her body of toxins.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 

A post shared by Shannon Storms Beador (@shannonbeador) on May 5, 2018 at 9:56am PDT

But pretty soon Shannon's kooky lifestyle choices were overshadowed by the problems in her marriage to David.

They had a lot of marriage problems.

The couple was only married a brief time before they welcomed the first of their three daughters. Between David's long working hours and Shannon's night owl habits, it was difficult for the two of them to find time to spend together.

Shannon fretted about the state of their marriage and when she learned that David was having an affair, it brought all of their problems to the forefront. 

After the affair, they renewed their vows.

However, Shannon and David appeared to rally, putting the affair behind them.

While they saw the renewal of their marital vows (televised on RHOC) in 2016 as a hopeful gesture of good faith, any long time watcher of the Housewives franchises knew that a vow renewal only means one thing in reality-land: divorce is imminent. 

Sadly, for every step forward, the couple seemed to take another massive step back. 

Shannon felt unappreciated when, after David's grand gesture of a vow renewal, she felt they felt they fell back into old patterns. 

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She filed for divorce in 2017.

Shannon revealed that the couple was, in fact, divorcing on the RHOC season 12 reunion in 2017. While it wasn't a shock, the sad news did seem to help Beador mend bridges with fellow cast member, Vicki Gunvalson. 

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This was quite the about-face, since all throughout season 12, Beador blamed her weight gain, in part, on Gunvalson, who was responsible for spreading rumors about David's alleged assault of Shannon during an argument that followed the revelation of his affair. 

David moved on.

On the season 13 premiere of RHOC, Shannon finally took off her wedding ring after learning from friend Tamra Judge that David and his current girlfriend were still communicating while the couple was trying to make their marriage work. 

Beador took the bad news in stride, but it was the much-needed push she needed to remove the ring that represented her married life with David. While she fully expected her husband to move on, she didn't anticipate that he would be in a serious relationship just two months after they split. 

"It hurt when I first found out, just the way that I found out because they were doing this public, Instagram, childish nonsense,” Shannon said in 2018. “I knew I was going to be replaced and that’s fine … It could be any girl, it’s just the timeframe, that’s all."

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David's new girlfriend denied that she was the other woman.

But the drama continued off the air. Beador's girlfriend, Lesley Cook, posted a rebuttal to the claims that she was ever the other woman in their marriage, roundly decrying the allegations. David has remained silent about the claims, but whether or not they are true, they had a serious impact on his ex-wife and his daughters. 

Shannon herself is coping the best she can. In the season 13 premiere of RHOC, she said, "David and I communicate through text and email and they aren’t pleasant. I found out two days after it was all over social media that David has a new girlfriend that is almost 20 years younger than him." 

Cook striked back.

David met his girlfriend Lesley Cook totally by chance at a party. While Tamra Judge claims that the two were interacting on social media in October of 2017, Cook herself clapped back, saying that the couple didn't even meet until December of 2017. 

Speculating about why Judge might want to start this kind of false rumor, Cook had said, "Tamra needs to put food on the table somehow, I assume." 

Shots fired! Judge then blocked mother-of-two Cook, but with her passion for staying in the spotlight, it clearly won't be long before she has some words of her own for David's new paramour. 

They finalized their divorce in April 2019.

Last spring, the former couple reached a divorce settlement. Shannon won joint legal and physical custody of their daughters and in both spousal and child support, was awarded $22,500 a month.

She was reportedly "relieved" to have finally settled everything.

Beador and Cook are engaged and expecting their first child.

They got engaged earlier this year. On Instagram, Cook wrote, “Today I Said YES to the man of my dreams. You complete me!”

The couple has also just revealed that they're expecting a baby. On an Instagram story, Cook wrote, “You’re just a small bump,” alongside an emoji of a pregnant woman.

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Rebecca Jane Stokes is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York with her cats, Batman and Margo. She hosts the love and dating advice show, Becca After Dark, every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15 pm Eastern. For more of her work, check out her Tumblr.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on July 2018 and was updated with the latest information.