We were introduced to Pat and Gina Neely back in 2008 after the debut of their Food Network cooking show, Down Home with the Neelys. Aside from the fact that the lovely former couple could whip up a mean macaroni and cheese like it was nobody’s business, viewers were enamored with the the high school sweethearts’ outward displays of love. As cameras rolled, they would shower each other with sweet and tender compliments in between seasoning up batches of catfish and putting the finishing touches on their BBQ beef ribs.
As playful and affectionate as they appeared, there was turmoil simmering behind the scenes. They dropped a bombshell on their fans when they announced they were calling it quits in 2014 and filing for divorce after 19-years of marriage. So what really went wrong between a couple that appeared to be utterly infatuated with each other? Let’s discuss as we look into the untold truth of the Neelys.
Two years after news of their divorce hit headlines, the public gained more insight into the Neelys’ strained marriage. Gina gave a candid interview to OWN’s Where Are They Now? (via People) and shed some light on just how broken their marriage truly was. Aside from 12 failed attempts at couples therapy, Gina said, “I tried to leave five times and I just didn’t have the strength but the fifth time I held on to that. It became necessary for me to find my path.”
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