“I am rattled. This situation is profoundly devastating,” the reality TV personality, 37, wrote in a statement shared via Instagram Story on Monday, December 27. “This is obviously not what I imagined when I made my vows — and I’m shocked and saddened by the way things turned out. I am moving forward with my children as we privately process our pain and begin to let go of shattered dreams.”
King continued: “At this time I ask for your grace and gentle kindness as I navigate this labyrinth of grief with my family.”
After nearly two months of marriage, Page Six first reported on Friday, December 24, that the Real Housewives of Orange County alum and President Joe Biden’s nephew called it quits. Eagle-eyed fans also noticed that King removed his last name from her Instagram bio. She changed her social media name to Meghan King Owens following their surprise October nuptials, but she has since returned to her maiden name on the platform. However, her Instagram bio still notes “wife.”
“Our wedding was about two things for us,” King told Brides, in an interview published shortly after their romantic ceremony. “Our love for and commitment to each other, and our family — each of our families, and the new very large and very tight family that we were bonding together by getting married. That’s it.”
The former Bravo personality later shared their wedding photos via Instagram, captioning her post, “We just knew. Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Owens.”
“[We] texted for a day or two, then spent five straight hours on the phone the first time we spoke,” the influencer told the magazine. “By the time that call ended, Cuffe was booked and packed for a flight to St. Louis that took off in about eight hours. Within a week, we were back on the East Coast, meeting his family, and starting to plan our future together. We didn’t leave each other’s side for weeks.”
She continued at the time: “We both knew exactly what we were going to do, where we were going to do it, and how we were going to do it. It’s a beautiful thing to see eye-to-eye with each other as we do. I bought thousands of dollars worth of dresses online — everything from traditional gowns to cocktail dresses off the rack. And, breaking from tradition, I tried all of them on for Cuffe to see. We both found ourselves getting caught up in expectations of tradition with the dress when I just decided to wear what felt most like ‘me.’”
“Trying my best to avoid any cheesy introductions like ‘my main squeeze’ … so just meet my man,” King wrote via Instagram on September 25.
Following his ex’s whirlwind wedding, a source exclusively told Us Weekly that Edmonds, 51, “was given a heads up” about the ceremony “a few days prior.” The retired MLB player later told the Daily Mail he didn’t fully believe the news.
“She called me to tell me she was getting married. It was the first I heard anything about it. I thought it was a joke – they’d been dating for about four weeks!” he said in October. “I wondered, ‘Is she pregnant?’ But is it even possible to know that just four weeks after the first date?”
He added at the time: “Really I have no emotion on her wedding one way or another. It’s like a stranger getting married. I have no connection to her.”