Keeping a long and healthy relationship in the entertainment industry is not a walk in the park, and Kristen Doute and her boyfriend, Alex Menache, learned it the hard way.
On June 21, "Vanderpump Rules" star Kristen Doute shocked her social media followers by announcing her split from her boyfriend, Alex Menache, on her Instagram stories.
The TV personality shared photos and videos of herself moving out of the house she and Menache shared for about six months. She said goodbye to the "beautiful home" in one of her stories and added that while the ordeal was complicated, she felt gratitude.
Kristen Doute in an episode of "Watch What Happens Live" on January 14, 2020 | Source: Getty Images
KRISTEN DOUTE AND ALEX MENACHE'S QUARANTINE LOVE
Doute and Menache met through a mutual friend of the entire "Vanderpump Rules" cast in 2016. However, nothing romantic happened until November 2019, when they started going on one-on-one dates.
Before the coronavirus pandemic stopped the world, Menache took her to Tulum, Mexico. Doute returned to California first and learned about the quarantine guidelines.
Kristen Doute and Alex Menache on July 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images
She immediately warned him to return home as soon as possible because he would not be allowed back if he waited too long. Menache listened to her, and the former couple was quarantined together.
Being under the same roof for so long broke many relationships, but Doute and Menache's got stronger as they learned multiple things about each other. They went Instagram-official in May 2020, and he supported her after "Vanderpump Rules" let her go in mid-2020.
[Doute and Menache] faced split rumors almost one year earlier due to their behavior on social media.
KRISTEN DOUTE AND ALEX MENACHE TALKED ABOUT MARRIAGE
Menache and Doute had such a loving relationship that they even talked about getting married. However, she confessed they had no rush to tie the knot. Doute explained in August 2020:
"Alex and I are just doing it the way that's right for us. […] I think we're both in the right place at the right time of our lives, and if it happens, it happens."
It was not the first time Menache and Doute sparked marriage rumors. Earlier that April, one of his alleged friends claimed he wanted to marry and have kids soon. The source added that Menache had been looking for a wife rather than a fling.
Doute and Menache's relationship made headlines again in October 2021 when she listed her 1,770 square-foot home in Valley Village, Southern California, for $1.3 million.
KRISTEN DOUTE FACED BREAKUP RUMORS FROM ALEX MENACHE BEFORE
Doute and Menache might have confirmed their breakup in June 2022, but they faced split rumors almost one year earlier due to their behavior on social media.
Menache and Doute apparently unfollowed each other on Instagram in October 2021, and she then posted a photo about not being "good enough." Doute even admitted she had been listening to many Taylor Swift songs, some of which are about failed relationships.
Menache shut down the breakup rumors saying they just had a "petty fight" and forgot to follow each other back after she blocked him.
When fans learned about Doute and Menache's split, they wondered if she would reunite with her ex-partner, Brian Carter. She pointed out that they were nothing but friends and asked people to stop speculating about her love life.