Revealed: Kyle Richards and her rumored younger lover Morgan Wade turned down request to join Mauricio Umansky as rival competitors on Dancing with the Stars
Richards, 54, and Wade, 28, declined the offer from the ABC ballroom competition, TMZ reported Sunday - which came about two months after the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and Umansky, 53, announced their split after 27 years of marriage.
Richards has been romantically linked to Wade, 28, in the time since, while Umansky has been announced as a celebrity contestant on the series, with Emma Slater as his pro partner.
Richards - who remains on good terms with Umansky, as they reside in the same Southern California mansion - is currently with Wade in Paris working on a documentary about the singer's life, the outlet reported.
On Saturday, Umansky was asked by TMZ if he got along with Wade, and he said, 'I love her - yeah, she's great.'
The latest: Dancing with the Stars sought to recruit both Kyle Richards, 54, and her rumored girlfriend Morgan Wade, 28, to join Mauricio Umansky, 53, on the 32nd season of the reality series this fall
Asked if he considered using one of Wade's music for the stint on the series, Umansky said he and his partner would 'figure it out as we go,' adding that Wade has 'got so many great' songs to choose from.
Umansky was pictured heading to practice on an overcast Sunday in Los Angeles.
The Buying Beverly Hills personality donned a light gray cap with a long-sleeved dark gray top and black pants, rounded out with gray sneakers and a men's Louis Vuitton bag.
Richards and Umansky wed in January of 1996 and share daughters Alexia, 27, and Sophia, 23, and Portia, 15. Mauricio is also stepfather to Kyle's daughter Farrah Aldjufrie, 34, from her first marriage to Guraish Aldjufrie.
Richards and Umansky issued a statement on Instagram July 3 in which they denied getting divorced, but didn't deny separating.
It read: 'In regards to the news that came out about us today… Any claims regarding us divorcing are untrue. However, yes, we have had a rough year. The most challenging one of our marriage. But we both love and respect each other tremendously. There has been no wrongdoing on anyone’s part.'
They continued: 'Although we are in the public eye, we ask to be able to work through our issues privately. While it might be entertaining to speculate, please do not create false stories to fit a further salacious narrative.'
They wrapped up in saying, 'Thank you for the love and support,' signing the letter, Kyle & Mauricio.
Umansky was pictured heading to practice on an overcast Sunday in Los Angeles
The Buying Beverly Hills personality flashed a peace sign at photographers as he made his way into a practice facility
Umansky donned a light gray cap with a long-sleeved dark gray top and black pants, rounded out with gray sneakers and a men's Louis Vuitton bag
The businessman appeared to be in good spirits ahead of his stint on the ABC series
Bravo exec Andy Cohen told Page Six in July that the forthcoming season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will help in explaining the shocking split.
On his SiriusXM show Radio Andy, Cohen said that the events surrounding the split would be showcased on the long-running reality series.
'I wanna say that this will be included next season of Beverly Hills in some way shape or form - that's all I'll say,' he said.
Insiders told Page Six last week that Bravo crews had been working with the Richards family to capture the fallout of the split going public: 'Producers know fans want a glimpse into how Kyle and Mauricio came to this decision.'
TMZ reported in July that Kyle has been 'dating country singer' Wade, 28, in the wake of their separation, and that they 'allegedly have matching heart tattoos.'
Dailymail.com has reached out to reps for Richards, Umansky and Wade for comment on the story.
An Instagram user under the handle @facereality16 had a theory about the burgeoning relationship between Richards and Wade, pointing out that had been subtly acknowledging their romance by wearing matching silver bands.
Amid the speculation about Richards and Wade wearing rings, a separate wave of conjecture surrounded Richards and Umansky last spring after she was seen on an outing without her wedding ring.
Umansky pictured with Richards and daughters Sophia, Farrah, and Alexia
Umansky, appearing in April on the podcast Two T's In a Pod with Teddi Mellencamp and Tamra Judge, said the couple was 'not getting divorced.'
He insisted, 'I mean, it's so dumb. That one stupid story that came out there, and then the girls all, you know, decided to talk about it on the Housewives, and so now it's a storyline.'
Kyle's fame preceded her spot on the Bravo series, as she's Kathy Hilton's sister and Paris Hilton's aunt.
Richards and her family stepped into the limelight in 2010 when she was a principle cast member of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
The cast also included her sister Kim Richards, Adrienne Maloof, Camille Grammer, Taylor Armstrong and Lisa Vanderpump.
A dozen seasons later, only Kyle remains on the popular reality series (while Vanderpump has had tremendous success with her own spinoff Vanderpump Rules).
The 12th season of the series centered around Richards dealing with fragile family relationships - including with Kathy - while Umansky steadfastly supported her amid the tense time.
'I have always just been 100 percent supportive of her, no matter what she does,' Umansky told E! News in November.
Richards and Umansky issued a joint statement calling the divorce claims untrue, while not directly denying the claims they are separating
Richards and Umansky wed in January of 1996, two years after they crossed paths at a club
The famed couple was pictured after their 1994 nuptials with daughter Farrah Aldjufrie
The couple share daughters Alexia, 27, and Sophia, 23, and Portia, 15. Mauricio is also stepfather to Kyle's daughter Farrah Aldjufrie, 34, from her first marriage to Guraish Aldjufrie. Pictured in February 2020
The shocking split comes amid a TMZ report that Kyle has been 'dating country singer' Wade in the wake of their separation, and that they 'allegedly have matching heart tattoos'
Wade and Richards were seen working out with one another a few weeks ago
Kyle's fame preceded her spot on the Bravo series, as she's Kathy Hilton's sister and Paris Hilton's aunt. They were pictured in February of 2020
She added: 'If she wants to reconcile, I am all down for it. If she's not ready to reconcile and she needs to just keep it going for a little bit, I support her a thousand percent.'
The timing of the split comes about a year and a half after the duo celebrated a marital milestone with their 25th wedding anniversary.
'It means so much, and it's something that we're both incredibly proud of,' Richards told Bravo Insider in November of 2021. 'And for me, it's one of my biggest accomplishments. I mean, I think it's refreshing, in this town to be married 25 years is a really big deal. And we're really proud to be good role models to our daughters.'