RHOC's Tamra Judge Tears Up Talking About Ex-Husband Simon Barney: 'He's an Amazing Dad'

Dave Quinn

Tamra Judge still has a lot of love for her ex Simon Barney, despite their tumultuous divorce.

On Sunday, the Real Housewives of Orange County star appeared on a BravoCon panel alongside castmates Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, Kelly Dodd, and Braunwyn Windham-Burke, during which she revealed that she and Barney are in a good place these days.

Barney filed for divorce from Judge in January 2010 after nearly 12 years of marriage in a split that sparked an ugly custody battle.

But these days, the two have found peace in co-parenting their three kids together: Sidney, 20, Spencer, 19, and Sophia, 13 (Judge also has a son, 33-year-old Ryan Vielth, from a previous marriage).

“He’s an amazing dad,” Judge said of Barney at BravoCon, tearing up.

“You know, you go through these breakups, and we remain on the show. And they keep doing these flashbacks, and our exes get all this s—,” Judge added. “It’s hard for them.”

As hard as going through her divorce on television was, Judge said that doing it in the public eye was actually beneficial in the end.

“The show helped me find my independence,” she insisted.

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Simon Barney and Tamra Judge in 2008 | Katy Winn/Getty
Simon Barney and Tamra Judge with daughter Sophia | Tamra Judge/Instagram

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Back in June, Judge and Barney reunited to send their daughter Sophia off to her eighth-grade dance — posing together in a collection of photos shared on Judge’s Instagram.

“8th grade dance…,” the reality star captioned the post

“We are so proud of you Sophia,” Judge added in an Instagram Story, alongside a red heart emoji. “Mom & Dad.”

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BravoCon is running through Sunday across three venues in the Big Apple: The Manhattan Center (311 W 34th St), Skylight Modern (537 W 27th St) and Union West (535 W 28th St).

A total of 88 Bravolebrities are said to be in attendance total. More than 50 live events are on the docket, including performances, insider panels, podcasts, dining experiences, photo opportunities and a Bravo bazaar marketplace. (A full breakdown of events is available at BravoCon2019.com.)

For those wanting a trip down memory lane, there will be a Real Housewives museum with more than a decade’s worth of behind-the-scenes photos, reunion dresses and show memorabilia.

The weekend will close out with a live performance of Luann de Lesseps‘ hit Countess and Friends cabaret show on Sunday.