Die-hard weight loss expert Dr. Eva Orsmond and her 27-year-old husband, Wyatt Orsmond, are set to get a divorce. The marriage fell apart irrevocably while watching the new series of Dr. Eva’s Great Escape for RTÉ television.
The couple, who have two adult sons, temporarily separated in 2016 before reconciling in 2018. Now the Finnish-born TV personality announces they will be parting ways for good, however friends and business partners will stay at the Solar Alvura Health Hotel in Portugal, which they have been refurbishing as part of the new series.
In the first episode, viewers will see Wyatt, an engineer from South Africa, appear upset while Dr. Eve is in tears. In one scene, she recalls the first time she walked into the hotel with her husband and told him, “I want it to be mine.”
But after the couple poured €3million into the project, she said she realized, “This is all I’ve ever wanted… and I actually think I’m the saddest woman in the world.”
Sitting in the sun outside the Dylan Hotel in Dublin, she talks about the decision to divorce: “It’s been a year-long effort. We tried going back, we thought this project would help.
“But when the kids are big and leave the house, you have more time to think and then you realize that you don’t actually enjoy the time together anymore and would rather do other things.”
Former medical adviser on Operation Transformation was, she says, “always dreamed of the hotel – and I got it”. But it came at a personal cost. Cracks began to appear due to the lack of common interests outside of work and a lack of spark.
“It would be nice to have that romantic side and have flowers and dinner. I figured we’d be sitting by the pool with a glass of champagne in the evening after working so hard all day. And then that happens and you actually realize that ‘it’ isn’t there.”
‘It’ means love? “I’ve been thinking about that too. Because if I said I didn’t love him, that would be wrong, because he’s been my life for 27 years. He is the father of my children, but is this love? I don’t think I love him the way a woman should love a man.
“If I’m being completely blunt, there has to be a situation where you can’t wait to turn off the light and get in the same bed and you really, really want to cuddle her. I don’t just mean sex – but also cuddling. Feeling like you can’t wait to put your arms around her.
“I don’t know if that feeling ultimately applies to everyone. But it’s definitely gone for me. I hope that I will meet someone else and that I will feel like I am on top of the world.
“I hope and wish – and I’m putting it out to the universe, like the law of attraction – that I will find amazing love and meet an amazing man. I just think I deserve this and I will get it. But of course these are things that cannot be bought. You can’t go to Brown Thomas and say, “Give me $1,000 worth of love.”
“You can be the poorest person in the world, but when you have love, you have everything. We just have one life.”
Eva and Wyatt have remained friends, which her sons have told her they are proud of. She says she’s in what she considers the best years of a woman’s life. “When the rush hours are over and the children are grown, you have a little more money in your pocket. Why would you spend that in a shallow relationship when the spark is gone?
“You want to feel like, ‘Well, I really want to go to the hairdresser and dress up. I want to go to a lingerie store and make sure I’m skinny and good looking. I really want that feeling. I’m telling you I’ll still get it. Maybe I’m looking too much, but at least I’ll give it a chance.”
Did Wyatt meet anyone else? “You need to talk to Wyatt about that. I don’t speak for him.” Wyatt could not be reached for comment.
The hotel is now open and has a “Marrakech” vibe, with a yoga tent and spa treatment rooms. dr Eva says it’s a place where people can “take a break” from the demands of life.
“I often felt like I wanted to take five days off and distance myself from family and take time for myself. I don’t know if I exhausted myself, maybe I expected too much from the relationship because I wasn’t taking care of myself and not giving myself those other things.
“Here we offer a place where people can relax, eat healthy, read books and make themselves number one.”
Dr Eva’s Great Escape airs Monday 8 August on RTÉ One
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