Scheana Marie Shay got married and divorced to ex-husband Mike Shay on Vanderpump Rules. This season, she’s dating a new man, boyfriend Robert Valleta, who she briefly talked about on last season’s reunion show. Since season 6 was filmed, the couple’s relationship ended, but it looks like the couple is still dating. Just a few days ago, Shay posted a photo with Valleta at the Vanderpump Rules season 6 premiere party. This season on the show, Lisa Vanderpump and Kristen Doute appear to be skeptical of Shay’s new relationship. Shay’s friend Ariana Madix weighed in on the relationship to Us Weekly, saying that, “I had similar concerns in the beginning, when she and Rob [Valletta] first started seeing each other after the holidays. But because I talk to Scheana so often, I really got to hear from her, her process, her mental state and what was really going on with her in her head. She also felt like, “Man, this is really quick, but I really like this person. And I don’t see why I would push someone away” — he’s actually known Rob for like 12 years — it’s not like they just met. So in her mind, she’s thinking, “Why would I push someone away who I already know pretty well as a friend and I really like? Why not just enjoy this time and try to get back to a happy place?” And she did get back to a happy place.”
As for the current status of Shay’s relationship with Valleta, she told E! News that, “We’ve been friends and in each other’s lives for almost 12 years now, so that’s not going to change anytime soon. Just where we’re both at in our lives, in our living situations, a relationship is a little too much pressure on both ends … He’s not seeing anyone when he’s not with me … Honestly, it’s so confusing. I don’t know.” The couple got together in February 2017 and reportedly broke up in October 2017. But, what was the real reason behind the split? According to Shay, “It was just a lot of things going on in both of our personal lives and we’re kind of in different directions right now. But we have every intention of coming back together and it working out in the future. Just right now we both kind of need to do our own thing and still stay supportive in each other’s lives.”
On Vanderpump Rules this season, promo videos make it look like cast member Lala Kent is telling Shay that Valleta “made out with” her friend. Could cheating have played a part in the couple’s split? Whatever the case, the two are clearly on good terms and dating.
When reflecting on her former relationship with ex-husband Mike, Shay said there were warning signs about his addiction. She revealed to Bravo that, “I was definitely naive about a lot of things. There were a lot of signs that I ignored — things with his addiction and things I was very uneducated on. So I’m now a lot more educated on addiction. I know things to look for and I think that is one of the biggest things that I got out of it.” Shay said she also has no regrets about putting herself “out there,” especially when it comes to her marital troubles.