Although Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, has discussed her parents’ divorce in the past, In Touch magazine has obtained an exclusive look at the full story of the breakup that rocked their sleepy Oklahoma town. Ree’s mom, Genre, got a divorce after being married for 33 years and remarried the family pastor, Doug Schwert, who served as the rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in their hometown of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, until 1995.
From the start, Genre and Doug got along great. According to several persons who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject matter, Genre, a devout churchgoer, frequently ran with her future husband, who was then married to his wife of roughly 20 years, Janet, during her volunteer work. A member of the congregation recounted, “Gerre and Doug would go to numerous committees and meetings together.” That “same place” would be where they both ended up. The pieces came from different eras and were cobbled together.
A former churchgoer tells In Touch that the situation was inappropriate. “There was talk going on.” Twenty years after the incident, locals still avoid discussing it openly. It was a scandal, the worshipper chimes in. “Ree was crushed,” one insider told In Touch magazine. She pleaded with her parents to end their separation. They refrained due to the following reasons: Court records obtained by In Touch show that Gerre filed for divorce from Ree and her husband Ladd in October 1996, one month after the couple tied the knot. Genre cited “irreconcilable incompatibility” as the reason for the split.
Despite Gerre’s opinion, well-known local physician William argued, “The defendant wishes to continue to live in a loving and supportive marriage with the plaintiff.” William eventually gave up his opposition, and the couple divorced in 1997.
Even Doug had a divorce. A resident of the area claims, “His wife was really hurt by it.” A universal sentiment of pity was shared with her. Doug and Gerre tied the knot in 1999 and promptly abandoned their native Oklahoma. They’ve been separated from Ree, Ladd, and their kids for 12 hours now: Alex, 20, Paige, 18, Bryce, 15, and Todd, 13.
The families now get together “several times a year,” Doug told In Touch lately. William has remarried and is staying put in the same area. Read about Tammy Slaton, star of “1000 Pound Sisters,” and see before and after photos of her weight loss here. Yves, star of ’90 Day Fiance,’ is arraigned on domestic assault charges as Mohamed goes through with a divorce. In the midst of Kody’s turmoil, Janelle and Christine Brown of Sister Wives pack up their kids and fly to Hawaii.
There are some questions that are frequently asked.
Betsy on Pioneer Woman — who is she?
Ree Drummond, aka the Pioneer Woman, is 53 years old, and her sister Betsy, who looks exactly like her, is 47 years old. It’s no secret that Ree Drummond, 53, and her sister Betsy Smith, 47, have been planning a new project: they’re going to remodel a guest house in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Ree’s hometown.
Is there a split in the Pioneer Woman’s family?
Her orthopedic surgeon dad, William Dale Smith, and single mom, Gerre Schwert, raised her alone. Later in life, William Smith, nicknamed “Bill” to his friends, wed Patsy. Drummond’s family background is Episcopalian.
Who is the father of Caleb Drummond?
Caleb Drummond is the nephew of Ree’s sister Missy and her husband Tim. Caleb is a good kid who takes after his dad, according to a post-Ree made about him in 2014.
What does Paige Drummond do for a living?
The Pioneer Woman’s youngest daughter, Paige, is graduating from the University of Arkansas on Friday, and Ree Drummond remarked, “It seems like only yesterday that I sent her off to college.” Currently, Antonia DeBianchi may be found at PEOPLE in the role of Associate Editor, Food & Lifestyle.
Does Pioneer Woman’s Paige have a significant other?
The Couple of the Century: Paige Drummond and Her Adorable Boyfriend We’ve all seen how much Ree and Ladd Drummond love one other on The Pioneer Woman, and fans of the Drummonds have seen Alex and Mauricio’s relationship ignite. It appears, however, that a fresh love story is unfolding in the Drummond household.
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