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'Real Housewives' countess separates from count

The Countess is Count-less.

Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, one of the society ladies on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York," has separated from Count de Lesseps after16 years of marriage. Her husband is a Frenchman whose ancestor presented the Statue of Liberty to the United States.

The reality star's publicist, Elizabeth Rosenthal, issued a statement Tuesday saying the couple "plan to remain friends and their primary focus will beto do what is best for their two children." Rosenthal declined to comment on reports the breakup came after the former model learned The Count, Alexde Lesseps, was having a relationship with another woman.

But the Countess will keep her title, says Rosenthal. Her etiquette book, "Class With the Countess," arrives April 16.

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