The Real Housewives of Cheshire’s Rachel Lugo rants about ‘toxic’ relationship following split from boyfriend

Her latest break-up comes shortly after her 24-year marriage broke down

RHOC Rachel Lugo

by Chanel Georgina |
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TV star Rachel Lugo has had her heart broken once again – and the public are in the know.

Rachel really isn’t having the best of times when it comes to romance, and she’s taken to Instagram to rant, let loose and inspire others to be resilient.

“A strong woman will always walk away and never look back because she knows her self worth,” she begins.

“It was nearly a year before I felt strong enough to try dating after 24 years of marriage ended.

“I joked with my friends who ever I dated had to come recommended so I didn’t end up with a nutter. Well, how wrong was I 🤦‍♀‍.”


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Rachel and John Lugo
Rachel with her ex-husband John Lugo ©Getty


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It was during filming of The Real Housewives Of Cheshire when Rachel aired her suspicions about John’s behaviour.

First, it came to light that he had been attending yoga sessions – taught by then RHOC newbie Perla Navia (who is now having her own marital problems) – behind her back.

Check out: The Real Housewives of Cheshire - their best outfits and where to buy them

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Real Housewives of Cheshire outfits

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Rachel Lugo's red dress

This red long sleeve backless fishtail dress is GORGEOUS and the perfect outfit to wear for any formal events you're planning on attending.

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Rachel Lugo's metallic mini

As Rachel continues to live her best life, we're living for her stunning outfits. This metallic pink mini dress is a LOOK and while it's not on Phillip Armstrong's website we've found a similar look for less than £100 on House of CB.

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Lystra's pink mini dress

Nobody can accuse Lystra Adams of not dressing to the nines on a night out, and considering she runs her own chain of restaurants and bars, it's fair to say she has a lot of them. This dupe from SHIEN is a steal at under £13.

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Nicole's green satin number

Nicole is big on supporting her friend and co-star Seema Malhotra's fashion brand Forever Unique, and this satin khaki number strikes just the right balance between sexy and sleek.

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Lystra's acid green gown

Another absolute knockout from Lystra, this time she's supporting local businesses with this unusual green gown from Liverpool boutique Fairytale Endings. It costs a pretty penny, but we found this dupe from PLT.

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Debbie's pink dress

Since joining the cast in 2021 Debbie's been (rightly!) very proud of her two and half stone weight loss and donned this girly pink number to show off her new figure. We found a dead ringer at highstreet favourite Coast - and it's on sale.

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Seema's autumn get up

Never one to shy away from self promotion, Seema's loves to wear looks from her own brand Forever Unique and this cute combo is a winner for us - particularly that fluffy coat!

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Lauren's leather body con

Lauren is one of the longest-reigning 'Wives on the show and has made a body con mini dress her statement look. This cream leather number is from Karen Millen, but we predict it'll sell out soon!

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Lauren's khaki green midi

Give Lauren's asymmetric khaki green dress a daytime twist with this floaty number from Silk Fred.

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Seema's leopard trouser suit

Another knock-it-out-the-park look from Forever Unique, you can bag your own chic trouser suit at Seema's online boutique, or just opt for one or the other of the trousers and shirt - they're both a steal at under £40!

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Nicole's floral autumn maxi

Florals? For Autumn? Now that really is inspired. Nicole picked up this transitional maxi from high street favourite, Autograph M&S (yes, really).

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Hanna's golden gown

Hanna would look glam in a bin bag but she's literally glowing in the gold dress she wore to debut her second pregnancy in a magazine shoot. Hanna's dress is from an appointment only high end boutique called Cinders Party Dresses, but we've found this dupe from Boohoo.

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Sheena's comfy co-ord

We knew we loved Sheena the minute she arrived on our screens in 2021, with her down to earth attitude and laid back casual wear. We can definitely see ourselves rocking this pink knitted co-ord from QUIZ Clothing over winter.

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Sheena's monochrome jacket

And she does glam too! This incredible beaded blazer dress is by Liverpool based vintage boutique Hush Luxe so you won't find it on the shelves there, but this dupe from SHEIN is almost as good (and it comes in a lush dark green - perfect for Christmas).

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Sheena's leopard-print jumpsuit

It's safe to say that streetwear doesn't get much of a look in in well-to-do-Cheshire so this leopard print jumpsuit from Adidas stands out for all the right reasons. Buy the exact one at ASOS.

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Tanya's leopard mini

It's fair to say that RHOC women are BIG fans of a classic leopard print. This silky cross over mini is by Tanya's boutique My Glam Style.

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Hanna's pink gown

For the launch of her book, Brains are the New Tits in 2021, Hanna donned this one shoulder hot pink gown, but would you believe it's actually from Boohoo? It looks as though the actual dress is no longer in stock, but we love this long sleeved version just as much.

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Tanya's sparkly coat dress

Another get up from Tanya's own brand My Glam Style, this works for evening á la Tan herself, or you could toughen up with skinnies and boots for day time. Tanya's actual version is sold out, be we love this Chanel-esque dupe from SHIEN.

Then it was exposed that John had an affair with an unknown woman.

After trying to make amends with her cheating hubby, Rachel petitioned for a divorce.

And now, it seems, her most recent lover has upset her all over again.

“My message to you all... don’t ignore the red flags, don’t trust too easily or quickly, and protect your heart and kick their cheating ass to the curb!” she told her fans.

The Real Housewives of Cheshires airs on Mondays at 10pm on ITVBe.

This article first appeared on Closer on 29 November 2019.

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