Ramona Singer Was 'Protecting' Husband Mario Amidst Cheating Rumors

PHOTO: Ramona Singer and Mario Singer in New York, Oct. 21, 2013.Bryan Bedder/Getty Images
Ramona Singer and Mario Singer in New York, Oct. 21, 2013.

"Real Housewives of New York" star Ramona Singer is going through a rough time.

According to People magazine, Singer and her husband of 22 years, Mario, are having marital troubles.

"Ramona has been protecting him," her former co-star Jill Zarin told the magazine. "She looked the other way when people told her he was cheating."

A source also told the magazine that Ramona caught Mario with a new girlfriend at the couple's Hamptons home, but "does not want a divorce." (A rep for the couple had no comment, and neither Ramona nor Mario have commented on the cheating allegation.)

However, Ramona did tweet a message of gratitude to her fans.

"Thank you all for the love & support! For my daughter's sake, I would appreciate everyone respecting our privacy during this difficult time," she wrote.

Then, a few hours later, she added, "Look for something positive about today. Even if you have to look a little harder than usual, it still exists. ~ Anonymous"

Zarin added that Mario's behavior lately has been volatile. In December, she said, he loudly confronted her at an event.

""He screamed at me," she said. "And he was mad at me for admitting that he flirted with all the Housewives."