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'RHONY' Star Alex McCord's Husband Simon van Kempen Graduates Law School, Eight Years After Leaving Show

By Ryan Naumann

Former “Real Housewives of New York” star Alex McCord’s husband Simon van Kempen has graduated law school.

Alex posted video of Simon during his graduation ceremony. She wrote “Breaking news! Simon van Kempen just graduated from law school!!!!!!!!”

Simon posted about the accomplishment, “After 4.5 years of full time study doing first an Associate Degree in Law, so I could practice as a Licensed Conveyancer, and then,yesterday, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws, I can get back on the treadmill! While studying has been bloody hard, coinciding with starting a new office of my brother's law firm, parenting two teenage boys, and of course being Alex's partner in life, I have to thank Alex, Francois & Johan for putting up with with me dealing with everything law school throws at you. Every assignment due date and exam period, during each semester has seen my stress levels balloon and I would not have walked the graduating line yesterday but for my boys and above all Alex's support.”

He added, “Of course Alex has also had her own stressful full time studies since we arrived in Australia completing her Psychology degree (with 1st class honours) and then, yesterday, submitting her final paper for her Masters degree. I wish I now could take a break from studying but tomorrow I fly to Sydney to commence the next stage of my law studies, which in Australia entails completing a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) which is required to practice as a solicitor. I aim to complete that by early July 2020 and then that treadmill beckons as I strive to fit back into my red pleather pants! ;-)”


Alex starred on “RHONY” from season one until season four. Her marriage to Simon was a major focus on the reality show.

The two decided they were done with New York in 2014. They moved with their two sons, Francois and Johan, to New South Wales, Australia. Simon has family that lives in the area.

Alex has been quoted about the move, "Simon decided to go to law school, and he's halfway through at this point. And I decided to get a degree in psychology.” She would reportedly graduate summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Alex wrote about Simon graduating, “And @simonvankempen just this moment graduated from law school!! So very, very proud!”

The two recently celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary. Alex shared a snap of the two captioned, “Happy 19th (with 20 years together) to my very best friend Simon. No one I would rather ride with on this train of life!”

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