Back in January, former "The Real Housewives of Orange County" star Meghan King alleged on her "Intimate Knowledge" podcast that her estranged husband, retired baseball star Jim Edmonds, was dating former Playboy model Kortnie O'Connor, a woman she said they'd once invited into their marital bedroom before their fall 2019 split.
Meghan also implied Jim had been unfaithful with Kortnie, which led him to hit back and allege that Meghan was the one who carried on with other women outside their marriage. In April, Jim confirmed that he and Kortnie were indeed dating and his rep further confirmed that they were also quarantining together at his St. Louis home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, after months of back-and-forth drama with Meghan over their breakup, the validity of their prenup and other issues, Jim has publicly made a bold declaration praising the new woman in his life while simultaneously taking some thinly veiled digs at Meghan.
"If it wasn't for this girl, I don't think I would be here right now," Jim began a lengthy June 23 Instagram post featuring a slideshow of photos of Kortnie. "She showed up in my life just at the right time. Amazing that her taking a chance on a plus one weekend to Mexico pulled me out of my hole and changed my life forever."
When she joined him for a friend's birthday party in Cabo San Lucas in January, he explained, "I was in such a dark place; one that I didn't think could happen to me. I was going through hell ending a loveless and abusive relationship." Though Jim didn't name Meghan, it's clear he's referring to their five-year marriage, which ended last year following a sexting scandal.
"The lies and accusations that followed the breakup only put me deeper into a funk," Jim added. "Along came this beautiful woman by chance, who lit up my world and brought me back to life. I'm very grateful for my amazing friends, children and this amazing woman for making me a better person and father."
While Jim has moved on with Kortnie in recent months, Meghan has publicly moved on with "Life Uncharted" podcast host and entrepreneur Christian Schauf, who's started making appearances on her Instagram feed. In May, she confirmed that they're dating and in June wrote on her blog that she's "up to my eyeballs in happiness."