As much as I detest Camille Grammer on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, hearing the story of how she knew her marriage to husband Kelsey was over really tore at me. Kelsey was based in New York to do La Cage aux Folles on Broadway, while Camille and the kids were back home in Malibu. When she came out to New York to attend the Tonys with her husband, Kelsey told Camille that he wanted to split up because he’d met someone new. However, he though that they should attend the awards together as a couple and she should stay at a hotel instead of his apartment. She went through with it.

No one – even if they’re as terrible as Camille – deserves that kind of treatment. But I have known other, normal couples who go through the motions a little bit longer even when they have acknowledged their relationship is over. It might have to do with keeping a united front for the kids or needing to be together for work reasons. There have long been rumors that Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt had actually split before her Oscar win, but that she asked him to stick around through the ceremony since she didn’t want to have to walk the red carpet alone.

Have you ever “kept up appearances” in a similar fashion? If so, what was the reasoning behind it?