01/29/2014 AT 12:20 PM ET
“Ramona has been protecting him,” former Housewife Jill Zarin tells PEOPLE. “She looked the other way when people told her he was cheating.”
The current state of the couple’s marriage is unclear, but it seems the couple is facing serious problems. Ramona reportedly caught Mario with his girlfriend at the couple’s Hamptons home just this past weekend. “She saw him there with the girlfriend and made a big scene and called the police,” says the source. Still, “She did not want a divorce. Ramona loves her life. She loves Mario.”
Ramona – who returns to Bravo for season 6 of Housewives on March 11 (9 p.m. ET) – will not confirm or deny reports that she and her husband have separated.
“This is a personal and private matter for our family,” she tells PEOPLE in a statement. “For my daughter Avery’s sake, I would appreciate everyone respecting our privacy during this difficult time.” Calls to Mario were not returned by press time.