Kristen Doute, who has been dating photographer Brian Carter for the past few seasons of Vanderpump Rules, confirmed on Part Two of the VPR reunion special that she was no longer dating him and, in fact, was quarantined with a new man.
Kristen Doute is dating house flipper, Alex Menache.
The couple definitely started seeing each other casually before things got serious. Kristen spoke to Us Weekly in January 2020 about not having a label on her romance with Alex at the time.
“That’s the scary part about dating,” she admitted. “Like, at what point are you just having fun and sleeping together and then you’re going out on dates. Then you’re kind of sleeping together on the reg and then you’re only kind of dating each other, but you don’t want to. So, at what point do you just go, ‘Oh, s–t?’”
She also noted that she didn’t have a boyfriend at the time (even though she was seeing Alex), adding, “I’m still open to anyone and everyone.”
Kristen met Alex through fellow 'VPR' castmate Tom Schwartz.
According to Us Weekly, Kristen told Us exclusively that Alex Menache is one of Tom’s “best friends.” It seems that others from the Vanderpump gang approve of Alex.
Former Bravo co-stars, including Ariana Madix, Lala Kent, and Scheana Shay have commented on Instagram posts of Kristen’s with supportive messages for the couple.
"This makes my heart so happy!" Scheana wrote on one photo, "You deserve all the happiness in the world my love. You have such a big heart and always give and put others first! It’s YOUR turn to be happy!!!! @menache2society...all the feels."
Kristen says she’s doing things differently this time with Alex.
It’s safe to say that Kristen’s track record with relationships is not glowing, but that doesn’t mean she’s not ready to try again and do things differently. She also mentioned that he has been super supportive of her tell-all book, He's Making You Crazy: How to Get the Guy, Get Even, and Get Over It.
“He and I started hanging out toward the end of [writing] the book. So he is actually in a few of the chapters. He is very, very aware of every single thing in this book and I thought that was really important going into this relationship because I hold this relationship so sacred.”
She continued, “I really took my time with Alex and I really had to just lay it all out there and say this is who I am. This is what I’ve been through. You have a choice to make and either way it’s cool," the Vanderpump Rules cast member told Us Weekly, adding that it's “refreshing” that he's so aware of her romantic past.