Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney has undoubtedly endured one of the worst weeks of her life, with ex-husband Simon Barney alleging that she neglects their children. Now, Tamra is offering her explanation for why she thinks Simon is acting the way he is.

Tamra tells In Touch that Simon made these allegations in his custody filing because he wanted to hurt Tamra. "He knew the papers would be made public," Tamra says. "It’s sickening that he would do it this way, just to hurt me."

Tamra adds that she knows she's a "great mom," despite the fact that her 15-year-old daughter, Sidney, has recently called her out on Twitter. Tamra's oldest son, Ryan Vieth, has recently defended Tamra and accused Simon of verbal abuse.

Tamra continues by saying that her relationship with Sidney is slowly improving. Plus, Tamra has the support of her eight-year-old daughter, Sophia. "Sophia sees me crying and says, 'Mommy, don’t worry. Daddy is not taking me away,'" Tamra adds.

This situation sounds unbelievably tense and difficult. We keep hoping that Simon and Tamra can manage to be civil with each other for the sake of their three kids. Whether that can happen, remains to be seen.

How do you feel about Tamra's explanation?

Source: In Touch