Brittany Cartwright Said Jax Taylor Was 'Sucking the Life Out of Me' but He Thought She’d 'Never Leave' Before Split

"I'm starting to realize all the little things that I have put up with," the mom of 3-year-old Cruz said of her husband on the May 21 episode of 'The Valley'

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'The Valley' stars Brittany Cartwright and Jax Taylor

The cracks in Brittany Cartwright and Jax Taylor’s marriage started showing in a major way on the May 21 episode of The Valley.

Still in Big Bear Lake, Calif. for Janet Caperna’s babymoon, Jax, 44, gave Brittany, 35, a hard time about getting sick after her boat ride with the ladies.

“Brittany, you are the only one throwing up out of all the women. You cannot do this,” Jax said to Brittany.

The mom of 3-year-old Cruz insisted “I was not drunk” and she “can’t help it if I’m sick.”

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“You’re always sick, you’re always drinking,” Jax said to Brittany. “I’m not going to support you when you’re drinking and get drunk. Everybody else is normal, why can’t you be?”

In a confessional interview, Jax said he was “at my wits' end” with Brittany’s drinking.

“I have been dealing for this with nine years,” he said. “I thought things would slow down after Cruz was born, but I think she’s having a tough time battling between being fun Brittany and being a mom.”

Brittany kicked Jax out of their bedroom, and later, he proceeded to ask the rest of the group about how much his wife had to drink on the boat ride. Nia Booko and Jasmine Goode both told him, “Zero.”

<p>Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal/Getty</p> Brittany Cartwright and Jax Taylor on 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen'.

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Brittany Cartwright and Jax Taylor on 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen'.

“Jax, I can f---ing here you,” the Kentucky native said after overhearing him. “Everybody here has my back and you’re my f---ing husband and you’re trying to make me look like I’m a bad person. You think I want to be in here not feeling good? F--- you! F--- you! I’m your wife and you’re trying to make me look bad in front of all these people.”

The women went into Jax and Brittany’s bedroom to comfort her, and she told them Jax “always puts me down” and questioned how much he had to drink that day.

"I drank two bottles of tequila but do you see me acting crazy?” Jax replied.

Janet, 34, suggested to Jax that he and Brittany go to therapy, and Brittany seemed to realize that that might be a good idea.

“I feel like Jax is like sucking the life out of me and sucking away all my sparkle,” theVanderpump Rules alum said in a confessional. “How much more of this can I possibly take? I'm starting to realize all the little things that I have put up with for all nine years of my life.”

The next morning, Jax apologized to Brittany, but also suggested, “Maybe we should just cut down a little bit on the drinking."

“I think Jax just doesn't appreciate me as much anymore because he doesn’t think that I will ever leave him and he knows that I’m so quick to forgive always,” Brittany told the cameras. “We'll fight and 30 minutes later, he thinks everything's fine. He doesn't realize the emotional damage that it does to me.”

<p>Gabe Ginsberg/Getty</p> Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright with their son Cruz at the debut of Fantasy Lab Las Vegas's Midnight Dreams immersive experience in June 2023

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Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright with their son Cruz at the debut of Fantasy Lab Las Vegas's Midnight Dreams immersive experience in June 2023

The guys did a boat trip of their own and lamented about their marital issues after Jesse Lally said earlier in the weekend that he thought him and wife Michelle were “done.”

“We’re going through a lot right now because we have multiple businesses that are going on, we have a child, we’re going to drive each other crazy, that’s just normal,” Jax said. “Do I tend to get a little aggressive at times? Yeah, of course. It’s just me, who I am. But I reel it in. I’m very aware of what I’m doing. I’m very aware of how I deliver things.”

Danny Booko reiterated the idea that Jax and Brittany should try therapy, but Jesse, 43, thought Jax should be asked him for advice since “I’m literally in the middle of exactly” what he and Brittany had been going through.

Jax didn’t understand why he would do that when “your marriage is on the fence, too,” he said to Jesse.

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Jason Caperna quickly pointed out that Jax included himself in the group of people whose marriages were facing hard times.

"I shouldn't have said my marriage is on the fence,” Jax said. “My marriage is far from on the fence, my wife and I love each other to death and we don't believe in divorce. We don't. We work through it. And we don't believe in separation, we don't believe in any of that, my wife's going to have to bury me in the f---ing backyard. I will never go anywhere, she will never leave. We're going through a little bit of a hiccup right now."

Jax and Brittany, as well as the Lallys, both announced their separations ahead of The Valley season 1's premiere, with Brittany moving out of the house she shared with Jax and their son.

“He didn't want me to leave in the beginning at all,” Brittany told PEOPLE. “Now, he is more understanding. But in the very beginning, I think he thought I was just going to be gone for a couple of days and I was going to come right back and everything was going to be completely normal. But that's not been the case.”

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