Shahs of Sunset season 9 is only two episodes deep and we’re already in the middle of a sexting scandal. Even juicier, the whole group is involved. Mike Shouhed’s girlfriend, Paulina Ben-Cohen, sent screenshots of an obscene text conversation between him and another woman in what appeared to be an effort to expose him. Shouhed denied the allegations on camera that he was the one who sent the text messages, and has now shared more than his side of the story.
In these last two episodes of Shahs of Sunset, Mike Shouhed has emphatically doubled down on his claim that his phone was hacked and that the text messages to another woman are not from him. In fact, he was so adamant that he sparked arguments with his girlfriend Paulina Ben-Cohen and the rest of his group of friends. Apparently, however, he was lying the entire time.
He finally acknowledged the allegations of sexting and gave his reasons why it happened in the first place to E! News: It was a dark time. We were going through COVID, being locked up, and I let the anxiety of going through it and being bored allow me to do things that I shouldn’t have done. Looking back, I feel really stupid for allowing myself to participate in that conversation, even though those text messages were for a few hours and one day those messages happened, reliving it now feels like … like it’s been happening for a while. long period of time. hour. It just hurt her, it hurt me, it was a learning experience and I realize I shouldn’t do that. I’m glad I got over it and that we are in a much better place now.
Unfortunately for Mike Shouhed, his admission of guilt regarding the sexting allegations only leads to more questions. For starters, he seems suspicious of not just him but Paulina Ben-Cohen as to why they would mostly behave like it wasn’t true on the show, when she posted the screenshots in the first place. Also, does the scandal somehow occur in the first episode of Shahs of Sunset Season 9? That’s a serendipitous moment for Ben-Cohen to suddenly start to have a stronger story on the show.
Regardless, Mike Shouhed and Paulina Ben-Cohen are still together to this day, despite the sexual messages. Shouhed supposedly had to work a bit to repair their relationship. He said, I’m telling you, oddly enough, we’re more in love than we’ve ever been. I humbled myself, begged, apologized, and realized that what I have with Paulina means more to me than any amount of encouragement I could have gotten from a conversation that I shouldn’t have had.
The preview for the next episode of Shahs of Sunset hinted at Paulina Ben-Cohen’s appearance at her birthday celebration in Palm Springs and is titled “The Truth Will Send You A Message For Free.” We’ll see if Mike Shouhed will continue to double down throughout the season on the sexting allegations, now that we all know the truth. I go I go … Tune in more Shahs of Sunset on Sundays at Bravo.