She learned that her NFL player ex-husband Ralph Brown had flown the coop last year while filming Netflix's Selling Sunset.
Now, Amanza Smith has revealed she's 'positive' her ex is alive, though she has no idea where he's hiding out.
The 43-year-old reality star opened up about the strange circumstances behind Brown's disappearance of the podcast Not Skinny But Not Fat from Tuesday.
Lying low: Selling Sunset's Amanza Smith, 43, revealed Tuesday on the Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast that her ex-husband Ralph Brown is in hiding and doesn't want to be found; shown in 2016
Smith noted that things seemed to be going smoothly with Brown and their family prior to him leaving.
'He was a great father when he was around. He was a very loyal, hands-on, dedicated, interactive father,' she said of the professional athlete, who played for the Arizona Cardinals, the Cleveland Browns, the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants during his career.
'I know it sounds so crazy,' Smith added.
Smith said the last time she saw Brown in the flesh was on August 26, 2019.
Final communication: Smith last saw brown in August 2019, but she got an email in September 2019 saying he couldn't financially care for their children; Brown (L) shown in 2015
Complication: The email prevented Smith from filing a missing person's report, as Brown seemed to be saying his was fine; pictured in 2017 in NYC
However, her final communication with him to date was in an email he sent her her on September 1, 2019.
'He sent me an email, and he said, 'My situation isn't good right now. I can't financially take care of the children. It's not safe for them to be with me.
'You need to keep them until my situation changes,'' she recounted to host Amanda Hirsch.
The email prevented Smith from filing a missing person's report, as Brown seemed to be saying his was fine.
She got proof that the former pro athlete was still alive when she took the step of filing for full custody of her daughter Noah, 10, and son Braker, nine.
'I know he's alive because we've had to get an attorney and file court records, because I'm trying to get full custody.
'And at one point he submitted