'Survivor's' Whitney Duncan (almost) divorced

In late May, Whitney Duncan, who is an up-and-coming country singer in Nashville, left to compete on "Survivor: South Pacific."

Story highlights

  • A circuit court judge in Centerville, Tennessee, heard divorce proceedings
  • Donny Fallgatter and Whitney Duncan's divorce was heard and granted on November 8
  • While on the "Survivor," she began a relationship with fellow cast member Keith Tollefson
"Survivor" contestant Whitney Duncan's recently revealed secret marriage to musician Donny Fallgatter is almost over after 15 months.
A circuit court judge in Centerville, Tennessee, heard divorce proceedings on November 8 but awaits the final paperwork before the divorce is official.
Duncan and Fallgatter -- who quietly tied the knot on August 1, 2010, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, after less than two months of courtship -- lived and traveled together, but did not tell family and friends they were in fact husband and wife, revealing only that they were engaged.
In late May, Duncan, who is an up-and-coming country singer in Nashville, left to compete on "Survivor: South Pacific."
While on the show, she began a relationship with fellow cast member Keith Tollefson. She later confessed to Fallgatter that she had fallen for Tollefson in a phone call she made once the entire "Survivor" cast was done filming.
"He said she sounded weird, like something was up, and not like she was looking forward to seeing him," a source close to the former couple tells PEOPLE.
Fallgatter's suspicions were confirmed in a subsequent call. According to the friend, "Donny sent me a text that said, 'Whitney got into a 'Survivor' relationship.' "
Fallgatter went home to Bismarck, North Dakota, while Duncan moved her things out of the home they shared, which she Tweeted about on August 20: "Moving furniture all day..sweeet. I'm gonna be really happy when I get a home one day and never have to move again."
According to a clerk in the Chancery Court office, Fallgatter and Duncan's divorce was heard and granted on November 8, but until the signed papers are returned from the judge who heard the case, the divorce will not be entered into Hickman County records.
Once that's done, Duncan will officially be the single woman she has portrayed herself to be on TV.