The Truth About Lisa Vanderpump's Husband Ken Todd

Longtime fans of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and its devilishly addictive spin-off, Vanderpump Rules, will know Ken Todd is more than just another dull Househusband. Lisa Vanderpump's beloved is an icon — a quiet, diminutive, and always sharply-dressed man who bears more than a passing resemblance to Rod Stewart, who equally loves carrying tiny dogs and his wife's tiny purses, and who, despite that diminutive stature, once threatened a drunk DJ James Kennedy when he stepped over the line with Vanderpump. "I told you not to come here when you're drunk. You're drunk now. The way you're speaking to Lisa? I'm giving you one warning, if you ruin my business... I'll knock you spark out," Todd warned. Kennedy's response? That Todd "scares the s*** out of" him (via E! News).

Todd is so iconic, in fact, he's inspired his own T-shirt from popular Bravo recap podcast B***h Sesh, which brilliantly features the text "Can everybody see Ken?" The shirt references actor Jason Mantzoukas' appearance on the podcast, during which he worried aloud whether Todd was a real person or simply a ghost haunting the halls of Villa Rosa. But we all see Todd, and we want to know more about this enigmatic Englishman.

Ken Todd met Lisa Vanderpump through her brother

Ken Todd certainly knew what he wanted upon first spotting Lisa Vanderpump across the room. As the RHOBH alum revealed to ex-Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder on Straight Up with Stassi (via Bravo's The Daily Dish), she met the restaurateur through her late brother, who was working in a London nightclub at the time. As Vanderpump recalled, the day she first met Todd, she dropped her brother off at work, had dinner, came back to pick him up, and discovered there was a manager missing. Vanderpump gladly lent a hand only for Todd to stroll in the door.

He was 37 at the time, while she was only 21. Not to mention, "I was dating somebody else," Vanderpump admitted, but, "I just looked at him and there was an instant connection." Todd told her straight away he knew he was about to fall in love with her, but Vanderpump was soon off to America. When she returned, weeks later, however, she ran into Todd once again and, well, the rest is history.

Ken Todd and Lisa Vanderpump were an unlikely match

Ken Todd and Lisa Vanderpump's love story is swoon-worthy, as fans of their reality shows will already know. They've been married for decades and share two children, Pandora and adopted son Max. As Hello! noted, the duo got engaged after just six weeks of dating. "It was the strangest thing. He was wrong for me in every sense — 16 years older, playboy, in the nightclubs. But he asked me for my number and that was that," Vanderpump acknowledged.

However, after being married for so long, Vanderpump has looked back on their life together and noted, "Would I recommend that to young people now? Probably not. It was the strangest thing. He is older, but he has always met me halfway, has never put me down, always asks my opinions on things." Her secret to a successful marriage is that support, as the restaurateur and reality star has shared, "I have changed throughout the years and have become more confident — but I have always felt him beside me."

In an episode of the Straight Up with Stassi podcast in 2018, Vanderpump echoed those sentiments about her husband around the time of their 35th wedding anniversary, explaining what made their marriage work. "You know the greatest gift Ken Todd ever gave me? He was 16 years older than me and he met me halfway on everything. He never put me down, he never belittled me, he would take me to meetings and ask my opinion," she said (via Bravo's Daily Dish).

Lisa Vanderpump's husband, Ken Todd, worked hard for his luxurious lifestyle

They may make their love known to all, but Ken Todd himself remains something of a question mark. Bravo's Daily Dish reveals he was previously briefly married to Pamela Todd, with whom he had a son named Warren, who was born in 1966. "Warren is very much his [father's] son — ambitious, incredibly family oriented, and someone to be proud of," Vanderpump wrote in a 2011 Bravo blog post. Of his first marriage, Todd himself has said it simply "didn't last very long," and he had sole custody of Warren from the age of 2.

Notably, Todd's money didn't come easily, with Vanderpump sharing in her blog, "One of the many reasons that I fell in love with Ken was the kindness he exuded. We met when Warren was 15 and I was 21. As he explained he was married briefly for two years at 19, to a young wife who wasn't prepared for the challenging job of being a mother. So he then fought for custody of their only child. He worked many jobs laboring, night jobs, anything to provide for his son, and, with the help of his mother, he raised an educated, well-mannered young man. Life was hard at the beginning. But with sheer tenacity and some sort of innovative business sense, he created a life for his family (including his parents) that otherwise they wouldn't have had."

Vanderpump and Todd have had their fair share of success in the restaurant industry, opening more than 30 establishments over three decades (via Refinery29). Included in those, of course, are PUMP, SUR, and TomTom, which feature heavily on Bravo's Vanderpump Rules.

According to Lisa Vanderpump, Ken Todd mostly relaxed during their first American sojourn

The couple are a fixture on the Los Angeles restaurant scene and have been for quite some time now, but they didn't settle in the United States immediately. As London Evening Standard noted, Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd originally relocated in the '90s when she was still an aspiring actress. A four-year stint in the sun culminated with a high-profile role on Baywatch opposite David Hasselhoff, after which Vanderpump decided to dedicate herself to the couple's bulging business portfolio full time.

The couple moved back to the U.K. to raise Pandora and Max, away from what she termed the "Hollywood b-s." The 1994 earthquake helped make their decision even easier, shaking the couple awake at 4 a.m. Their home remained intact but three out of Todd's four L.A. pizza restaurants crumbled. However, Vanderpump made a point of noting her husband wasn't focused enough on the businesses at the time anyway, reportedly doing nothing apart from playing "polo and tennis," to justify staying put.

Ken Todd is actually more impulsive than Lisa Vanderpump

Longtime fans of both RHOBH and Vanderpump Rules will know Ken Todd as the stoic, supportive beta to Lisa Vanderpump's proud alpha, stepping in only when his wife absolutely needs his assistance (hence why "Goodbye Kyle!" became such a phenomenon — had Todd ever even raised his voice on the show before that explosive moment?). But in reality, she argues that her hubby is actually the more spontaneous of the two of them.

In a joint interview with London Evening Standard, Todd described how his lady was, "like a breath of fresh air coming into my life," with Vanderpump confirming, "We complement each other." The restaurateur and reality star explained when it comes to business, however, "He's the impulsive one, I'm more conservative." And, in spite of running dozens of restaurants, "he's always looking for a new venture." Todd confirmed they work well together because they have similar tastes and ideas. And, at the end of the day, they're "not only lovers, but friends as well."

Lisa Vanderpump waited on Ken Todd hand and foot after his surgeries

In April 2015, Ken Todd underwent hip replacement surgery, and Lisa Vanderpump rallied to support him any way she could. In response to a happy customer dining at PUMP, Vanderpump tweeted, "Oh sorry I can't be there! I am at home cooking for my husband, still on crutches and in pain." She also noted of her social media absence, "Will be off Twitter for a couple of days, concentrating on my darling husband." The Vanderpump Rules star later provided an Instagram update for fans, sharing a photo of Todd smiling, on crutches, in their yard and advising, "He is almost back."

Then, in June 2020, Vanderpump played nurse again after her beloved hubby had back surgery. "Ha he is back after a few days on OxyContin and a dedicated nurse... oh and the gigster of course," she wrote alongside a video of Todd, referring to their beloved dog Giggy, who's attended many red carpets (always looking very dapper in one of his suits) alongside the couple. "Hello! You're back. What's your name?" she quips in the clip, to which a confused Todd responds, "Are you talking to me?" before deadpanning that he can't remember.

Ken Todd is glad to be done with RHOBH but wouldn't rule out a return to reality TV

Watching his wife go through massive arguments during her tenure on RHOBH couldn't have been easy for Ken Todd, hence why he was so relieved when she quit the show during Season 9. At BravoCon 2019, Todd described his wife as a "different person" now "she's got eight b****es off her back" (via Too Fab). As for whether their time on the hit show has put them off returning to reality TV, it seems the couple would be open to a show in the future, although Lisa Vanderpump advised that it "wouldn't necessarily have to be on Bravo."

They'd love to bring more awareness to their dog rescue center, Vanderpump Dogs, and, if a reality show was the way to do it, the adorable couple would certainly be up for it. "I'd love to do it if it was available. They wouldn't even have to pay me!" Todd enthused. When asked, once again, what the secret to their lengthy relationship is, the restaurateur quipped, "I just do what I'm told." As for his favorite qualities in Vanderpump, Todd opined he loves how "happy" and "honest" she is.