As followers put together to dive again into Erika Jayne’s life on season 12 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she’s giving Us Weekly an unique replace on her standing with estranged husband Tom Girardi.
“I still am mourning that marriage,” the 50-year-old Bravo star informed Us. “I think that gets lost in the sensationalized version of it all. This was someone I was married to for over 20 years and was with, like, 23 [years]. It’s difficult. There are real moments of sadness, real moments of — like when the holidays came around, you know, for Christmas, I would just remember how much fun we would have. … But what are you going to do with that? These things happen in life. They happen to everyone; everyone’s mourning something.”
News broke in November 2020 that Erika filed for divorce from Tom, now 82. One month later, Us confirmed that the twosome have been named in a category motion lawsuit, accusing Tom’s former company of misusing funds supposed for aircraft crash victims. As their authorized woes continued, with further allegations of Girardi & Keese embezzling money, the previous lawyer was positioned underneath a conservatorship and moved right into a facility that makes a speciality of reminiscence care.
“I am front and center. I am the face of this instead of the lawyers that worked at the firm and referring attorneys and, you know, law funding people — instead they point to me,” Erika, who has maintained that she didn’t know something about her partner’s alleged wrongdoings, informed Us. “For my mental health, it’s been hard. No doubt. But again, I couldn’t lose and I was just going to fight it out every way possible and still am.”
Bravo viewers watched Erika try to navigate the divorce and controversy on season 11 of the present, and season 12 can be no totally different.
“[It’s] very hard, very difficult to be asked the same questions over and over [and] give the same answer, but yet no one’s really listening,” the Dancing With the Stars alum informed Us. “So yes, I get really frustrated and very explosive just, like, trying so hard to, you know, I wish that that would’ve been over, but it wasn’t because what would we be talking about?”
The Pretty Mess writer additionally revealed on season 11 that Tom referred to as her “every day” to say “I love you” and requested her if she was certain in regards to the break up. She informed Us that she hears from Tom from “time to time.”
“Of course [I take his calls],” she defined. “He’s not well, and so he’s in a state of decline and sometimes it’s good and sometimes [he thinks] I’m someone else. So it’s fine.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns to Bravo Wednesday, May 11, at 8 p.m. ET.