Let the drama begin!
Erika Jayne’s divorce from Tom Girardi is FINALLY discussed on season 11 of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
On Wednesday’s episode of RHOBH, some of the ladies received a text message from Erika. In the message, Erika informed the ladies that she had filed for divorce from Tom after 21 years of marriage.
Erika sent her text message to the group at 9:15 am PT. The news of Erika and Tom’s divorce hit TMZ at 9:34 am PT.
“Ladies, I truly consider you my close friends,” Erika’s text read. “And this is why I’m reaching out to tell you that I filed for divorce this morning.”
“Thank you for supporting me. This will be tough,” she added.
The Beverly Hills Housewives were shocked by the announcement with Dorit Kemsley saying, “Oh my God” aloud.
Dorit then jumped on a FaceTime call with Kyle Richards and Lisa Rinna to discuss the shocking text message from Erika.
One Housewife asked, “what is going on” while Dorit said: “Did you have any idea?” Both Lisa and Kyle admitted that they had no idea Erika was planning to divorce Tom.
“We were just in Tahoe [with her],” Kyle said. “And not one peep about anything.”
Lisa added, “Zero! Zero, zip, zilch, nothing.”
Dorit was stunned by the split; however, Lisa justified Erika not telling the ladies about her plans to leave Tom.
“It’s Erika,” Lisa said. “So whatever is going on, she had to do it like this. She couldn’t tell anybody.”
“It’s a long time to spend with someone to suddenly be done,” Kyle noted while Lisa and Dorit mutually agreed it was a “sad” situation.
On November 3, 2020, Erika shockingly filed for divorce from Tom, citing irreconcilable differences.
“This is not a step taken lightly or easily. I have great love and respect for Tom and for our years and the lives we built together,” Erika said in a statement at the time. “It is my absolute wish to proceed through this process with respect and with the privacy that both Tom and I deserved. I request others give us that privacy as well.”
A month later, their divorce took a strange turn in December 2020 when they were sued for fraud and embezzlement. The former couple is accused of swindling $2 million intended for families of victims of a 2018 plane crash.
The rest of season 11 of RHOBH will not shy away from Tom and Erika’s divorce, as well as the legal and financial scandals surrounding the former couple.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.
Thoughts on this all? Are you surprised Erika gave her co-stars a heads up about her divorce before it broke in the press? Sound off below!