Noella Bergener stepped into the spotlight when she joined the season 16 cast of the Real Housewives of Orange County but she never expected that her life and marriage would fall apart faster than a house of cards.
The RHOC newbie is opening up about her divorce from her estranged husband James Bergener. Noella claims that five months ago, James just up and left their family and never looked back. Eventually, James served her with divorce papers from Puerto Rico.
She now claims that he’s completely abandoned her and their 2-year-old autistic son. In a post on Instagram, Noella says that James hasn’t visited their son, paid child support, and continues to evade authorities in order to avoid paying his debts.
“To this date, James has not visited our son or giving me any explanation for his departure,” Noella claimed alongside a clip from a recent episode of RHOC.
“He has fled the state to evade service. My cards are still shut off, he hasn’t paid a dime in support, he stopped paying for our home and is currently holding up our divorce unless I sign a statement saying that I lied about him, his business partner, and his brand,” she continued.
She noted that it was “brutal” to relive the drama when the episode aired on Bravo.
“I spoke nothing but the truth and have all the receipts,” she wrote. “If anything I really protected my husband by not speaking about his issues but rather focused on my journey in this now divorce. He is the father of my child and want him to be well.”
As for why she decided to stay on the show and continue filming, Noella admits it was the only thing “getting [her] out of bed.”
“Thank you for your continued support and prayers for my family. I don’t wish to encourage James bashing with this post. Just providing insight to the hell I am still in,” she concluded.
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs on Wednesdays at 9 pm EST on Bravo.