Life behind the Orange County gates isn’t always what it seems!
Noella Bergener reveals that she continues to struggle after her estranged husband, James Bergener, took away her access to their money. Real Housewives of Orange County fans will continue to witness Noella’s legal battle unfold during season 16.
“Everything’s exactly the same. He cut off my credit cards [and they] have not been turned back on. I have access to one singular credit card,” Noella, 36, told Us Weekly on Tuesday, January 4. “It’s a number that’s through Instacart at Amazon. We’re just buying everything we can through Amazon, like stocking up on, like, a year’s worth of diapers.”
She notes that she and James have had no conversations about the next steps of their divorce. She adds that he could shut off her access to her only credit card at any time.
“He could shut it off at any moment. Then I literally would have to look at some serious options. There’s been no changes in the finances. He’s not paid rent,” she continued. “We’re currently squatting in our 10,000 square foot mansion, which is very eerie.”
Noella added that it’s been hard to adjust to her new normal.
“I hate this. I’ve never gone my life without paying a bill. So to feel like I’m just constantly apologizing to our property manager — and they have been so amazing and very understanding. But I understand we have an obligation and that he’s run from them is icky.”
The RHOC newbie is hopeful that a divorce settlement will allow her to be “in control” of her finances once again however she admitted that she is “not scared to work.”
“I’m ready to provide for my family, and I don’t wanna ever be in this position ever again where I’m financially relying on any man. I learned a lot.”
As for James, he tells Us Weekly, “Specifically, as to the ‘mansion,’ this should come as no surprise to Noella, as it was only leased for the filming of the RHOC and leased through November 2021. I met all my legal obligations through the end of the lease.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs on Wednesdays at 9 pm EST on Bravo.