This Beloved "Real Housewives" Couple Is Splitting Up After 21 Years
Erika and Tom Girardi are going their separate ways after over two decades together.
One of your favorite Real Housewives pairs is calling it quits after 21 years of marriage. According to E! Online, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Erika Girardi, better known as her stage name Erika Jayne, filed for divorce from husband Tom Girardi on Nov. 3. "After much consideration, I have decided to end my marriage to Tom Girardi," the RHOBH star said in a statement E! "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. 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." Read on for more on the split, and for gossip on another former couple, check out Matthew McConaughey Has Some Thoughts on "The Heat" Between Brad and Jen.
The RHOBH star met her high-profile attorney husband while working at Chasen's restaurant in West Hollywood in the '90s. She slipped him her number, and the rest is history. After living together for just six months, Girardi proposed. The couple got married in 1999 with only two witnesses present. Now at the ages of 49 and 81, their marriage is coming to an end.
To make matters more complicated, the couple doesn't have a prenup in place. According to Us Weekly, Girardi told Bravo personality Andy Cohen on Then & Now in 2018 that she didn't sign a prenup. "But let me tell you something, let me be very clear. I’m married to a very powerful lawyer," she added. "A prenup wouldn’t stand in his way anyway. So it doesn’t matter whether you had one or you didn’t, it’s gonna be all Tom’s way, I assure you."
Although Mr. Girardi was rarely featured on the show, aspects of the divorce will likely play out on Season 11 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which is currently filming.
Here are some other high-profile couples who got divorced this year, and for another famous pair with a big age gap, check out Helena Bonham Carter Defends 22-Year Age Gap With Boyfriend.
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