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‘RHOBH' star Erika Jayne divorcing Tom Girardi, fans say she’s 'playing the divorce card' in time for Season 11

Fans of the show seem to believe that Jayne may not have been a main cast member of the reality TV show in the upcoming season and so, they felt this divorce was conveniently timed
Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi (Getty Images)
Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi (Getty Images)

‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Erika Jayne is filing for divorce from her husband Tom Girardi after 21 years of marriage as per reports Tuesday, November 3. Jayne said, “After much consideration, I have decided to end my marriage to Tom Girardi. 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.”

She further said, “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.”

Jayne and Girardi got married in 1999. The two met at Chasen's, a famous restaurant frequented by film stars, entertainers, politicians, and other dignitaries in West Hollywood, California, where Jayne worked and Girardi was a frequent patron. In her 2018 memoir ‘Pretty Mess’, Jayne said, “After a year of working in the restaurant, one night I decided to slip Tom my telephone number. We were standing in front of the giant fireplace. ‘Did you hear I was single?' I asked." 

Six months later, the two were engaged. Jayne and Girardi have often been questioned about their age difference -- Jayne is 49 and Girardi is 81. Talking about the 33-year age difference, Jayne said on the reality show once, “I've dealt with this forever: the younger woman that married the wealthier, older man. I mean, I'm tired of having to justify my 20-year marriage. Go get a 20-year marriage, then come f***ing talk to me."

In the past, Jayne has talked about problems in their marriage. “I feel like my marriage came apart because of me, not because of anyone else,” she said. “I can take responsibility. I knew I was a good mom. I thought I was adult enough to be a wife and a mother, but really I wasn't. Tommy bore the brunt of that. It was this constant pressure and it was hard for both of us to take.”

Fans of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ will likely see Jayne’s divorce play out on season 11 of the show, which is currently filming. And while that may be exciting, fans have some things to say about the divorce. Some fans seem to believe that Jayne’s divorce may have been a strategic one on her part -- to make sure of her continued presence on the reality show.

“Not Erika Jayne playing the divorce card to get herself back to full-time next season. #RHOBH,” wrote a fan on Twitter. Another fan wrote, “I firmly believe that they weren’t going to ask Erika back this season and she said ‘lemme divorce this sack of wrinkles so they will’. I know that’s what happened! #RHOBH.” One fan speculated, “Well, Erika has secured herself another 2 seasons. Season 11 will be about the divorce and the emotional toll and season 12 will be about her dating lmao.” Another fan wrote on Twitter, “Erika getting a divorce from Tom has me hollering. Like, this is her attempt to grab a storyline. Also, who’s gonna pay for her glam squad/friends now?!”