What is Noella Bergener's net worth? 'RHOC' star sued over $300K legal bill debt
One of the pre-requisites to be on cast on bravo's 'Real Housewives' is to be rich and famous. 'Real Housewives of Orange County' newbie Noella Bergener fit the bill, so it came as no surprise when she was asked to join the show as a full-time housewife on season 16. Noella was first introduced on the show as a former housewife Braunwyn's friend. The OG franchise underwent a major cast shake-up after season 15, which resulted in the firing of Kelly Dodd, Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, and Braunwyn. The showrunners reportedly wanted to bring "class" back to the show.
So they roped in former housewife Heather Dubrow to return as a housewife, alongside Dr Jen Armstrong. While Heather and Dr Jen continue to live their fabulous and extravagant lifestyle, unfortunately, the same can't be said for Noella. When Noella was introduced on the show, she proudly declared to be a stay-at-home mom who took care of her two kids, while her husband- James Bergener aka Sweet James, a famous attorney, bought in the money. The couple seemed to be living it up as a glance at her social media reveals designer outfits, luxury vacations, and private jet rides. But it all came crashing down for the new housewife when her husband served her with divorce papers out of the blue and cut her off financially by blocking all the credit cards and her access to their joint accounts. On the show, Noella cried about not having any money and being financially stranded by her husband. So, if you're wondering if Noella is really broke or a rich person broke, then read on.
What is Noella Bergener's net worth?
According to reports, Noella's net worth has been estimated to be within the range of $1 million. This can primarily be attributed to her modeling career prior to her marriage, and also her Instagram influencer posts. Noella can often be seen promoting various luxury brands on her page to her 38.5k followers. The 'RHOC' star was living a cushy life as the wife of Sweet James. Things quickly went south once she began filming for the reality show.
James was issued a federal tax lien of $5.8 million. This led to a lot of arguments over finances between the couple. On 'RHOC' she explained that she wanted to sell one of their properties to pay off the debts but James was reportedly against the idea. But before the couple could reach any resolution he served her with divorce papers from Puerto Rico. The housewife revealed that she was "shocked and disgusted" by his actions. Since filing for their divorce, James has reportedly not made any contact with her or their children, and hasn't supported their family financially either, as per her recent Instagram post.
Unfortunately, James isn't the only one shouldering a mountain of debt. The housewife is being sued as well for failing to pay $300,000 worth of legal bills. According to court documents obtained by Radar, the Bravo star is being sued by a debt collector, Creditors Adjustment Bureau, for breach of contract. In 2014, she had hired the law firm Fried and Goldsman to represent her in a “paternity action” against her then-husband (not James). They worked for her until 2018 yet allegedly never received any compensation for the same. According to the law firm she owes them $293,000 plus interest for the services provided by them. Noella has denied these claims and explained that as per her divorce settlement her ex-husband was supposed to pay the bill. She was reportedly recently served with legal papers over her debt.
Despite all the legal drama, Noella's net worth might continue to see a steady growth thanks to her growing popularity as a reality star on 'RHOC', and also her paycheque from the show.
'Real Housewives of Orange County' Season 16 airs every Wednesday at 9/8c on Bravo.