Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi’s Divorce, Legal Woes: Everything We Know
Pat the … divorce papers. After Erika Jayne went to court to end her marriage to Tom Girardi, Bravo fans were shocked to learn that what seemed like one of the strongest couples in Real Housewives history was not so picture-perfect after all. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star announced in November 2020 that she and the powerhouse attorney had called it quits after 21 years of marriage. A source later told Us Weekly exclusively, “Erika and Tom had an unconventional marriage, spending a lot of time apart.” Erika, who shares adult son Tommy with ex-husband Thomas Zizzo, met Tom in the late 1990s while waitressing at one of his favorite West Hollywood hot spots, Chasen’s. One year later, she decided to give him her phone number, and he subsequently reached out to her through his secretary. “I told her, ’Tell Mr. Girardi if he wants to take me out on a date, he needs to call me himself and ask me and give me enough time to prepare,’” the Bravo personality recalled in her 2018 memoir, Pretty Mess. “You know how men are, especially if they are successful. They expect you to drop everything right away. That’s not how I work, I don’t care who you are.” Six months into their relationship, Erika and the lawyer got engaged. They married in January 1999. “For the first 10 years of our marriage, I was by Tom’s side,” the “XXPEN$IVE” singer said in a February 2017 episode of RHOBH. “I was even the first lady of a couple legal organizations. Imagine that!” Due to Tom’s high-power job, he has only made a few appearances on the reality series since Erika joined the cast in 2015. It is likely that their divorce will play out during season 11, which began filming in early October 2020. “People are always like, ‘Oh, you guys don’t see each other a lot.’ But when we do see each other, it’s 100 percent, full-on attention,” the former Chicago star said in the February 2017 episode. “This is what people don’t understand. It’s not a detriment to the relationship. It’s actually helpful. It’s better than someone being in your face all the time and you’re not even present.” Scroll down for everything we know so far about the Girardis’ divorce.
Another Pageant Queen! Meet the 5 New Women Entering 'The Bachelor'
The Bachelor may already be heating up, but Matt James is in for another treat. During the Monday, January 25, episode, five new women will be brought into season 25, all hoping that the lead is The One. In a new sneak peek of the arrivals, one contestant, Brittany, tells the North Carolina native, 29, “I want to make up for lost time.” Just moments after meeting him, the 23-year-old grabs his face and begins making out with him — while the other cast members look on shocked from inside. She seems to continue stirring the pot, later saying in the house, “They just wanted to save the best for last.” The realtor previously opened up to Us Weekly exclusively about his journey during the season, admitting that falling for multiple ladies is “something that comes with the territory.” He also raved about the incredible group. “When people are sharing these things with you and you’re sharing things with them, it’s only natural that over time you’re going to form some type of feeling for that person,” he told Us earlier this month. “How you choose to act on that is another thing, but the raw feeling of being attracted, interested, seeing that person as someone that you could be with — there was a lot of that.” As for the cast, the ABC Food Tours founder called himself “undeserving” of such a “high caliber” cast. “It’s just such a great group of women, like, women that you would never think would be single,” the Wake Forest alum shared with Us. “That’s why I was so skeptical coming in, because it’s like, you don’t think the type of woman exists that I was interacting with and that were part of this experience. So, it made my life and decision-making that much more difficult because you’re having to send home incredible women.” Scroll through to get to know the newcomers. The Bachelor airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.
Happy Hartford! See Stassi Schroeder and Beau Clark's Daughter's Baby Album
Hanging out with Hartford! Stassi Schroeder and Beau Clark became parents in January 2021 when their baby girl was born. “Beau and I have spent the last couple of weeks enjoying every moment with our daughter,” the Vanderpump Rules alum captioned her little one’s Instagram debut at the time. “Every cuddle, every sound, every poop, all of it. It’s her two-week birthday and I feel like I’m finally ready to share my little girl. Meet Hartford Charlie Rose Clark, the best thing that’s ever happened to me. My heart is so freaking full. I can’t believe I get to keep her.” Katie Maloney commented on the social media upload: “Ahhh my little God Daughter!!!!!! She’s so beautiful and I’m so happy for you and Beau!!!” More of Schroeder’s former costars commented on the slideshow, from Brittany Cartwright calling Hartford a “beautiful sweet angel” to her husband, Jax Taylor, pointing out how “sassy” the newborn looks. Us Weekly broke the news in June 2020 that the Next Level Basic author was pregnant with her first child. She and the commercial casting director tied the knot three months later in a backyard ceremony. “I am so proud to be your wife,” the former “Straight Up With Stassi” podcast host wrote via Instagram in September 2020, noting that they were still planning for an Italian wedding ceremony the following year. Clark adorably kissed her baby bump at the altar. By December 2020, the Louisiana native was having a “hard” time with her pregnancy. “I don’t feel like myself. I don’t feel attractive,” the former Bravo personality told her Instagram followers at the time. “I feel like I have zero control over anything. I’m uncomfortable and it’s painful to move around. And my emotions are so all over the place, I feel insane. I’ve received lots of DMs from people telling me I complain too much and should shut up and just be thankful I’m pregnant. I’ve never been more thankful for anything. Being a mother was my biggest dream and I can’t wait to meet my daughter. But I’m still allowed to struggle with it.” Schroeder went on to ask, “Why is there so much pressure on pregnant women to be superheroes? Can we stop that now?” Keep scrolling to see the new mom raising her and the Florida native’s baby girl, from bottle feeding to napping.