Not her happily ever after. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans were shocked when what appeared to be the strongest couple in Housewives history Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi called it quits after 21 years of marriage.
Jayne, 49, met Girardi in the late ‘90s when she was waitressing at one his favorite West Hollywood havens Chasen's. One year later, the reality TV star slipped him her number, and the rest was history.
Their relationship moved rather quickly as they were engaged after only six months. The couple tied the knot in 1999.
Girardi, 81, is a mystery to many, and due to his job as a powerhouse attorney, he has only made a few appearances on RHOBH since Jayne joined the cast in 2015. It's possible their divorce may play out during the upcoming season, which began filming in October.
The “XXPEN$IVE” singer constantly has defended their 32-year-age difference on the small screen and on social media.
“It was always a bigger deal to everyone else than it was to either of us,” she wrote in her 2018 book, Pretty Mess. “All a couple really needs is to have the same life philosophy. If you see things the same way, then age, race, religion — none of that comes into play.”
The Chicago star and the attorney seemed to have a picture-perfect relationship, but with new reports coming out about their “unconventional marriage,” it seems the couple weren’t as happy as everyone thought.
OK! takes a look inside Jayne and Girardi’s relationship and messy divorce. Scroll through the gallery below for all the details.
They Don’t Have A Prenup
Jayne told Andy Cohen in June 2017 that the couple never signed a prenup agreement. "I'm married to a very powerful lawyer. A prenup wouldn't stand in his way anyway," she said.
Erika Is Demanding Spousal Support
Jayne requested spousal support from Girardi in November 2020, according to court documents. She is also asking that he pay her attorney's fees and demanded that the court block her estranged husband from seeking spousal support from her.
The Couple Spent A Lot Of Time Apart Before Divorce
A source told Us Weekly that the two had an "unconventional marriage" and would spend "several months" at a time apart from one another. "They would travel separately. Tom gave Erika a very lavish lifestyle, and she enjoyed it," the insider dished.
Their Sex Life Changed Over Time
Jayne got candid about her sex life with Girardi. "It's not the same as it was in the beginning because other things take over, compassion, love, empathy, all of that, but that doesn't mean that you can leave the physical component out of it. You have to still keep that alive," she told Kandi Burruss on her short-lived talk show, Kandi Koated Nights, in 2018.
Erika Is The One Who Called It Off
Jayne announced earlier this month that she "decided to end" her marriage to 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 said.
Erika Has Moved Out Of The House They Shared Together
According to The Sun, Jayne recently moved out of their $7 million-dollar mansion she lived in with Girardi. She has already relocated to a fancy $1 million condo in Hollywood, Calif.