Erika Jayne prefers to remain married to Tom Girardi to forego alimony

Not in a hurry. Erika Jayne offered an update on their marriage Tom Girardi — and the reality star doesn’t want to rush the divorce process.

“It’s ironic but if I was divorced from Tom I would have to pay him child support,” the 53-year-old Bravo star claimed during an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Wednesday, July 20. “I’ll stay married, thanks.”

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In a conversation with add breast, Erika also noted that finalizing a divorce was not possible given the estranged couple’s legal and financial woes. “I can’t get a divorce right now. For example, I’m legally separated, so my life has moved on and everything is separate. But I can’t get divorced now,” the singer explained. “There is so much legal stuff going on. It’s a strange time and I’m really ready for it to be over.”

The Pretty Mess author filed for divorce from Girardi, 83, in November 2020 after 21 years of marriage. A month later, the two were accused of embezzling $2 million in settlement funds from the families of the Lion Air Flight 610 victims.

Earlier this year, Erika was released from the fraud charge after previously pleading her innocence. For his part, Tom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and later placed under a conservatory along with his brother Robert Girardi act as effective conservator of his person and estate in July 2021.

According to the Georgia native, the duo have stayed in touch despite the former attorney’s mental health decline. “Of course [I take his calls]’ Erika told Us Weekly exclusively in May. “He’s not doing well and so he’s in a state of decline and sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s good [he thinks] i am someone else So it’s ok.”

At the time, Erika admitted she was still “mourning that marriage” as viewers watched her life unfold on screen. “I think that gets lost in the sensational version of everything. This was someone I was married to for over 20 years and was around 23 years old [years]. It’s difficult,” she shared. “There are real moments of sadness, real moments of — when the holidays came around, you know, at Christmas I would just remember how much fun we were going to have. … But what are you going to do with it? These things happen in life. They happen to everyone; everyone mourns something.”

Erika Jayne says she prefers to stay married to Tom Girardi to skip child support payments

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Having to show aspects of her personal life on RHOBH isn’t always easy for the TV personality.

“The season before that was a real fallout. This season is about really trying to pull yourself together and move on. It was tough but eventually I’ll make it and it’s part of the human experience,” she told us, adding that she “mixed alcohol and antidepressants” while the cameras rolled. “You can’t go through what I went through last season without feeling something. I wanted to have fun and not feel so heavy. So that’s what I did.”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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