Reality Star Erika Jayne & Much Older Husband Tom Girardi Split
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne, 49, and husband Tom Girardi, 81, are calling it quits after 21 years of marriage.
In court papers obtained by The Blast, Jayne filed for divorce in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Since the two had no children together, there will be no custody battle.
In a statement to E! News, she 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."
“It is my absolute wish to proceed through this process with respect and with the privacy that both Tom and I deserved," Jayne continued. "I request others give us that privacy as well."
In 2017, Jayne revealed that they had no prenuptial agreement, telling Andy Cohen, “Let me tell you something, let me be very clear. I'm married to a very powerful lawyer. A prenup wouldn't stand in his way anyway... It's gonna be all Tom's way, I assure you. He'll rip that piece of paper to shreds in two seconds!"
Over the years, Jayne has shut down criticism over their 33-year age difference. On “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” she said, “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**king talk to me."
During their marriage, Tom refused to wear a wedding ring. In her book “Pretty Messy,” Erika explained, “Tom said, 'Listen, I'll buy you anything you want. I don't care what it is. You name it. But I'm not wearing a wedding band. I never have, I never will. I don't like it. It's uncomfortable. Please don't ask me to. A wedding band does not have magical powers. It is not going to stop anyone from doing something."
In the late '90s, the two met at Chasen's in West Hollywood, where she was serving cocktails. They tied the knot in 1999.
Jayne was previously married to Thomas Zizzo, the father of her son Tommy.