Erika Jayne, the controversial Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality television personality, is officially back in the dating pool. The actress and singer is currently going through a nasty divorce with former attorney Tom Girardi, 82, who was accused by The Los Angeles Times of misappropriating millions of dollars from his law firm.
After legal problems and a bankruptcy filing, the couple separated in November 2020. Erika, 50. has reportedly been on a number of dates since then, despite fans claiming that the RHOBH star should also be held responsible for embezzling funds.
“Life is good,” she told Extra, denying her involvement in her estranged husband’s crimes. “Everything is turning a positive direction.”
According to TMZ, Erika Jayne has been dating for a while, but she’s only being set up by her friends with potential suitors, not using any dating apps. She’s “already been on a handful of dates with different men,” the outlet reported, and all men from Beverly Hills.
Responding to a question from Extra’s Teddi Mellencamp about how “every guy wants to know what’s going on?” with her new, single life, Erika Jayne responded by telling men to “Slide into my DMs and you’ll find out.”
She’s reportedly seen many suitors as she tries to find that “next spark.” The reality television star has also been filming new scenes for the next season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
While she doesn’t have anything close to a boyfriend just yet, she told TMZ that she’s looking for a man with expensive tastes. According to The New York Times, Erika Jayne makes a lucrative $600,000 per season.
“I think every girl, you know, likes a guy with money,” she said, joking that she’s “never not dating.”
She could certainly use the dough, as she is currently being sued for $25 million by the trustee handling the bankruptcy case for her former husband’s law firm, as well as paying attorney fees for the yet-to-be finalized divorce.
Erika Jayne has denied all wrongdoing and claims that her husband was very controlling over her own finances. Adding to her money problems, she alleged that she “handed every paycheck I’ve ever made over” to her husband. This past March, Tom Girardi was placed under conservatorship and diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Many fans have called for her firing from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but producer Andy Cohen stressed that it was not on the table.
“I have nothing to hide,” Erika Jayne said recently in October. “Everything can be parsed, twisted, turned and yes, possibly turned against you,” she acknowledged, “Give me a chance to defend myself. Watch me. I’m ready for the challenge. Watch me do it.”
“There’s a lot of talk about me being cold and a lot of talk about me not having empathy and sympathy,” she continued on the most recent reunion special. “The truth is I do but I’m in an almost impossible situation. And anyone who has been wronged, I want them to be made whole. I’m talking about the alleged victims of all of Tom’s alleged misdoings. And it’s important that people hear that from me.”
Fans are obsessed with the controversy, and Bravo has been profiting heavily off the dramatic storyline.
Jason Edelson, the attorney for Girardi’s estate, said that “Andy Cohen and Bravo have protected Erika” and paid her highly to “increase his ratings and make Bravo even more money.”