When fans met Erika Jayne in 2015, they believed she and husband, Tom Girardi, had a rock solid marriage. But 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. In November 2020 that she and the powerhouse attorney called it quits after 21 years of marriage. A source later revealed the duo had an “Unconventional marriage, spending a lot of time apart.”
But 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. NEXT page…