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04 November 2020 02:37

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Related: Erika Jayne Ends 21-Year Marriage to Tom Girardi "After much consideration, I have decided to end my marriage to Tom Girardi," the reality star exclusively tells E! News, "This is not a step taken lightly or easily. "It is my absolute wish to proceed through this process with respect and with the privacy that both Tom and I deserved," she adds. The couple married in 1999 after meeting at Chasen's in West Hollywood, where Erika, 49, was serving cocktails and Tom, 81, was a frequent patron. "After a year of working in the restaurant, one night I decided to slip Tom my telephone number," Erika wrote in her 2018 memoir, Pretty Mess.

"We were standing in front of the giant fireplace. 'Did you hear I was single?' I asked." Six months later, the two were engaged. Erika Jayne and husband Tom Girardi are calling it quits. The "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star, 49, told E! News on Tuesday that she'd filed for divorce from Girardi, 81, after 21 years of marriage.

"After much consideration, I have decided to end my marriage to Tom Girardi," said Jayne. "This is not a step taken lightly or easily. "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Erika Jayne has filed for divorce from husband Tom Girardi after 21 years of marriage. Steve Eichner / AP "It is my absolute wish to proceed through this process with respect and with the privacy that both Tom and I deserved," she added. The pair met while Jayne was a cocktail waitress at the Los Angeles restaurant Chasen's, where Girardi was a regular.

After a year of friendship, Girardi, a powerhouse attorney who won the landmark case that inspired the film "Erin Brokovich," popped the question. The couple tied the knot in 1999. "It really was two people coming together who really enjoy each other's company," Jayne told People in 2018. Over the years, the couple faced scrutiny for their more than 30-year age difference. "Everyone thought I was marrying him to have a baby and lock down the money, as ugly as that sounds," Jayne added.

The Bravo star surprised viewers during a 2017 episode of "Andy Cohen's Then & Now," when she revealed she and Girardi never signed a prenuptial agreement. "I don't have a prenup," said the singer. "But 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. So it doesn't matter whether you had one or you didn't, it's gonna be all Tom's way, I assure you. He'll rip that piece of paper to shreds in two seconds." Jayne was previously married to Thomas Zizzo, with whom she shares a son, Tommy, 26. 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' stars Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi split after 21 years Rasha Ali | USA TODAY Show Caption Hide Caption Jayne calls for inclusion on 'Housewives' "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Erika Jayne says it's time for her popular reality series to get more inclusive. The TV personality and performer believes Bravo needs to feature a same-sex couple. "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Erika Jayne has decided to end her marriage to Tom Girardi. "After much consideration I have decided to end my marriage to Tom Girardi. This is not a step taken lightly or easily." Jayne told USA TODAY in a statement provided by her representative Jack Ketsoyan. Jayne, 49, who has been married to Girardi, 81, for 21 years, asked for privacy during their separation. "It is my absolute wish to proceed through this process with respect and with the privacy that both Tom and I deserve," she said. Jayne and Girardi met in Los Angeles while she was waitressing at Chasen's and after a year-long friendship, Girardi asked her out according to a 2018 interview with People. "What was really important to me was my relationship. Tom wasn't going to change. He was a grown man. It really was two people coming together who really enjoy each other's company," she told People. "Everyone thought I was marrying him to have a baby and lock down the money, as ugly as that sounds." She continued to defend her marriage in an April 2020 episode of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." "I've dealt with this forever: the younger woman that married the wealthier, older man," Jayne said, according to Bravo. "I mean, I'm tired of having to justify my 20-year marriage. Go get a 20-year marriage, then come (expletive) talk to me." She acknowledged their age difference and that, yes, he is wealthy, but he's also a good man. During the episode, she said one of her favorite things about Girardi was that he embraced her son, Thomas, from her previous marriage. Previously: 'Real Housewives of New York City' hires 'excited' Eboni K. Williams as first Black cast member It's over for Erika and Tom Girardi. The star of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," 49, filed for divorce from her 81-year-old lawyer husband on Tuesday, per a Los Angeles County court docket obtained by Page Six. The couple had been married for 21 years. "After much consideration, I have decided to end my marriage to Tom Girardi," the reality personality — also known by her stage name, Erika Jayne — told E!. "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," she concluded. "I request others give us that privacy as well." It is unclear if her divorce will play out on the upcoming season of "RHOBH," as she is currently filming. Erika revealed in 2017 that the couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement ahead of the 1999 wedding, saying: "But 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. So it doesn't matter whether you had one or you didn't, it's gonna be all Tom's way, I assure you. He'll rip that piece of paper to shreds in two seconds!" A rep for Girardi declined to comment to Page Six at this time.