REAL Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne has opened up about her mental health struggles after feeling “hopeless” due to her ex Tom Girardi's ongoing fraud scandal.
The Pretty Mess singer is now taking antidepressants which she says “are really killing it.”
In a preview for the upcoming episode of RHOBH, Erika, 50, and the other cast members sat down for breakfast during their vacation in Mexico.
As Kyle Richards, 53, asked the server for azucar (Spanish for sugar), Erika echoed “azucar!” in a comedic voice.
Crystal Kung Minkoff, 39, told her: “Erika, I love the way you talk”
Erika replied: “I know, these new antidepressants are really killing it!”
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In a confessional, she discussed her mental health in more detail, beginning: “Last year, I was waking up with this hopeless feeling”.
In 2021, Erika told her cast mates about her struggles with depression as she faced the legal fallout from her 82-year-old estranged husband Tom’s fraud scandal.
The disgraced lawyer has been accused of embezzling millions in funds for plane crash victims.
“Every day I woke up and I dreaded waking up, so I called a psychiatrist and I went on Lexapro.”
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Although Erika still has troubles to deal with, including her own $50m lawsuit, she is now feeling more positive overall.
“There’s a lot of sadness still here, but there is happiness in the form of having some fun with some friends, having some sex, and just trying to stay in the moment.”
She sighed as she added that is trying not to “stay in the past”.
Back at breakfast, Garcelle Beauvais, 55, asked Erika further about her antidepressant use.
“Would we be able to tell if you didn’t take them?” she asked.
Erika replied: “Yeah, if you think I’m irritable now… I was really mean.”
Garcelle proposed: “Borderline bully?”
“Honey, they called me a bully in a court filing today, do you think I give a f**k?” she said.
The reality star added that she is standing defiant in her courtroom battles.
She said: “I wear that s**t like a badge of honor.
“They told me that I was along the lines of my husband and I use his tactics of bullying, threatening and all this other s**t and I said, ‘I’ll take it.’”
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Earlier this month, Tom was struck from the California Bar and ordered to pay $2m to four minor children of the Lion Air flight 610 crash victims.
Tom and his law firm allegedly misappropriated funds that were intended for the families of the victims of the 2018 plane crash.
Erika herself is currently facing a suit for $50m as she is accused of being the "frontwoman" in her ex's alleged "racketeering scheme".
Law firm Edelson PC has sued the TV personality, her company EJ Global LLC, the Girardi & Keese law firm, and its lenders.
Edelson PC is accusing Erika of acting as the "frontwoman of the operation, selling to the world [including unsuspecting clients] that Girardi Keese was successful."
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The law firm also claims that Erika "displayed a nationwide showroom of the money they stole on Real Housewives."
They are using her past social media posts to back up the allegations.
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