During the Wednesday, May 18, episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, host Andy Cohen recounted a dialog he’d had with Bethenny, 51, in regards to the former attorney, 82, and his ongoing criminal woes. “She had said, ‘I heard Tom actually owes people money and all this stuff,’” the Bravo exec, 53, informed Erika, 50. He went on to invite the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills superstar whether or not there used to be reality to the rumors, including that he “just dismissed it with the rest.”
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Erika proceeded to protect Tom, whom she used to be married to for 20 years sooner than their 2020 break up. “In the business that Tom was doing which was contingent fee, it’s not unusual to borrow … there were also loans that were really paid off,” the Atlanta local defined. “I don’t know where Bethenny’s coming from and, you know, her guy’s dead and my guy’s in a home, so whatever. But at the same time, that’s kind of the way the business goes.”
The “Roller Coaster” singer’s estranged husband has been dwelling in a senior dwelling facility since August 2021 following his Alzheimer’s prognosis. Erika used to be regarding Bethenny’s overdue on-again, off-again boyfriend, Dennis Shields, who died in August 2018.
The Skinnygirl founder and Dennis started relationship in 2016 after the banker separated from his spouse, Jill. In April 2019, Bethenny informed Us Weekly that she used to be starting to let herself really feel the gravity of her loss. “I loved Dennis, and we talk about him a lot now, more [now] that the dust has settled,” she mentioned on the time. “Now that months have gone by, I’ll have sad days.”
The Bethenny Ever After alum will make her personal WWHL look on Thursday, May 19, however as she defined by way of Twitter that afternoon, she received’t be addressing Erika’s feedback. “The episode tonight of @BravoWWHL was taped so I don’t address the comment you [made] & Dennis’ children are hurt, offended and disgusted by. I appreciate your loyalty, heart and compassion,” she wrote.
This isn’t the primary time the 2 Real Housewives stars have thrown colour at every different. Season 12 of RHOBH shone a mild on Erika and Tom’s criminal troubles — and Bethenny used to be frequently satisfied to voice her opinion at the subject.
In December 2020, the estranged couple have been named in a category motion lawsuit alleging that Tom’s former legislation company, Girardi & Keese, misused budget supposed for the Lion Air Flight 619 aircraft crash sufferers’ households.
During a September 2021 episode of the “Just B With Bethenny Frankel” podcast, the New York local claimed she’d identified about Erika and Tom’s alleged spending since 2018.
“My experience is — especially with the Housewives, but really, everywhere as well — if someone’s flaunting their money, they don’t really have it,” Frankel mentioned on the time. “Particularly on Beverly Hills, there have been a lot of ‘all show and no go’ girls. The more that they flaunt it and the more that they brag about it, usually there’s something wrong.”
In January, Erika used to be disregarded from her estranged husband’s ongoing fraud and embezzlement case. “I am disturbed by everyone jumping to conclusions about Erika, who is innocent, and trying to blame her for the actions of others,” Erika’s lawyer, Evan C. Borges, mentioned in a remark on the time.
Earlier this month, the Law & Order alum completely informed Us that she’s nonetheless “mourning” her damaged marriage. “I think that gets lost in the sensationalized version of it all,” she mentioned. “This was someone I was married to for over 20 years and was with, like, 23 [years]. It’s difficult. There are real moments of sadness, real moments of, like, when the holidays came around, you know, for Christmas, I would just remember how much fun we would have. … But what are you going to do with that? These things happen in life. They happen to everyone; everyone’s mourning something.”