Erika Girardi had plenty to say during the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion — about herself and about her alter ego, Erika Jayne. Bravo.com posted a video of Erika talking about her Erika Jayne pop star persona, as well as her relationship with her adult son.
Bravo host Andy Cohen asked Erika how being on RHOBH has affected her Erika Jayne persona, and the 46-year-old singer the reaction has been “more positive than negative.” Girardi went on to say her racy pop songs aren’t just heard in dance clubs but are now in people’s living rooms thanks to the show.
Before she married wealthy attorney Tom Girardi, OK Here Is the Situation says Erika got hitched to Tom Zizzo when she was 20 years old. During the RHOBH reunion, Cohen asked Erika about her first marriage and her now-grown son. Erika went on to explain why her son didn’t appear on RHOBH.
“He is a very private person, “Erika said.
Erika also went on to say that her son, who works as an L.A.P.D. police officer, has no problem with her sexy image as Erika Jayne, the sparkly pop princess she debuted in 2007 when he was still a teen.
“He is very supportive of me just like I was when he told me he wanted to be a police officer.”
Still, the motherly side of Erika Girardi did admit that she worries about her son’s dangerous line of work.
“Imagine what it’s like to have your child come tell you he wants to do such a dangerous job,” Erika said.
While Erika didn’t talk about her son very much on RHOBH, according to the website OK Here’s the Situation, Erika Jayne’s son is named Tommy Zizzo. The newbie Housewife did discuss her son when she was a guest on Heather McDonald’s Juicy Scoop podcast earlier this year. In the interview, Erika talked about her son from her short-lived first marriage to Tom Zizzo, whom she married at age 20 when she lived in New York City.
Erika revealed that she moved to Los Angeles when her son was only three years old, and the child stayed in NYC with his dad. On the podcast, Erika said her desire to move to California to “see what’s possible” paved the way for her to meet Tom Girardi, and they were engaged within a year. In 1999, Tom and Erika tied the knot, but her son was not in attendance at the small ceremony.
While she says her son has no problem with her persona as a pop princess, during the RHOBH reunion Erika Jayne had to defend herself against a Bravo viewer who questioned why her videos are so sexual and asked her if she’s “a little old to be prancing around like that.” Erika assured the viewer she’s not too old and told her she’s sorry that she has “given up on life, but I have not.”
While she says she thinks all women have a little Erika Jayne in them that’s “dying to get out,” Girardi also went on to say that when she’s at home she’s just a regular wife and that her Erika Jayne persona is strictly for the clubs.
“I am not that person when I am at home with Tom. I am just Erika Girardi,” she said.
Erika Jayne admitted that her husband Tom, a high-powered California attorney who’s 32 years her senior, has given her a lot. While she says Tom’s partners’ wives “hated her a**” when they first met her, the couple’s May-December marriage has survived all of the “gold digger” speculation. Tom and Erika have been married for 17 years, while Erika’s son Tommy moved to Los Angeles two years ago to become an L.A.P.D. police officer.
Take a look at the video below to see Erika Jayne’s totally NSFW video “How Many F***s.”
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