Erika Jayne

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Erika Jayne
photo of Erika Jayne
Jayne on March 2, 2020
Erika Chahoy

(1971-07-10) July 10, 1971 (age 49)
Other namesErika Girardi
  • Singer
  • actress
  • television personality
Years active1990–present
TelevisionThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Spouse(s)Thomas Zizzo (divorced)
(m. 1999; sep. 2020)
Musical career
  • EJ
  • RM
  • Pretty Mess
Associated acts

Erika Girardi (née Chahoy; born July 10, 1971),[1] known professionally as Erika Jayne, is an American singer, television personality, and actress.[2]

Early life[edit]

Erika Girardi was born in Atlanta, Georgia,[3] on July 10, 1971, to single mother Renee Chahoy.[4] Her parents broke up before her first birthday. She graduated from North Atlanta High School. At 18, she moved to New York City.[5]


Her first on-screen appearance was a role as Suzanne Morton in the episode "Prescription for Death" of NBC's legal drama series Law & Order.[6] She also had roles in independent films Alchemy (1995) and Lowball (1996).[7][8]

Jayne's first single "Roller Coaster" was released on January 1, 2007. The song placed at number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. Jayne's debut album Pretty Mess, was released in the United States on August 11, 2009.[9]

In 2015, she joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for the show's sixth season.[10]

On September 25, 2019, Erika Jayne announced that she is playing Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago on Broadway.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

While living in New York, she met Thomas Zizzo,[13] when he was working as a DJ at a club in Manhattan. The couple got married in December 1991 at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Soon after she gave birth to a son, Thomas Zizzo, Jr. After the couple divorced a few years later, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a singer.[14]

In January 1999, she married attorney Thomas Girardi, a founding partner of Girardi & Keese in downtown Los Angeles.[citation needed]

In November 2020, she announced her separation from Girardi.[15] One month before the divorce announcement, the couple were named in a lawsuit for allegedly embezzling funds meant for families of the victims of the fatal 2018 Lion Air plane crash.[16] Media outlets reported that the divorce could be a "sham" to hide assets.[17] In December 2020, Chicago-based law firm asked a federal judge to order Jayne to stop selling designer clothing online amid an effort to recover $2 million in missing money owed to people.[18]

On December 17, 2020, The Los Angeles Times published a detailed article about the couple's legal issues titled "The legal titan and the ‘Real Housewife’: The rise and fall of Tom Girardi and Erika Jayne."[19] Two days later Jayne released an Instagram post revealing text messages and photos of Tom Girardi's alleged mistress, Justice Tricia A. Bigelow. Bigelow is a judge for the 2nd District Division 8 of the California Court of Appeal. She has had this position since 2008 after being appointed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.[20]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Pretty Mess


Year Single Peaks Album



2007 "Roller Coaster" 1 Pretty Mess
"Stars" 1 33
2009 "Give You Everything" 1 16
2010 "Pretty Mess" 1 19
"One Hot Pleasure" 1 24 Non-album singles
2011 "Party People (Ignite the World)" 1 25
2013 "Get It Tonight" (featuring Flo Rida) 20
2014 "Painkillr" 1 25
"You Make Me Wanna Dance"
2015 "Crazy" (featuring Maino) 1
2016 "How Many Fucks" 1
2017 "Xxpensive"
2018 "Cars"
"—" denotes a title that did not appear on the respective chart.
Billboard's Global Dance Tracks ranking was discontinued in 2013.


  1. ^ "Erika Jayne". BBC. Archived from the original on July 10, 2019. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Agard, Chancellor (December 15, 2015). "Newest Beverly Hills Housewives Erika Girardi Teases Run-In with Bethenny Frankel: She 'Kind of Let Me Have It'". People. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  3. ^ Collar, Matt. "Erika Jayne Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  4. ^ "Erika Girardi Hopes Her Relationship with Her Mom Is Something People 'Will Be Able to Relate To'". Bravo. 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2017-07-21.[better source needed]
  5. ^ "Erika Girardi on Painful Past — and Realizing She Was in a 'Wealthy Coma' After Marriage". Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  6. ^ "Erika Jayne's 'Pretty Mess': 7 Revelations From 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Star's Memoir". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  7. ^ "Low Ball (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  8. ^ "Alchemy (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  9. ^ " Erika Jayne: Pretty Mess: Music". Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  10. ^ "A conversation with 'Real Housewives' star Erika Girardi, our latest reality TV obsession". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  11. ^ @ChicagoMusical (2019-09-25). "It'd be criminal to miss @erikajayne as Roxie Hart. Catch her on Broadway beginning January" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Bailey-Millado, Rob (2019-09-25). "'RHOBH' star Erika Jayne to make Broadway debut in 'Chicago'". New York Post. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  13. ^ Cardoza, Riley (May 5, 2020). "Erika Jayne Shares Rare Pic of Son Tommy: 'People Say We Look Alike'". Us Weekly. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  14. ^ "Erika Girardi Biography". Bravo. Bravo TV. 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  15. ^ Sobol, Beth; Williams, Amanda (November 3, 2020). "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi Break Up After 21 Years Together". E! Online. United States: NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on November 3, 2020. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  16. ^ "Judge freezes assets of famed L.A. lawyer Tom Girardi, citing millions unpaid to clients". Los Angeles Times. 2020-12-14. Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  17. ^ Yasharoff, Hannah. "Erika Jayne, Tom Girardi accused of 'sham' divorce announcement to hide from embezzlement lawsuit". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  18. ^ Seidel, Jon (2020-12-18). "Chicago law firm wants contempt order enforced against Erika Jayne of 'Real Housewives'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  19. ^ "The legal titan and the 'Real Housewife': The rise and fall of Tom Girardi and Erika Jayne". Los Angeles Times. 2020-12-17. Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  20. ^ Bennett, Jessica (2020-12-19). "Erika Jayne claims California judge is Tom Girardi's alleged mistress". Page Six. Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  21. ^ "Erika Jayne Dance Club Songs Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  22. ^ "Erika Jayne Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  23. ^ "Chart Search | Billboard". Retrieved 2018-04-11.

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