Erika Jayne

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Erika Jayne
photo of Erika Jayne
Girardi in March 2020
Erika Chahoy

(1971-07-10) July 10, 1971 (age 51)
Other namesErika Girardi
  • Singer
  • television personality
Years active1990–present
TelevisionThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Thomas Zizzo
(m. 1991; div. 1996)

(m. 2000; sep. 2020)
Musical career
  • EJ
  • RM
  • Pretty Mess

Erika Girardi (née Chahoy; born July 10, 1971),[1] known professionally as Erika Jayne, is an American singer, television personality, and former 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 two on-screen appearances were non-speaking roles as Suzanne Morton in the episodes "Prescription for Death" and "The Violence of Summer" as Pruiting's girlfriend in NBC's legal drama series Law & Order.[6] She also had roles in independent films Alchemy (1995) and Lowball (1996).[7][8]

According to her autobiography Pretty Mess, it was music producer Peter Rafelson, who came up with the idea of changing her name to the mononymous two-worded "Erika Jayne". Rafelson said to her that the only name that flowed with "Erika" was "Jayne". She admitted to disliking it at first.[9] 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.[10]

In 2015, she joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for the show's sixth season.[11]

On September 25, 2019, Jayne announced that she would be playing Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago on Broadway.[12][13]

Personal life and legal issues[edit]

While living in New York, she met Thomas Zizzo,[14] when he was working as a DJ at a club in Manhattan. The couple married in December 1991 at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Soon thereafter she gave birth to a son, Thomas Zizzo Jr. After the couple divorced in 1996, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a singer.[15]

In January 2000, she married Thomas Girardi, a founding partner of Girardi & Keese in Downtown Los Angeles after meeting in 1998.[16]

In November 2020, she announced her separation from Girardi and filed for divorce.[17] One month after 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.[18][19] Media outlets reported that the divorce could be a "sham" to hide assets.[20] 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.[21]

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."[22] Two days later, Jayne released an Instagram post revealing text messages and photos of Tom Girardi's alleged mistress.[23] A documentary about the couple's highly publicized legal troubles titled The Housewife and the Hustler was released on Hulu on June 14, 2021.[24] On August 31st she scored a legal win in a $5 million dollar fraud lawsuit, the court found there was no evidence of 'wrong doing' confirmed in New York Post's Page Six article [25] which later on the Los Angeles Times also had confirmed. [26]


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 2022-09-08.
  7. ^ "Low Ball (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  8. ^ "Alchemy (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "Erika Jayne's 'Pretty Mess': 7 Revelations From 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Star's Memoir Entertainment Tonight". Retrieved 2022-09-08.
  10. ^ " Erika Jayne: Pretty Mess: Music". Amazon. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  11. ^ "A conversation with 'Real Housewives' star Erika Girardi, our latest reality TV obsession". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  12. ^ @ChicagoMusical (2019-09-25). "It'd be criminal to miss @erikajayne as Roxie Hart. Catch her on Broadway beginning January" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Bailey-Millado, Rob (2019-09-25). "'RHOBH' star Erika Jayne to make Broadway debut in 'Chicago'". New York Post. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  14. ^ Cardoza, Riley (May 5, 2020). "Erika Jayne Shares Rare Pic of Son Tommy: 'People Say We Look Alike'". Us Weekly. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  15. ^ "Erika Girardi Biography". Bravo. Bravo TV. 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  16. ^ "RHOBH: A Look Into Erika Jayne's 'Unconventional' Marriage With Thomas Girardi". ScreenRant. 2020-11-13. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  17. ^ 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. Archived from the original on November 3, 2020. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ Tom Girardi sued by Indonesia's Lion air crash families over claims US lawyer embezzled millions of their settlement funds ABC News, 5 June 2021. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  20. ^ Yasharoff, Hannah. "Erika Jayne, Tom Girardi accused of 'sham' divorce announcement to hide from embezzlement lawsuit". USA Today. Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ "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.
  23. ^ Bennett, Jessica (2020-12-19). "Erika Jayne claims California judge is Tom Girardi's alleged mistress". Page Six. Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  24. ^ "Erika and Tom Girardi's Legal Troubles Examined in The Housewife and the Hustler: Biggest Moments". People. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  25. ^ "Erika Jayne scores win in $5M fraud lawsuit, court finds no evidence of 'wrongdoing'". 31 August 2022.
  26. ^ "'Real Housewives' star Erika Jayne wins Tom Girardi fraud lawsuit". Los Angeles Times. September 2022.
  27. ^ "Erika Jayne Dance Club Songs Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  28. ^ "Erika Jayne Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  29. ^ "Chart Search | Billboard". Retrieved 2018-04-11.

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