“After much consideration I have decided to end my marriage to Tom Girardi. This is not a step taken lightly or easily,” she mentioned in a press release to CNN Wednesday. “I have great love and respect for Tom and for our years and the lives we built together. It is my absolute wish to proceed through this process with respect and with the privacy that both Tom and I deserve. I request that others give us that privacy as well.”
Jayne, who additionally appeared on “Dancing With the Stars,” wed Girardi in 1999.
According to her 2018 memoir, “Pretty Mess,” the couple met at a restaurant the place Jayne was a server and Girardi a frequent buyer.
The age distinction — she is 49 and he’s 81 — is one thing she has addressed on “The Real Housewives.”
“I’ve dealt with this forever, the younger woman that married the wealthier, older man,” she mentioned on one episode of the Bravo actuality sequence. “I’m tired of having to justify my 20-year marriage.”
Girardi is an legal professional and has appeared on the present.