'RHOC' Star Noella Bergener Ruthlessly Fact-Checks Estranged Husband James After He Finally Broke His Silence On Their Bombshell Divorce
Noella Bergener's estranged husband, James Bergener, finally broke his silence on their bombshell divorce, prompting the Real Housewives of Orange County newbie to fact-check her ex.
On Christmas Eve, personal injury attorney "Sweet James" posted three videos to his Instagram, accusing Noella of "changing" after she learned she had been cast on the Bravo reality show.
He said her "sole focus" became the show and that they "rarely spoke." When they did, he claimed, the two would "end up in fights."
While he did not say when, James claims Noella retained an attorney who then informed his attorney that she was filing for separation. He insists that's why he left.
"Noella chose the show over me and the family," he said. "I love Noella, but I do not know who she is anymore."
James said he grew up as a conservative Puritan and that his relationship with Noella was an "unhealthy" one, allegedly characterized by "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll."
"I lost almost everything, including myself," he told his followers. "I lost sight of who I was and who I am."
James then went on to claim that he and Noella were "currently working" on a "beneficial custody program" for their 2-and-a-half-year-old son, James Jr.
On the show and on Instagram, Noella has spoken openly about Junior's autism.
According to Noella, James cut them off financially when he fled to Puerto Rico, allegedly leaving her to fend for herself and their child, who needs extra care.
But James tells a different story. "I have not abandoned him," he insisted. "Since separating from Noella, I've paid nearly $100,000 in housing. I've paid over $50,000 in household goods and supplies for him. Over $15,000 in child care and therapy. I continue to support my son and always will."
According to James, his divorce from Noella was granted in Puerto Rico, from where he filed, on Dec. 8.
Shortly after the videos were posted, Noella took to her own page.
"Today my ex called me for the first time in 5 months. He asked for my help with his PR. I said of course," she explained. "I told him to stop holding up support, get his son a gift for Xmas & that I was going to use my settlement to buy a home for our family and I'd publicly thank him. Hours later he posted this."
Noella claims she was "very protective of [James] during filming" and that she had "real, criminal & horrifying" receipts to prove it; however, she doesn't "ever want them to see the light of day" for the sake of their son.
She went on to address the numerous "lies" James allegedly told in his videos.
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"That I chose the show over our marriage," she began. "James wanted me on the show to promote his brand. He was my biggest cheerleader throughout the process. Only after his background check revealed he had lied to me for years about his tax debts did he hesitate. At this point, 4 days before filming, it was too late to pull out and frankly the show was the only thing keeping him honest."
As for his claim that she was "going to file for separation which made him file for divorce," Noella explained, "I retained an attorney with his blessing. He paid the retainer! What James was telling me about his partner's indictment, financial divorce from his ex & his tax debts didn't make sense to me. I wanted a 3rd party to confirm he was being truthful. He wasn't but I still did not file."
The third "lie" Noella addressed was James' claim that he's "paid support" for Junior.
"James cut my cc's when he left and emptied my savings," she told her followers. "He cut my Venmo & PayPal which I use to pay our son's therapists. I have to send him invoices which he often pays late resulting in our son not getting treatment that week. I have a cc number on Instacart & Amazon. That is how my family has made it these past months. He has not paid rent and we're in fear of eviction every day."
Noella also shot down James' claim that the two are divorced, saying, "James filed for divorce in Puerto Rico abusing their courts to serve his shady tax scheme. It is under appeal since Puerto Rico does not have jurisdiction given we are California residents and were married here."
The final "lie" Noella addressed was the way James presented himself as a father.
"James has been in & out of OC multiple times in the past 5 months shooting a commercial, getting Botox & going out but hasn't seen his son once," she claimed. "Seriously."