According to a new report, the newest cast member of The Real Housewives of Orange County learned about her partner’s tax debt just one week before she and her new castmates began filming the series’ upcoming 16th season. And, as she revealed, it was not James who told her about the issue.
“I was just as shocked and disgusted to find out a week before filming…and not from husband,” Noella wrote in a comment shared to a report from All About the Real Housewives. “My marriage has been a fight every day since. I am being very open about my journey and looking at every option to settle my husband’s debts.”
“Stay tuned and please keep me in your prayers during this difficult time for me and my young family,” she added.
In court documents shared earlier this week by Radar Online, it was noted that a federal tax lien was filed against James on June 3, accusing him of owing the IRS $1,878,438 for 2018 and $2,166,680 for 2019. It was also revealed that a July 7 tax lien from the state of California accused him of being backed up to the tune of $1,851,225.04 for the same years.
Shortly after Noella’s role was reported, Braunwyn told Entertainment Tonight she was “a little bit heartbroken, to say the least.”
“I was really looking forward to filming with her,” she continued. “I’ve never done the show with a friend. I’ve never really done the show with anyone that even liked me a little bit. So I was really looking forward [to that] after how hard last year was.”
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