After the Bravo newbie accused James of abandoning both her and their son and failing to pay “a dime in support” for their family, he released a statement through his attorney in which he slammed Noella’s “false accusations” but said he wouldn’t “publicly disparage” her.
“I look forward to addressing all these false accusations in a courtroom,” his statement, shared with PEOPLE on December 21, read. “A judge in Puerto Rico, where I am a resident, has already granted our divorce. Ultimately Noella is the mother of my child and I will not publicly disparage her.”
According to the report, the RHOC cast member, who had been with James for six years and married to the attorney since June 2020, filed for a legal separation in August, citing “irreconcilable differences.” And that same month, she was served with divorce papers from James.
In Noella’s Instagram post, which she shared on Sunday, she admitted her split from James was “brutal to relive.”
“[Five] months ago my husband and partner of [six] years left the house with his toothbrush leaving behind his life, family and home. He ended our marriage with service of divorce papers from Puerto Rico. Which he doesn’t qualify for since we are California citizens and nothing untoward happened in our marriage there,” she wrote. “We had been arguing since I found out of his tax debts through gossip sites 3 weeks prior and was confused with his push back to selling our vacation home to cover them.”
Noella also said James “has not visited our son or given me any explanation for his departure” and suggested he “fled the state to evade service.”
“My cards are still shut off, he hasn’t paid a dime in support, he stopped paying for our home and is currently holding up our divorce,” she explained.
Along with the Instagram post, Noella shared a sneak peek at tonight’s new episode of RHOC in which she was seen discussing her and James’ split with co-star Nicole James and telling her she needed to “find [James] in order to turn back on the credit cards and make sure the rent gets paid and in order to move forward with my son’s therapy.”
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