Erika Jayne says she ‘dreaded waking up’ and was eventually prescribed antidepressants to cope

Erika Jayne
Erika Jayne discussed being prescribed antidepressants on this season of ‘RHOBH.’ Gregg DeGuire/WireImage
  • Erika Jayne opened up about being prescribed the antidepressant Lexapro.
  • In a sneak peek at the new season of “RHOBH,” Jayne tells the other women she “dreaded waking up.”
  • Jayne’s divorce and legal drama with estranged husband Tom Girardi will play out in season 11.
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In a sneak peek at the upcoming season of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (“RHOBH”), Erika Jayne opens up to the friend group about her depression and her decision to go on antidepressants.

“Like all of us, I’m busy all the time, and when I came home from New York, it was really silent. And then when I didn’t have anything to do, I was walking the halls of the house, and I couldn’t sleep, and I couldn’t shake it, and I couldn’t shake it…I was feeling this incredible…dread,” Jayne told the women.

“Every day I woke up and I dreaded waking up,” she added.

Erika Jayne has been a cast member on the Bravo series since 2015

Jayne, 49, has starred on Bravo’s “RHOBH” since the show’s sixth season in 2015. The show follows women in Beverly Hills as they navigate life, love, family, and friendship. In addition to Jayne, this season’s cast is comprised of Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Dorit Kemsley, Garcelle Beauvais, Sutton Stracke, and Crystal Kung Minkoff, while Kathy Hilton – Kyle’s half-sister – currently serves as a “friend” to the housewives.

In January 2020, Jayne debuted on Broadway as Roxie Hart in the musical “Chicago.” But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York, Broadway shut down in March, weeks shy of Jayne’s last show date on March 29.

Clearly, according to what Jayne told her costars, coming home from New York and not having anything to do really unsettled her.

Erika Jayne
Erika Jayne poses backstage after making her broadway debut in the hit musical ‘Chicago’ on Broadway at The Ambassador Theater on January 6, 2020 in New York City. Bruce Glikas/WireImage

The stresses of the pandemic eventually led Jayne to seek psychiatric help, she told her “RHOBH” costars.

“I called a psychiatrist and I went on Lexapro. It’s an antidepressant. And it was the greatest thing,” she said. “I did not want to have to see a psychiatrist. I felt that it was a sign of defeat,” said Erika.

This season will see Jayne’s divorce and legal drama play out on-screen

Jayne has opened up about many facets of her life during her tenure on the show, including being born and raised in Atlanta, working at a strip club in New Jersey, and caring for her son as a single mother in Los Angeles, all before meeting her currently estranged husband of 21 years, former attorney Tom Girardi.

While she is the most straight-shooting yet glamorous (and arguably lovable) “Beverly Hills” housewife, Jayne has not been one to easily succumb to drama, on- or off-screen. Yet when season 11 premieres this Wednesday, she will be the main focus, as her divorce proceedings and legal troubles with Girardi take center stage, as evidenced by the season’s dramatic first-look trailer.

Girardi, 81, who Jayne filed for divorce from in November 2020, is being accused of misappropriating millions of dollars in client-owed funds. According to bankruptcy-court documents filed in March, Girardi is in debt to the tune of at least $56 million.

Girardi and Jayne
Jayne and her husband, Tom Girardi. Backgrid

Girardi was placed in a temporary conservatorship earlier this year after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Los Angeles Times. His brother, Robert Girardi, became conservator and Girardi was moved to inactive status by the California Bar.

In one of the most high-profile suits against Girardi, he’s accused of embezzling over $2 million in settlement funds which are owed to the families of Boeing plane-crash victims. Amid these allegations, Jayne’s finances are also being investigated, as she’s being accused of helping Tom hide some of his assets from creditors.

It’s not clear how much of Jayne’s legal troubles will play out on this season. But like the season trailer, the sneak peek clip teases this storyline, with Jayne referencing her personal life and the big problems she’s facing.

“There’s so much that these women don’t know about my life, and about my personal life. Because you know what? Everyone has problems. Everyone. And the bigger your life is, the bigger your problems are,” Jayne said in a confessional.

Season 11 of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” premieres this Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo.