Real Housewives of Orange County star Shannon Beador is familiar with messy divorces. Shannon really went through it during her marriage to David Beador. RHOC viewers watched the fallout from David’s affair, and the couple’s attempt at some very odd marriage counseling. The image of Shannon pretending to be deceased while David spoke to her was creepy.
In October of 2017, David and Shannon separated. The divorce was vicious, with disputes over finances and the couple’s three daughters. In April of 2019, the couple finally reached a divorce settlement.
So, while Shannon dislikes all RHOC newbies, she has taken a shine to Noella Bergener. And Noella is having a rough first season. It all started when Noella found out, from the blogs, that her husband, James Bergener, owed $5 million in back taxes to the IRS and the State of California. Oof.
Then James hit Noella with divorce papers that he filed in Puerto Rico. James claimed that he hadn’t been living with Noella and their 2-year-old son. RHOC viewers saw a devastated Noella when she found out about James filing for divorce. James allegedly cut off her credit cards and left her without any way to access any funds. He seems like a real charmer.
Shannon can relate to Noella’s marital woes. “Our circumstances are a little bit different, and to be honest with you, I think she was blindsided more than I was, and that’s why I have empathy for her — and I still do have that empathy,” Shannon stated.
Noella and James continued to spar in the public eye over the last several weeks. Their posts are confusing and contradict each other, so I have no idea what the hell is happening.
Noella took to Instagram to explain how poorly she, and her son, were being treated. “To this date James has not visited our son or giving me any explanation for his departure,” Noella wrote.
She said, “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 unless I sign a statement saying that I lied about him, his business partner and his brand.”
James posted three videos on his Instagram, where he blasted Noella. He claimed that Noella changed as filming for RHOC neared. He also stated that he had paid $150,000 for his son’s care.
Noella responded by reposting one of James’ videos on Instagram. She explained in the caption that James called her for the first time in 5 months to ask for help with his PR as a personal injury attorney.
“I told him to stop holding up support,” Noella wrote, “…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.” Then, hours later, James shared his damning videos.
Shannon told Entertainment Tonight that she is the closest RHOC cast member to Noella. “I’ve texted with her a little bit, and I just say I’m here for her if she needs anything, because I know how difficult it is,” Shannon shared. She doesn’t think that Noella and James should be fighting it out on social media.
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She stated, “My position is always not to argue with anyone on social media, because then people weigh in and have opinions and it’s none of their business.” Shannon added, “So, I feel bad for her that it’s public, but I think he went out there and made some videos and I guess at some point you feel you have to respond. It’s a nasty situation.”
And social media recently caused a bit of a problem for Shannon. James posted his videos on Instagram, and Shannon was the only RHOC cast member who was following his account. Entertainment Tonight mentioned the follow to Shannon during their phone interview, and she had no idea that she was following James.
“I must’ve pressed follow by mistake, because I didn’t intend to follow it,” Shannon remarked. “Shoot! I better unfollow it right now.” Something tells me that Noella will forgive Shannon. These two will be thick as thieves this season, probably out of necessity.
TELL US- ARE NOELLA AND SHANNON FRIENDS OUT OF NECESSITY? DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT JAMES SAID IN HIS VIDEOS? DO YOU LIKE NOELLA AS A CAST MEMBER ON RHOC?
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