RHOC’s Noella Bergener SOBS as husband ‘shuts off her credit cards’ after serving her divorce papers amid $6M tax debt

RHOC’s Noella Bergener sobbed as her husband "shut off her credit cards” after serving her divorce papers amid his $6 MILLION tax debt.

On tonight’s episode of the Bravo show, the reality star was shocked as she learned of her husband, James Bergener’s, massive tax debt before being served divorce documents. 

The RHOC newbie FaceTimed her costar and friend, Shannon Beador, emotionally distressed and cried as she explained the difficult situation.

“Somebody came to serve papers, divorce papers. He’s been in Puerto Rico. And it’s all in Spanish,” Noella revealed. 

A stunned Shannon could only simply ask “what?” as she clutched her chest. 

Noella continued: “His wardrobe’s here, his stuff is here… his car’s here. His life is here. He shut off the credit cards.

“I’m lost. I’m completely lost, I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to think. It’s a bad dream. Just a really, really bad dream. I’m trying to get, you know, to speak to an attorney and just so what happens next.”

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Following learning of his “secret” tax debts, the brunette beauty then began to sob as she explained: “He made an error and he needs to repair it. 

“But I never thought that this would be the end of a marriage. You know, I never thought that that would mean that I’m a single mom with our son. 

“I just want my husband to come and tell me what the hell is going on? Like my son was just diagnosed with Autism in May. My mom was hospitalized in June.”

Noella’s husband currently $5.8 million in tax debt that dates back to 2018.

Originally, Noella claimed she knew “nothing” about his financial crisis and when he did tell her – she was under the impression it was one tax lien for $4 million. 

However, a second lien added another $2 million to their massive debt ceiling – making the amount owed to the IRS nearly $6M. 

Last month, The Sun exclusively revealed that Noella is demanding legal and physical custody of their two-year-old son, James Jr. amid their nasty divorce.


In court documents first exclusively obtained by The Sun, Noella said she wants James to pay spousal support as well as her attorney fees. 

The reality star, who was named as one of the newest OC Housewives early this year as first confirmed by The Sun, said in the documents she would allow James visitation with their child. 

James and Noella share two-year-old son, James Jr., together.

The court ultimately determines any child support that would be awarded. 

In the new petition, Noella noted that she doesn’t know the exact amount of their assets and debts and reserved the right to update that information at a later date. 

The couple were married in June of 2020 and James first filed for divorce from his wife in August in Puerto Rico, as TMZ reported. 

Sources told the outlet the RHOC star was "blindsided" by the filing, adding that James does not currently live at the Orange County home they share together. 

The split seems to be mutual, as RadarOnline reported Noella also filed for legal separation on August 2.  


In filing for legal separation, Noella was not filing to end her marriage, however this new petition for marital dissolution ultimately would. 

James has yet to respond to either of Noella’s petitions.  

Noella's estranged husband first filed for divorce shortly after he was accused of owing nearly $6 million in back taxes. 

He is a well known attorney in Southern California, while many locals will recognize him from his billboards and advertisements that are placed throughout the area. 

According to RadarOnline, "the IRS and the State of California filed liens against Noella's husband who runs a successful law firm named Sweet James." 

James has been accused of "refusing to pay $1,878,438 for 2018 and $2,166,680 for 2019." 

Meanwhile, he reportedly owes the State of California $1,851,225.04 for both 2018 and 2019. 


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