Noella Bergener is dating someone new less than a year after filing for legal separation from James Bergener.
“There’s somebody that I have known for years,” the “Real Housewives of Orange County” star revealed during Wednesday’s episode of Us Weekly’s “Getting Real with the Housewives” podcast.
“He knew me married and knew my husband. That’s not weird at all, but we just have a lot of love and respect for each other.”
Noella, 36, explained that her new man – who she did not name – helped support her during her tumultuous separation.
“He was one of those that just constantly checked in on me,” she shared. “Like the moment James left, just like, ‘How are you? Did you need anything? Do the kids need anything?’ Like, one of those.”
The “RHOC” newbie divulged that she and her mystery beau have been seeing each other for about a month.
“It’s just slow. It’s very, very fresh,” she said. “So, who knows. At the end of the day, I have an amazing friend, but right now, we’re friends who kiss.”
Noella, who shares 2-year-old son James Jr. with her ex, has made various claims about what led to her and James’ split.
Most recently, Noella shared a lengthy Instagram post alleging that the two reached an agreement in mediation in September, but James has yet to sign the alleged agreement.
“All I’m asking for is that he sign our agreement from mediation since September,” she wrote on Dec. 30. “Let me go. Stop controlling me with money. Stop stressing me with not knowing where our son is sleeping next week.”
The reality star further alleged that James has yet to see their shared son, who has autism, since the breakup.
“He has been in OC multiple times in the past months and has to this date not seen him since he left,” she wrote in the same post. “Again James has not paid a dime in support… the childcare & therapy are invoices that I have to send him and often pays late resulting in missed care.”
For his part, James’ attorneys released a statement on Dec. 29 denying some of his ex’s claims.
“He has paid substantial sums in childcare, housing, therapy, health insurance, food, other expenses for his son, and amounts that supplement Noella’s lifestyle,” the statement read. “James feels Noella is withholding their son and using the media to get more than she is entitled. James feels extorted.”
“The Real Housewives of Orange County” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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