Noella Bergener was a one-season addition to the Real Housewives of Orange County. She was introduced in the 16th season of the drama-filled reality show and then quickly fired by the end of the season.
So, who is she and what did she do before her time on this show? What was her time on the show like? Did fans hate her or were they upset to see her go? What controversies has she been in if any? Learn all of that and more below. Here is everything you need to know about the controversial Orange County Housewife, Noella Bergener.
Noella Bergener Early Life
Noella Bergener was born on June 14th in the year 1985. This would make her currently 37 years old. She was born and raised in California. Noella is very open and proud about the fact that she is biracial, bisexual, and bilingual. She also considers herself a liberal. Her father’s name was Christopher Nance. He was a weatherman for NBC. She had a complicated relationship with him growing up, though they reconnected in his later years of life. He worked closely with several charities and campaigns to save children in need. Before dying he was also the oldest living man in the United States with sickle cell anemia.
Noella’s mother is named Nicholette Ortega Nance. Noella’s mother was a housewife and homemaker. She has been featured several times on Noella Bergener’s Instagram account. Noella was also very close with her grandparents growing up.
Her Career Before The RHOC
Before joining the Orange County division of the Real Housewives cast, Noella Bergener was a model. Her modeling career was and continues to be very successful. Noella began her modeling career on catwalks. Her first runways were for several couture brands including Chanel. She has been on the cover of magazines such as Esquire and Flirt magazine.
Noella was also very active and popular on social media. So much so that she could be considered an influencer. She has had several brand deals and sponsored advertisements on her Instagram account.
Her Time On RHOC
Noella Bergener has been very open about the fact that she has always loved the Real Housewives shows. Prior to even auditioning to be on the show, Noella had seen every episode of every season. It was no surprise to her friends or family when she auditioned to be on the reality show. When Noella was cast in season 16 of RHOC it made history for the show. This was because Noella was the first Black Housewife on the show. However, she would only remain on the show for one season.
Why Was Noella Bergener Fired?
Noella Bergener received a lot of backlash for her time on the show, especially from her castmates. Several of her co-stars said that she focused too much on her own problems without really ever listening to theirs. It is true that Noella focused a lot on the difficulties she was facing, but the fact of the matter is she was facing an incredibly difficult year in her personal life.
She was going through a dramatic and public divorce, supporting her mother through going to the hospital, and getting an official Autism diagnosis for her son. So it’s completely understandable that she had a lot to talk about when it came to her personal life. Many fans were upset about the first and only Black Housewife being fired after only one season. Other fans were okay with the decision as they did not like her.
Noella Bergener Relationships and Kids
Noella Bergener married James Bergener in 2020. They had been dating one another for five years before tying the knot. James served Noella with divorce papers in July of 2021. Noella filed for a legal separation from James the following month. Their divorce was finalized in December of 2021. It is unclear why the couple broke up. Noella claims that James was in tax debt for close to six million dollars. James, however, claims that Noella lost herself as she prepped for being on the RHOC. Noella has dated since her divorce but is currently single.
Similar to many other Real Housewives cast members, Noella Bergener has children. She has a 7-year-old daughter named Coco and a son that is 2 years old named James. In May of this year, she completed the process of getting her son officially diagnosed with Autism. She has been very open about the process of educating herself in this matter to be a better mother to him.
Noella Bergener was the first Black woman on the Real Housewives of Orange County. She has also been incredibly open about her sexuality, her politics, and her struggles as a single mother. While she will no longer be on RHOC, she will continue her online career and possibly go back into modeling. Noella Bergener has also become the CEO of Playland. This is a sex-positive and inclusive adult toy store.