I think it was a genuine mistake. She went on the show with a mission - to sell the cover story she and Tom concocted. But because it’s so convoluted, as well as just plain untruthful, it’s hard to keep things straight.
As everyone knows, Erika has always been really guarded and private, and would only disclose things when asked/pushed. But this season, notice how she talks about her situation incessantly, even volunteers information, and is often steering conversations back to her. Again, her mission this season was to look for any opportunity to sell her story, and I’m sure she th