Heather and husbandTerry Dubrow have four kids together: twins Nicholas and Maximillia, 8, Katarina, 5, and Collette, 10 months. Despite her husband’s profession, Heather boasts in her Bravo bio that she has “never had plastic surgery” other than Botox and filler. Not quite sure we’re buying that!
As for what we can expect this season, Vicki, still in the process of divorcing Donn, puts her house up for sale and introduces the wives to Brooks Ayers, her new Southern boyfriend. While finalizing her divorce from her ex-husband, Simon Barney, Tamra begins to take her relationship with boyfriend Eddie Judge to the next level.
Meanwhile, Gretchen begins a daring new chapter in her life when she takes to the stage as a singer and dancer with the Pussycat Dolls, as her relationship with Sladebecomes strained due to his past issues with Vicki and Tamra. Alexis has no storyline “continues to test the boundaries of independence with her husband Jim when she gets a job as a correspondent with a local morning news show” and struggles with being a working mom.
The press release also states that longtime foes Tamra and Gretchen finally decide to bury the hatchet and begin a blossoming friendship, leaving Alexis fearing that she is losing Gretchen — a.k.a. her only ally on the show.
RHOC returns to Bravo on Tuesday, February 7 (9/8c). Below is a video interview with new housewife Heather!
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TELL US – EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON? THOUGHTS ON THE STORYLINES?
There’s something different about Alexis Bellino. Is it her new nose perhaps?
The Real Housewives of Orange County star is finally admitting to a nose job – her first facial plastic surgery, or so she claims! Speaking to the Orange County Register, Alexis explains it’s nothing drastic, but people are wondering if something about her face has changed!
“Most people don’t even know I had a nose job,” she said of the new schnoz she purchased in mid-October, “They notice something [new] about me. It’s perked up my face.”
Alexis reveals it was not only vanity that led her to alter the face God gave her; it was a medical procedure! According to Alexis she got the surgery to help with the debilitating sinus infections she has suffered from for years. And while she was at it, she decided to change the way her nose looked. Apparently there was a bump resulting from when she broke her nose at age six.
Sadly, Alexis says she experienced a difficult recovery which took “weeks longer” because it was more than just a cosmetic procedure and she is still slightly swollen. But she loves her new nose! And so does Dr. Niccole! “Wait ’til you see her nose. It’s just perfect,” he enthused. “I don’t want to brag, she’s a pretty girl, I didn’t have Jimmy durante’s nose [to work with]. But wait ’til you see her. It’s really gorgeous.”
Who else loves her new sniffer? Husband,Jim-Blob Bellino! “Oh, he loves it,” Dr Niccole assured. “Thank God. I prayed for about a week on that one.”
For those of you wondering how changing her nose coincides with Alexis’ strict Christian beliefs – there’s no conflicts. WWJD? According to Alexis, He would get a nose job if it made him happy! “I believe it is okay for me to have a procedure done on my body because it boosts my confidence and I believe that God wants me to be happy,” Alexis recently stated in a blog defending her plastic surgery and wardrobe choices. Well, whatever makes you happy Jesus Barbie!
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THOUGHTS ON ALEXIS’ NEW NOSE? CAN YOU EVEN TELL THE DIFFERENCE? DO YOU BELIEVE SHE SHOULD STOP WITH THE PLASTIC SURGERY?
Gretchen Rossi is talking the upcoming season of Real Housewives of OC, specifically new Housewife Heather Dubrow. It sounds like Heather was in for a wild ride of Housewives hazing before settling in and being accepted into the cast full of catty over-grown mean girls.
Speaking to Us Magazine, Gretchen reveals “we were pretty hard on her.” Although Gretchen is not revealing who that “her” is, because Bravo has yet to confirm that Heather, who has been spotted filming several times with the cast and was mentioned by Vicki Gunvalson in a recent interview, is the newest Housewife! “At first I didn’t like her, but now I really like her,” Gretchen explains.
“As I’ve gotten to know her the friendship has blossomed. She’s blunt and she’s very straight forward yet she has a very classic and sophisticated appeal to her. I think the audience is really going to like her. ”
And poor Heather was definitely put through the wringer! “We just gave her a hard time and every time she said something we’d just be rolling our eyes or doing something, but nothing too harsh,” Gretchen informs us. “We don’t make her go running in her underwear around the street or anything like that!” Oh, how kind of you…
In other RHOC news, Gretchen and her boyfriend, fiancé, leased object, partner – whatever –Slade Smiley hosted a cancer benefit this past week and the OC Register was on hand to cover the event. The event, Magic of Giving, was hosted in honor Slade’s son Grayson Smiley, who is battling a rare form of brain cancer and has undergone seven brain surgeries. Slade has credited much of his financial difficulty to providing treatment for his son’s care, for which as you can imagine, bills are exorbitant.
The $50 a head gala, held at Victor Paul Salon raised money for the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, which assists cancer families experiencing financial difficulty by helping to pay medical bills.
The evening featured a magic show by famous illusionist Anthony “the Magic” Hernandez and was attended by several other celebrities, including Project Runway’s Michael Costello. The entire OC cast was in attendance (including Heather), as Bravo was filming the evening for the upcoming season!
Vicki, who attended the event with boyfriend Brooks Ayers, was happy to be included. And singing a different tune she had nothing but empathy for Slade’s situation! Hmmm… is it because she now knows from experience?
“We’re all either stricken or know somebody that has been stricken with cancer. My heart goes out to Slade,” Vicki sympathized. Her own daughter Briana Wolfsmith (who eloped this week) has undergone tests for cancerous tissues.
“Anything I can do to help Grayson, I will,” Vicki continued. “Everything aside, and it’s about this little boy. At the end of the day, we are all compassionate. That’s why we’re here. We love little Grayson. I’ve known him for eight years now. He doesn’t deserve this. It’s a tough life for him.”
“I’m very thrilled people that people are willing to give up their time to support something like this,” Slade announced. “Everyone’s affected in some way.” As for his take on the upcoming season 7 of RHOC, which is currently filming, Slade promises big changes!
“You’ll see a lot this season, a lot of relationships have evolved and changed,” Slade revealed. “There’s been a major attempt at mending broken fences. There is still some conflict within the women, but they all came together for Beckstrand.” Indeed, based on some recent photos taken during filming; it seems the ladies are making an effort to put pettiness aside and strive for a more fun-loving, positive seventh season! Here’s hoping, at least…
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THOUGHTS ON GRETCHEN’S COMMENTS ABOUT HEATHER? THOUGHTS ON THE MAGIC OF GIVING EVENT; SURPSIED THAT THE ENTIRE CAST ATTENDED? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE UPCOMING SEASON OF REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY?
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For starters, did Briana inform her mother, Vicki Gunvalsonof the Real Housewives of Orange County, about her plans to elope? Or did Vicki find out about her daughter’s wedding much later? Well, it appears the later might have been the case.
See Reality Tea has uncovered Briana’s marriage certificate (posted below), which shows she actually tied the knot with Marine Ryan Culberson on October 23, 2011.
This date is important as Vicki was busy announcing her daughter’s engagement on November 3! A week and a half after her daughter tied the knot in Las Vegas.
The November 3 date is, however, also significant as it’s listed as the “record date” on the marriage certificate. The “marriage date” is 10/23/2011.
So did Briana tell her mom she was engaged almost 2 weeks after tying the knot? It would appear so. Unless Vicki was simply trying to keep the Real Housewives of OC season 7 storyline under wraps.
We will find out soon. The RHOC continues to film and is scheduled to debut on Bravo very early next year. As for Vicki, she has yet to respond to our original report, simply tweeting the following yesterday: “Im thankful for my family and fans.”
Vicki and daughter Briana have had their ups and downs. Vicki even revealed on the RHOC reunion back in June that Briana “turned on” her and started being disrespectful to her after she chose to divorce husband Donn Gunvalson.
Our insider tells us the union between the recently divorced Ryan and Briana was a “quick engagement and marriage.” Below is Briana’s Vegas wedding certificate –
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? DO YOU THINK BRIANA HID HER WEDDING FROM VICKI?
While Briana’s mom Vicki Gunvalsonannounced her engagement November 3 via Twitter, a source confirms to Reality Tea that Briana, a 24-year-old nurse, has actually eloped and gotten married in Las Vegas!
Briana’s new husband is Ryan Culberson, a military man and a North Carolina native. As of the moment, there is no word yet on how long they’ve dated or known each other. It’s presumably less than a year as Vicki was still trying to set her daughter up on the last season of the RHOC. Our source tells us they met at a bar.
Our source also adds that Ryan, a Marine, has been previously married before and is actually recently divorced — having ended his marriage at the end of 2010.
No word yet on how Vicki feels about her daughter eloping though we will likely find out on the upcoming season of the RHOC — which is currently filming.
Congrats to Briana!
In other OC news, Vicki recently posted some new photos to her Facebook page of herself and her costars plus boyfriend Brooks Ayers. Those are below!
The Real Estalker first broke the news of Alexis’s fancy new home. While it still remains unclear if Alexis actually purchased the home with hubbyJim Bellino, or is renting the fancy digs, what is clear is that she now resides in the three-story Mediterranean-style house! The price on the home? Listings have ranged from $4,999,999 to $5,900,000 within the last year.
Alexis’s new home is 7,146 square feet and boasts five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. The home also comes with an elevator, eight-car garage, a rooftop deck, private beach access plus ocean views from nearly every room.
If you recall, on the OC reunion show this year, Alexis denied rumors of financial troubles and then promised her and hubby Jim would be paying cash on their next home purchase! Though it’s still a puzzle on how a couple goes from being in foreclosure and filing bankruptcy for their company (one of Jim’s businesses) to residing in a $5 mil mansion — all within a year! Perhaps the new season of the RHOC will shed some light on this.
In the meantime, more photos of Alexis’ new home are below!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON ALEXIS NEW HOME?
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Speaking candidly, Vicki admits that being the OG of the OC makes her “feel old” as each new cast member comes “a little younger and prettier.” Although she is happy with new Housewife on the block Heather Dubrow, who she describes as genuine and “very, very sweet,” Vicki also appreciates that at 41; Heather is “a little bit older,” instead of a “32-year-old that’s never had children.” (I wonder who that could be referring to, ahem… Gretchen Rossi!).
As for dealing with new Housewives Vicki, who describes the Housewives franchises as “like a sorority”, doesn’t hesitate to participate in a little OC Housewives Hazing! “It’s all the way they approach the seasoned cast members, which is Tamra [Barney]and I,” Vicki says of newbies joining the show. “We try to bring ‘em in with open arms and sometimes they come in with claws.”
“Sometimes you have to go ‘Really girl? Step back a little bit!’ and put them in their place and then everybody fights!” It’s nice to know Vicki and Tamra are still BFF. Apparently Heather got off on the right foot because Vicki reveals filming together is a “great experience.”
This season she says the ladies are a little older and a little wiser and there is less bickering (thank goodness!), but lots of “interesting things” happening, including a cast camping trip! “We don’t really know what our reality is from day to day. Every day is a new day,” she says of participating in a reality show.
Apparently Gretchen and Tamra are <gasp> actually getting along! “Gretchen is realizing there’s two sides to every story and I see Gretchen and Tamra trying to resolve some of their issues,” Vicki reveals.
“They are never going to be best friends, but we’re growing up and maturing on TV and nobody wants to see women fight. And if you do [fight], do so in a respectful manner. Not name calling, not hurt people,” she declares, perhaps sending Bravo a message! “I’m hopeful everyone can get along and be class acts. My goal is try to get everybody to help each other.”
When asked about last season focusing on her divorce from ex-husband, Donn Gunvalson, Vicki describes that having the end of her decades long marriage play out on camera was “obviously very, very difficult.”
“I never really wanted any of my marriage demise to be on camera,” Vicki explains, adding that she “pretended everything was fine” to the producers to avoid the drama being included in the show. Unfortunately, the production company “saw right through the film” and confronted her about the state of her relationship with Donn because otherwise her only storyline was insurance! Vicki shares that while pretending to be happy, she was actually filing for divorce and eventually confessed that her marriage was “done.”
Despite her protests, Vicki says the producers said “we have to film this” and she relented allowing it be included in the show. As for the accusations that her addiction to work contributed to her marriage falling apart, Vicki insists that’s not true. “They don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Donn and I are very private people,” she explains. “We will never disclose what happened.”
“It takes two to get divorced. If Donn wanted to still be married to me, we would still be married.” Although, Vicki assures us that despite rumors of infidelity none took place and the split was “amicable.” “I never cheated on Donn the entire time we’ve been married – absolutely not,” she states, insisting she’s never heard “that rumor,” because she doesn’t read the tabloids or blogs anymore.
“That’s the kinda stuff that really makes you throw up. It’s like really? Everyone can just sit there and say anything about you and you have to defend yourself all day long,” Vicki scoffs of tabloid gossip.
Finally, Vicki talked about her new relationship with OC deadbeat dad 2.0 boyfriend Brooks, who she revealed via Twitter will be making an appearance on Housewives this season! As for their relationship, they are taking it slow since she is a “damaged soldier.”
“I’m a hopeless romantic and Brooks and I have a wonderful relationship, but I’m taking it slow,” she reveals. “I’m gonna be 50 this year. I deserve to be loved and he loves me, I deserve to be happy and I am happy with him, but I am also not rushing into anything.”
Refusing to answer any questions about Brooks’ arrest for not paying child support, Vicki became very defensive snapping “You know, what I thought we were talking about Cilea today? Brooks’ business is Brooks’ business;” insisting he has no troubles with the law!
“I am not on the radio to defend my boyfriend. He’s a great guy or I wouldn’t be with him. Period. I really, really don’t want to discuss Brooks’ personal stuff,” she added. “He fell behind on child support and it’s all cleared up now. We all have a past and that’s past.” And there you have it. Slade Smiley’s child support woes are free game and Brooks Ayers’ are not! #Hypocritemuch?
As for what’s next for the insurance hawker, besides planning daughter Briana Wolfsmith’s upcoming nuptials, Vicki reveals she is “slowing the train down a little bit”, but has hopes of writing a finance book about saving for retirement.
She is also undecided about whether or not a season 8 of RHOC’s in store for her just in case Bravo fires her. “From year to year I have to evaluate it. Have to take it day by day and year by year. It’s so hard to predict,” she says of returning next season. “At the end of the day I still have my job, I still have my family” which is more important to her than Housewives. As well it should be!
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THOUGHTS ON VICKI’S INTERVIEWS AND HER COMMENTS ABOUT THE PRODUCERS BASICALLY INSISTING SHE FILM THE DEMISE OF HER MARRIAGE? DO YOU THINK THIS SEASON OF RHOC WILL BE BETTER? ARE YOU SURPRISED VICKI IS STILL DATING BROOKS?
With Real Housewives of Orange County in the midst of filming Season 7 the OG of Housewives are coming out in force to self-promote the most boring of the HW franchise!
The original Jesus Barbie, Alexis Bellino (who is competing with RHONJ’s Melissa Gorga for the esteemed title), is speaking out about merging faith with Botox and Jesus with Juvederm. Taking to her website, Alexis blogs about being a good Christian with her DD enhancements! How dare anyone accuse her otherwise.
“It seems everyone is looking for contradictory behavior that ‘proves’ I’m not a ‘real’ Christian,” she snips. “Here’s an example: Some have said, ‘If you believe in God and that He has a plan, isn’t it going against His plan to alter your body with breast augmentation or Botox?'” According to Alexis – no, it’s not!
Shorts-shorts be damned! “Part of me wants to slap on my shortest shorts, hop on my soapbox in my highest spike heels and start yelling out things like, ‘What kind of Christian would YOU like me to be?’ Um, one who doesn’t appear on my TV?
“What kind of Christian — who isn’t supposed to judge — would say that someone isn’t a ‘real’ Christian because of a wardrobe choice,” she ponders? “When I decided to come onto Real Housewives, I did so for a few reasons, not the least of which was to raise up the Lord so that even if one young woman saw that I believed, they could too.”
“I believe it is okay for me to have a procedure done on my body because it boosts my confidence and I believe that God wants me to be happy.”
Alexis is also fired up that some people would have the audacity to question whether it was faithful of her to appear on Playboy Radio! Seriously? “I have knowingly opened myself up to be criticized, chastised, and judged. But when I post something on Facebook about going on Playboy Radio and I am told I’m not Christian, it makes me scratch my head,” she seethes.
“Did you know that Playboy gives millions of dollars to charities all over the world, including March of Dimes, and several other children’s organizations?” Except… oh, nevermind! Don’t bother calling Alexis a hypocrite – because she doesn’t know the meaning of the word!
In other OC news, Vicki Gunvalson took a break from work to celebrate some good news! Her daughter Briana Wolfsmith is engaged! The 24 year-old nurse’s engagement was announced by Vicki via Twitter! No word on who the mystery fiancé is… yet! Happy news for the couple! I wonder if her wedding will be featured in the upcoming OC storyline?
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THOUGHTS ON ALEXIS’ STATEMENTS ABOUT PLASTIC SURGER AND FAITH? WAS IT WRONG FOR HER TO APPEAR ON PLAYBOY RADIO? THOUGHTS ON BRIANA’S ENGAGEMENT?