We’re midway through the sixth season of the Real Housewives of Orange Countyso what better time to bring you some before/old school/blackmail photos of your favorite OC housewives. On the top left is none other than Tamra Sue Barney and on the right is a teenage Gretchen Rossi! (Feel free to click on either image to make it bigger).
Below are way more before they were famous photos including some shots of Alexis Bellino and hubby Jim Bellino before any plastic surgery, Peggy Tanous during her modeling days, a much younger Vicki Gunvalson and hubby Donn. Plus more awesome shots of Tamra & her wild 80s hairstyles, and more Gretchen!
In a new interview with CNN, Vicki, 48, actually feels that the Bravo hit show definitely contributed to her separation from husband of 16 years Donn Gunvalson.
“Six years ago when Donn and I started, we didn’t have 90 percent of the problems that we have now and I truly believe it is the show,” says Vicki who filed for divorce back in October. Vicki and Donn, who were still living together following the filing, have since listed their OC home for sale last month.
Along with the show, Vicki also blames her busy career for her split from Donn. “[W]e had a good foundation. We really felt like we could battle it and the reality was I got too busy for him. My business in itself – I have 400 agents and 12 employees and I’m at the office a lot because I was trying to film TV in there and then he felt deflated… the center of my universe was not my husband,” she says. “I didn’t have anything left for him and we grew distant. If I didn’t have the show I would have had more time for him. That’s the reality.”
Vicki goes on to add that while being on TV played a role in the failure of her marriage, it’s also a matter of life playing out in front of the camera.
“Look there’s gonna be divorces and there is gonna be deaths like when Lou Knickerbocker died. We didn’t expect that,” says Vicki. “[T]his is the reality and if you are throwing your life on a reality TV show, you have to be prepared for the consequences.”
While no one will ever fully know all that went wrong with this marriage, I can’t help but wonder if Tamra Barney’s divorce had an impact on Vicki’s decision to leave Donn. Perhaps Vicki is feeling the grass is greener on the other side and that she will find her own ‘Eddie’ though she might come to realize there aren’t a lot of men who will put up with her shenanigans Donns out there. Plus back in March, Vicki insinuated to UsWeekly that she wanted Donn to fight for her which makes me wonder if she really thought the whole divorce thing through or if this was a failed attempt to get Donn’s attention. Whatever the case, the couple is moving forward with their divorce.
Once again, below is a preview clip of the upcoming episode of the OC Housewives, which sheds some light on Vicki & Donn’s marital issues.
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On the latest episode of Real Housewives of the O.C., Peggy Tanous and Tamra Barney channel their inner Ramodels, Gretchen Rossi gets immortalized on canvas, Vicki Gunvalson worries about her daughter’s Vegas vacation, and Alexis Bellino fancies herself the next Michael Kors (I am so sorry for the comparison, Mr. Kors). Former cast members Jeana Keough and Lynne Curtin return to make things interesting for Tamra.
Vicki invites Alexis over for a glass of wine to clear the air. Alexis is still droning on and on about Macegate. Vicki feigns interest in Alexis’ business endeavors while making little digs here and there. It’s all fine (yeah, right) with Alexis as she always tries “to do what Jesus would do.” Alexis tells Vicki that she’s not stupid, to which Vicki chastises, “Of course, not, you’re just young.” Alexis fires back, “I have a 48-year-old husband who has a lot of life lessons.” Um, Alexis, that statement did nothing but remind the viewers you married a much older sugar daddy…with a chimplant.
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According to RadarOnline, the mother of three, sporting a black floral bikini, played a game of beach volleyball before taking a stroll with Jim. More bikini photos of Alexis below!
In other OC news, Simon Barney is defending himself against the accusations of estranged wife Tamra Barney on the last episode. If you recall, Tamra accused Simon of flipping out and harassing her via text messaging over her trip to Spain. Tamra stated he was upset she didn’t tell him about her 10-day vacay with beau Eddie Judge.
Well, Simon denies harassing Tamra and posted the entire text message exchange between the two following that trip on his facebook page. Simon posted the messages along with the following statement –
“I have always tried to be above all the Drama and lies this and last season. This is the one rare time that I have commented about her or the show. That being said… My soon to be ex tells Vicki I was harassing her by text while she was in Spain. So I decided to look back at the texts I sent her when I found out she was in Spain, and my kids were being watch by 4 different people, including a minor. Maybe it’s me, but after reading it and I don’t see the harassment.Do you?”
Well, we’ll let you be the judge. The screen shots of the text messages are below.
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the OC Housewives. On the 8th episode this season titled “Kiss and Tell,” Slade celebrates Gretchen’s birthday—poor man’s style. But with the surprise celebration’s inexpensive take-out food comes a shock-and-awe gift. Meanwhile, Peggy and Tamra model at a fashion show, but a surprise awaits Tamra; and a stunning secret is disclosed when former cast member Lynne Curtin works out at Fernanda’s gym.
The episode airs at 10/9c. A preview clip is below.
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On April 13, 2011, RonAnn Meyerssued both Gretchen and beauSlade Smileyfor breach of oral contract and fraud/deceit for cutting her out of the Gretchen Christine Beaute makeup line. RonAnn is asking for $100,000 in damages after alleging she came up with the idea for the make-up line and agreed to be an equal partner with Gretchen only to be defrauded.
RonAnn also alleged she and Gretchen each deposited $5,000 into a joint business account but at a later date, Gretchen cleared out the remaining $2100 in the account without informing her.
In Gretchen’s response via her blog, she claims this is nothing but a shakedown from RonAnn and levies some accusations of her own. Gretchen claims RonAnn abandoned the business and only decided to complain after seeing how successful her brand had become. As for the allegation that she cleaned out the joint account, Gretchen claims it was done to put an end to the monthly account fees and that she only did it after failed attempts to get in touch with RonAnn. The full response is below –
“Since I have received so many questions from the media, and questions from my loyal fans and followers regarding the recent claims against Slade and I, with the assistance of our Counsel here is our formal response to the allegations being made.
Ron Ann Myers’ claims are false and nothing more than a transparent attempt to extort a settlement out of someone in the public eye. Although Gretchen works with many talented make-up artists on a weekly basis, she decided to involve Myers with starting her make-up line. At that time both contributed equal amounts of $5,000. A single product was ordered as a test sample. The women divided the product 50/50. As conversations about working together progressed, a written agreement was extended to Myers by Rossi. Myers refused to sign the agreement. Over the next week or so, Rossi and Myers encountered extreme difficulties working together. At this point, Rossi e-mailed Myers, rescinding the original offer to partner together.
In the e-mail to Myers, Gretchen offered to return to Ron Ann her $5,000 and asked her to return the product, since it had Rossi’s name on it. Myers responded in a recorded voicemail, saying, and we quote, “I appreciate your e-mail, I understand, I hope you got mine.” “You don’t need to pay me $5,000 back, that’s not necessary, and as far as the product goes, don’t worry about it, I will take care of it.” Thus, any relationship between Rossi and Myers ended. After several e-mails were sent regarding the termination of the relationship and the need to close the once joint bank account, Myers has refused to respond or communicate with Rossi or Smiley in any way. After several attempts to contact Myers with no response, Rossi closed the account due to it being charged monthly fees and has held the funds in trust.
For 18 months, Ron Ann Myers has abandoned the company, has made no attempt to contact Rossi or Smiley, and has never participated in any future development of the line, its website, its marketing, or promotions. Myers never contributed anything other than the original $5,000, and then kept the product in lieu of payment. Rossi has invested an exorbitant amount of time and money to build her brand and make-up line.
In March of 2011, Myers suddenly appeared again. After seeing the results of Rossi’s hard work, and the numerous articles written about Gretchen and the success of her make-up line, Ron Ann Myers demanded that Rossi and Smiley offer her a substantial position in the company or a settlement; otherwise, Meyers threatened Rossi and Smiley with public embarrassment via the media and press.
Since Ms. Rossi and Mr. Smiley have nothing to hide, and certainly did not embark on an elaborate scheme to defraud Myers, they will defend all allegations, and will do so in an aggressive manner to protect the good name of the company Ms. Rossi has built. Rossi and Smiley have always conducted business in a fair and legal manner, and they are more than prepared to fight these false claims and seek any and all damages and expenses incurred in doing so from Ms. Myers.”
Gretchen/her attorney adds, “We find it sad that people are willing to do almost anything in an attempt to profit off the hard work of others.”
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A new episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County aired last night during which Gretchen made certain to let us know over and over again that she hates her dogs being fat, and not just Slade but also the two she shares with her ex-husband. Peggy brown-nosed Tamra during a dinner outing, Vicki continued to give Donn the cold shoulder, and Alexis gave us a tour of her non-foreclosed home – a glamour shot of a shirtless Jim included – cue up the horror music.
This episode begins with Vicki going to visit Tamra in her new digs. We learn a lot in this scene, mainly that religious iconography is the ladies’ go-to for gifting. Vicki gives Tamra a cross as a housewarming present, and Tamra was able to take a break from making out and picture taking in Spain to pick up a rosary for Vicki, which Vicki plans to keep in her car(??). Tamra also reads a text from Jesus Barbie, er, Alexis regarding Macegate 2011, stating that Vicki likes to take “the low road while preaching the high road.” Amen to that. Oh yeah, and Alexis seems to have finally made it big in the Housewives franchise because, like so many before her, her home is in foreclosure.
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The DBKP blog reports both Gretchen and boyfriend/rumored fiance Slade Smiley are being sued by RonAnn to the tune of over $100,000 in damages. The reason? RonAnn is accusing the twosome of defrauding her and cutting her out of the Gretchen Christine Beaute makeup line.
In the 37-page lawsuit filed on April 13, 2011, RonAnn accuses Gretchen, 33, and Slade, 42, of ‘breach of oral contract’, ‘fraud/deceit’, ‘fraudulent conspiracy’ amongst other wrong doings.
RonAnn, who appeared on season five of the OC Housewives as Gretchen’s makeup artist and business partner, reveals she had been both Gretchen’s friend and personal makeup artist for seven years.
According to RonAnn, she came up with the idea of starting a makeup line in February 2009 and Gretchen “expressed an immediate interest” in becoming her business partner. Both ladies agreed to a partnership that was a 50/50 deal in ownership, control, and profits.
If you recall, it came out last year that Gretchen Christine Beaute was simply the resale of wholesale makeup ordered from Lady Burd, a private label manufacturer. RonAnn also claims she was the one who had a long established relationship with Lady Burd.
Ultimately, RonAnn alleges Gretchen and Slade cut her out of the loop, and negotiated a deal with Lady Burd Cosmetic’s New York office. Gretchen and Slade also allegedly omitted RonAnn’s name from certain business filings and financial documents. RonAnn states in the lawsuit that she and Gretchen each deposited $5,000 into a joint business account but at a later date, Gretchen cleared out the remaining $2100 in the account without informing her.
We reported back in March of 2010 about the drama involving Gretchen Christine Beaute after it was first discovered the makeup was simply relabeled wholesale makeup from Lady Burd, and that Slade’s name was on the company’s paypal account being used for website sales. Not only was Gretchen reselling wholesale make-up but she neglected to change the names of the shades, using the same exact photos and names for her eyeshadow collection.
And on tonight’s all new episode of the OC Housewivestitled “Riches to Rags,” Vicki visits Tamra at her new house to gossip about the rumors surrounding the Bellino’s possible home foreclosure. Gretchen is upset that all the men in her life are fat, both the dogs and Slade. Vicki and Donn try to spend some quality time together by going to the spa, but things get uncomfortable when the conversation turns awkward at dinner.
The episode airs at 10/9c. A preview clip is below.
Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight will be Tamra Barney and beau Eddie Judge.
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According to TMZ, Orange County Superior Court documents show a judge ordered Gretchen to pay the amount in attorney’s fees for ex boyfriend Jay Photoglou right away after several of the claims she made in her lawsuit against him were dismissed.
If you recall, Gretchen also had to fork over $22,000 last year to Jay and his attorney following a similar ruling by a judge. This all stems from Gretchen’s lawsuit against Jay accusing him of defamation. It continues to backfire on Gretchen as the judge continues to rule in Jay’s favor, forcing her to pay his legal fees.
And despite the extremely strong photographic evidence which show Gretchen and Jay were in fact a couple, Gretchen continues to deny the obvious.
She tweeted on Tuesday, “That’s a lie regarding the 40 grand, and he was not my boyfriend as he claims.” Apparently, people who are not dating take multiple photos together in multiple romantic embraces and tattoo the name of their non-boyfriend on their ring finger as Gretchen did in the photo below while still wearing her engagement ring from her now deceased fiance Jeff Beitzel.
The Rumorfix website also backs up TMZ with the court documents dated March 29 showing that not only does Gretchen have to pay the 40 grand, but she has to pay up within 14 days or incur a 10 percent interest rate.
In other OC news, we reported a while back that Vicki Gunvalsonhas put up her home with soon to be ex-husbandDonn Gunvalson up for sale, and now we have the home photos!
According to the listing, the 5-bedroom, 5.25-bath, 5,400 square feet home is listed for sale at $2,695,000. The Coto de Caza house boasts high ceilings, new wood floors, a wet bar, a pool area that has a fire-pit with seating, an outdoor kitchen with a built-in barbecue, and a grotto with a TV and bath.
The home, originally built in 1995, has had a ton of upgrades states the listing agent Laura Simmons of Weichert Realtors. The home photos are below! Pretty nice home.
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