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!
[Photo Credit: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo]
TELL US – EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON? THOUGHTS ON THE STORYLINES?
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!
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!
[Photo credit: Vicki Gunvalson]
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?
Vicki tells the mag she now has a new lease on life. “I want to have it all!” she states. And what better way to have it all than with a full body makeover. Vicki turned to plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Pozner who performed a “Divorce Do-over” on her. “She just wanted a little pick-me-up,” says the Boca Raton, Fla. based doctor.
So what exactly did Vicki do to her body? For starters, she spent $5,700 to get Botox, lasers and fillers on her face. Dr. Pozner rejuvenated Vicki’s face with lasers, injected Botox between her brows, and added fillers to her cheeks, jawline and lips to add volume.
“It hurt, but facials didn’t work and this did,” says Vicki who struggled with painful cystic acne for years. She confesses she was “insecure” about her skin.
As for her body, which she admits has caused her many years of insecurity, Vicki who states she fluctuates between a size 6 and a size 8 confesses: “I feel like I look big compared to everyone else on the show.”
So right before taping began on the seventh season of the RHOC, Dr. Pozner slimmed Vicki’s thighs using a body sculpting technique which freezes fat cells, and treated the cellulite in her mid-section with a contour machine.
Vicki reveals she is more than pleased with the results! “Some doctors do too much and you look like a dead Barbie doll. I didn’t want to look plastic.” She adds: “There’s life after divorce. I’m happier than I’ve been in a long time!”
Does Vicki look better with her face and body overhaul? We’ll let you be the judge! More after photos of Vicki below!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON VICKI’S DIVORCE PLASTIC SURGERY MAKEOVER? DOES SHE LOOK BETTER? DID SHE NEED IT?
CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE MORE AFTER PHOTOS OF VICKI!
Gretchen and Jay continue to be locked in a nasty legal battle over claims of libel, defamation, and slander. After Gretchen failed to make a court appearance on Thursday (she was busy hosting a promotional event in Las Vegas), a judge issued the warrant for her arrest and set her bail at $2,500, reports RadarOnline.
Luckily for Gretchen, the judge gave her until September 15 to show up to court or risk being arrested. It’s likely this latest missed court appearance has to do with the $40,000 Gretchen was ordered to fork over to Jay for his legal fees earlier this year. No word yet on whether or not Gretchen has made that payment.
Perhaps viewers will get to see Gretchen’s legal drama play out on TV as filming has officially began on the 7th season of the RHOC!
We reported last week that old-heads veteransTamra Barney and Vicki Gunvalsonhad signed on, and today we can now report Peggy Tanous will also be returning. Peggy confirmed the news via her twitter page after a fan asked her if she was kicked off. She replied, “Of course not. Start filming next week!!! Thanks for your support!”
On Tuesday, Tamra then tweeted, “First day of filming tomorrow….Let the games begin.” None of the other housewives have confirmed their return, but with Peggy’s return, it’s likely Alexis Bellinomight also be returning.
And finally, despite all the controversy, it appears Vicki and her beau Brooks Ayersare still going strong. In fact Vicki tweeted days ago that she had just left Brook’s home state of Mississippi. “Heading home to southern California after having a great weekend in MS. and TN. I love my “Southern people”.” tweeted Vicki.
Brooks then tweeted to Vicki: “We both are very happy and feel like we have finally got it “right”.. Have a great day!” This led some to speculate whether the couple might have gotten engaged or tied the knot, which Vicki denied. She tweeted, “Nope.. No marriage.. Just really happy!”
Brooks also assured a fan that all is well between the two. “We have an amazing relationship! I can assure you that what we have,most people want. We both are glad that we didn’t settle!” he wrote. Safe to assume Vicki’s new romance will be part of her storyline for the new season. Below is a recent photo of the two together.
Photo credit: WENN
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST?
UPDATE – Gretchen’s publicist released the following statement which pretty much confirms what was originally reported -
“After Photoglou’s previous attorney’s dropped him last month, Jay and his new attorney set a conference date intentionally on a day they knew Gretchen would be out of town on an appearance. Gretchen’s attorneys appeared on her behalf and the judge rescheduled the conference. A bench warrant is a standard part of the paper work. It is not an active warrant and only becomes active if one of the parties fails to appear on the new date. “
Very negative publicity and unflattering reports of arrests for a DUI and unpaid child support in tow, Vicki Gunvalson is standing by her man.
In the current issue of UsWeekly magazine, the Real Housewives of Orange County star not only defends beau Brooks Ayers, but also denies she cheated on her estranged husband Donn Gunvalson with him. A report came out a week ago with an ex-girlfriend of Brooks stating Vicki had been involved with him since 2007. Even more puzzling was the handwritten letter Vicki sent to a judge on behalf on Brooks last August, two months before filing for divorce from Donn.
“We never had an affair,” states Vicki, 49 of her romance with Brooks, 44. It however appears Vicki took a page from the book of her BFF Tamra Barney as the UsWeekly article states she has been dating Brooks for the past 8 months. Just when did Vicki file for divorce? Exactly eight months ago in October. Did she start dating Brooks hours days after filing for divorce???
The report of the 8-month romance is even more surprising because when the reports about Brooks first came out, Vicki downplayed their relationship claiming “I’ve only just started dating this guy, we’ve had like three dates.”
Vicki also takes a page out of Gretchen Rossi’s handbook when she denies Brooks was a deadbeat dad despite his two arrests for being just that. “He fell back on payments,” she admits but says he’s paid $100,000 to his ex over a span of years. “Is that a deadbeat dad?” asks Vicki.
And during her Sunday night appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Vicki went a step further when she revealed she is in love with Brooks adding, “I knew everything. There wasn’t any secrets and lies.”
When asked about the hypocrisy of her situation, you know, being that she has called out Slade Smiley for not paying his child support once or twice, Vicki attempted to defend herself. “If the viewers saw me the last year” said Vicki. “I never talked about Slade. It’s his business and his life and I don’t want him in mine.” Well those in glass houses have no business throwing rocks.
And speaking of Slade, Gretchen tweeted a photo this week of him with his eldest son Gavin Smiley with the caption “Having lunch with Slade’s oldest son Gavin and his girlfriend Kenna! Love them! Gavin is such a sweet and good kid!” That photo is below.
TELL US – THOUGHTS? DO YOU BELIEVE VICKI DID NOT CHEAT ON DONN WITH BROOKS? SURPRISED SHE’S IN LOVE WITH HIM?
The Real Housewives of Orange County star, who wrote a handwritten letter to a judge in 2010 to get Brooks released from jail after his arrest for not paying child support (he owed over $40,000 to two different women), is vehemently defending Brooks. “He is not a deadbeat dad,” says Vicki.
“He is a wonderful man and a wonderful father,” a very emotional Vicki told the Rumor Fix. “He has integrity and loves his children more than life. He just fell on hard times, like we all did. He works in a commission-based business as do I, and his child support payment amounts were based on when he was making a lot more money. He couldn’t pay his child support and in the state of Mississippi the laws make it very difficult.”
Gretchen Vicki continued on with her defense of Brooks despite the court documents that make it clear he was a deadbeat dad. “He is not a deadbeat dad, and he’s paid $110,000 since 2008 to his ex,” adds Vicki. “I knew about the DUI and the other arrests, because he has never lied to me about anything. Everyone has a past. No one is perfect.”
Yes, in addition to Brooks’ arrests last year for child support delinquency, he was also arrested back in 2009 for a DUI. Reality Tea obtained the above mugshot for Brooks’ DUI arrest on June, 16, 2009 in Florida. The arrest record listed him as self-employed and his occupation as “Insurance.”
Vicki also goes on to state that she cares for Brooks very deeply and that she is worried her new relationship might not survive in light of all the negative press. “For me it was a new life and a new page,” says Vicki. “He treats me the best I’ve ever been treated, but because of all the harassment, we probably won’t make it. He doesn’t deserve it and I can’t subject anyone to this.”
Interesting how Vicki sounds a lot like Gretchen when she’s defending her boyfriend Slade Smiley, much to the criticism of Vicki who has stated in the past that court documents don’t lie.
Vicki also took to her facebook page on Thursday and put up the following quote, “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” Funny how it’s okay when she’s bashing Slade for not paying his child support, but when others do it to her beau, it’s called gasps – “judging.”
And unfortunately for Vicki, the bad news doesn’t end with the above. An ex-girlfriend of Brooks has now come out today stating that Vicki and Brooks have been involved with each other for years.
Debbie Keanetells Radar Online that she started dating Brooks in 2005 and had an encounter with a jealous Vicki back in 2007, while she was still married to Donn Gunvalson. “I was tagging along on a business trip with Brooks in 2007 in West Palm Beach, Florida and he kept talking about how his friend who was famous was coming to the conference,” said Debbie.
Upon Vicki’s arrival, she immediately sought Brooks out.“She sent him a text saying ‘finally here, I need a drink,’” said Debbie. Two nights later, Debbie adds that she and Brooks were in a bar when Vicki walked in, so she decided to confront Vicki about flirting with Brooks. “She told me to mind my own business and then went and told Brooks he needed to ‘keep your girl in check.’”
Vicki, while admitting she was at the conference with Debbie and Brooks in 2007, denies Debbie’s version of events. Debbie “was really nice and complimented me on the show and on my outfit,” said Vicki also insisting she was at the conference with Donn.
As many of our readers have pointed out, Brooks appears to be the same guy that was shown this season on the OC Housewives flirting with Vicki during her trip to Cabo. That trip was billed as a girls trip to Mexico with only Tamra and Vicki. So we ask, if it was Brooks in Cabo, how did he end up on the same trip?
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON VICKI DEFENDING BROOKS? DO YOU THINK SHE WAS CHEATING ON DONN WITH HIM?