As season 10 veteran on the Real Housewives of Orange County, Vicki Gunvalson is well versed in the ups and downs of reality television. As a twice-divorced woman who’s had to pay both ex-husbands off post-marriage, she is also not adverse to fiercely protecting her assets when it comes to her new living arrangement with Brooks Ayers – even if it means getting a lawyer involved!
In her Bravo blog, Vicki explains the reasons behind, and terms of, her cohabitation agreement with Brooks. “I have been divorced twice, and both times I had to pay my husband’s off,” she explains, adding, “I never received child support with my first marriage, and with my 2nd marriage I had to pay Donn alimony. This way, I am protected if my relationship doesn’t work out with Brooks. We have a legal binding agreement that my divorce attorney drafted, and Brooks signed without any hesitation. This eliminates any miscommunication in a relationship once you put it all out there about what your expectations are, it’s one less thing to worry about. It’s a pre-nup without the ‘nup’.”
Meghan begins by explaining away “Jimmy’s” gruff treatment of her during their premiere scenes together. “It’s easy to see that Jimmy doesn’t share my happy demeanor, he is stressed about this move because it means that our deal fell through (our buyer couldn’t get a loan for the house while we were in escrow, we lost a lot of money on this failed deal),” Meghan explains. She goes on to list a litany of excuses for his dismissive behavior: “He’s also stressed because he knows that he will be the one flying back and forth between St. Louis and Orange County and his family is once again split up. But he does need to sit back and smell the roses! A little traffic never hurt anyone! And especially on PCH, traffic is practically a prerequisite! As for the wedding ring, he was missing that dang thing for weeks. He finally found it after we moved into our rental house about a month after that dinner with Hayley, it was floating around a rogue suitcase. I think St. Anthony might have had something to do with that discovery!”
Brooks has been battling Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, specifically diffuse large B cell lymphoma, since the fall of 2013. Brooks now faces three options: more aggressive chemo (3-4 times a week), a stem cell transplant, or a more holistic approach – recommended by fellow OC Housewife Shannon Beador – which would eschew chemo altogether.
Brooks shared, “It’s been a challenging couple of months for Vicki and myself for sure, but we’re good. One of the words I use to describe Vicki is ‘intense.’ She’s intense in every aspect of her life in whatever she’s doing. Having fun, whooping it up, or working, in a relationship, or whatever, she’s intense — and that’s a good thing.”
Our favorite (and sometimes not so favorite) reality TV stars can’t get enough of the spotlight during their regularly scheduled time slots, so they take to social media to share even more of their lives with us. And we love them for it. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite snapshots from this week. Enjoy.
You know who could use a drink right about now? Andy Cohen. You know he’d just like to throw back a stiff glass of Vicki’s Vodka to get a bit more press out of this story, but alas, that won’t be happening any time soon. It’s a shame, given the now defunct brand is giving Andy’s clubhouse some free (?) publicity.
Vicki Gunvalson and Brooks Ayers have officially announced that they are “on” again and united as a couple while he battles cancer. Vicki also revealed Tamra Barney hasn’t supported her friend through this difficult time.
However, now a source is insisting that Tamra did reach out to Vicki when she learned the news! “After reaching out to Tamra on Oct. 10 to wish her well after winning her court battle with Simon, Vicki did get a message from her that said ‘wishing you the best.'”
The Real Housewives Of Orange County star confirms that she did get a text from Tamra, that she over-looked in the sea of texts Vicki received over Brooks‘ health issues.
Vicki and Brooks recently sat down with US Weekly to talk about the cancer, the status of their on-again, off-again, on-again relationship, and which of their Real Housewives of Orange County co-stars have offered their support.
Vicki said she knew something wasn’t right with Brooks prior to the diagnosis. “He hadn’t been really looking good.” She added that she “burst into tears” when he told her. “I don’t know a lot about Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. All I know is – coming back for a third time – it’s not going away.”