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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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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The Register reports Peggy, 41, has received notice that her house has been scheduled to be sold at a foreclosure auction later this month.
Back in February, it was reported Peggy’s home had a default notice dated Nov. 16, 2010, with records showing the amount in default at $190,713. Peggy’s home was purchased in 2006 for $1,379,000, with a loan for $1 million. The bank states that as of the recent foreclosure notice, she owes $1,318,253.
As of today, the auction has been set for March 17. Fun fact? Peggy appeared on E! News less than a week ago showing off the same home.
In other OC news, Vicki Gunvalson discusses her divorce in a new interview with UsWeekly. Vicki reveals she and soon to be ex-husband Donn Gunvalsonare still living together nearly five months after filing for divorce.
“We’re still living together,” said Vicki, 48, though quickly clarifying that a reconciliation is out of the equation. “We’re [mediating] our divorce,” she said. “We still have our finances co-mingled [and] joint accounts.”
When asked if it’s awkward, Vicki stated – “It’s very hard — but the reality is, he’s not fighting for me, he’s not saying, ‘Babe I want you back.’ He’s saying ‘Babe, I wish you well.’” Is she wanting him to fight for her?
So what went wrong? “My love tank has truly been empty for many many years,” Vicki revealed. “We stopped communicating. My happiness came from my work and my children.”
Vicki adds that things came to a head late last summer, when she and Donn didn’t speak or see one another for six weeks. Finally, during a major blowout back at home, Vicki handed him a letter she’d written weeks beforehand. “I said, ‘Here, I want a divorce…I’m done.’ It was the hardest day of my life.”
Despite her release from the hospital, the Real Housewives of Orange County star tells E! News that she is not feeling much better. The reason she was hospitalized? Internal bleeding due to ulcers in her colon.
Vicki also denies reports that her hospitalization was caused by anxiety from her divorce. “It’s not due to anxiety,” says Vicki. “It’s not due to a divorce. I’m very sick. I was hemorrhaging. It was very scary. I have internal bleeding in my colon, and they fixed it.”
Vicki tells E! she had surgery on Friday and is now home on required bed rest. “I’m not feeling good,” says Vicki. “They said I’ll be OK. It could flare up again, but I’m very healthy and I didn’t do anything to cause this. People just get sick. I’m going to be OK.”
E! also reports that Vicki’s soon to be ex-husband Donn Gunvalson paid her a hospital visit despite their pending divorce. “It’s amicable,” Vicki said. “We’re perfect. We’re not fighting.”
The judge struck down Gretchen’s claims of defamation, libel and portrayal in a false light after determining that her lawyers hadn’t offered up enough evidence to prove that Jay was lying about the two of them being in a romantic relationship while she was engaged to Jeff Beitzel, who died of cancer in 2008.
Gretchen is however still allowed to pursue prior claims of assault, battery, stalking, breach of contract, conversion, intentional emotional distress, intentional interference with contractual relations and intentional interference with prospective economic relations against Jay.
Gretchen’s attorney Gregory G. Brown says he is considering an appeal. This ruling comes months after Gretchen was forced to fork over $24,000 to cover Jay’s legal fees after he took her to court for defamation.
Gretchen told UsWeekly magazine, “I was truly sorry to hear the news.” She added of Vicki, “She’s been having a really tough couple of days.”
Gretchen shares she sent Vicki a text message of support after the announcement. “I’ve talked to a few people in the inner circle and it’s a bad situation for her right now.” According to Gretchen, the split came as a surprise. “It kind of took us all by surprise, because from what I knew…things were going well, so I don’t really know what happened. It’s very sad.”
Speaking exclusively to UsWeekly magazine, Vicki, 48, sheds a little light on why she filed for divorce fromDonn Gunvalson, her husband of 16 years.
“We tried,” said Vicki. “It’s just too hard on both of us.” She added: “It is amicable and we want to keep this as private as possible.”
Vicki also posted the following on her facebook page – “Donn has been an important part of my life and he will continue to be,” she wrote. “I would like to thank all of you for the outpouring of love and support that we have received.”
Also speaking out on Vicki’s divorce filing are her co-stars and her son. Tamra, Alexis and Michael had the following to say to RadarOnline -
Alexis Bellino – “This is totally unexpected, I really didn’t see it coming,” Alexis told Radar.“I’ve spent a great deal of time with them and they seemed very content with one another.” Alexis added – “Reality TV is hard on any marriage, and I will be praying for their family during this trying time.”
Tamra Barney – “I can’t speak for Vicki, but I spent some time with her in the past week or so and she’s a little stressed out and…clearly upset. But only she knows what’s best for her… It’s a difficult decision. I’m just beside myself because I love Donn and I love Vicki,” Tamra said. “My heart breaks for both of them and I truly wish them the best. I only wish they get through this without it being a giant circus. And only they know what’s going on.”
Michael Wolfsmith – “I think it’s for the best and they don’t really enjoy spending time with each other anymore and my mom’s always gone and traveling and Donn deserves someone who’s going to be at home and she deserves someone that’s going to support what she does,” said Michael. “My mom’s always gone… He’s home alone a lot, he’s just not happy and she’s not happy so whatever my mom wants to do I support.”
As we reported yesterday, the 6th season of the OC Housewives is currently filming so this divorce news will likely be on the show.
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According to the divorce documents, Vicki, 48, married Donn in 1994. The two have no children together while Vicki’s has two children from a previous marriage — Michael, 23, and Briana, 22.
This news doesn’t come as the biggest surprise as the Gunvalsons have been shown experiencing marital problems on the Bravo hit show, though they attempted to make things work by renewing their vows back in July of 2009.
Vicki was also photographed kissing a college student earlier this year, something she described as just fun and not cheating. Vicki’s co-star and BFF on the show, Tamra Barney, also left her husbandSimon Barneyback in January.
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UPDATE – The 6th season of the Real Housewives of OC is currently filming so this will likely be on the show.
UPDATE #2 – Castmate Alexis Bellino spoke to RadarOnline stating she is surprised by the divorce news. “This is totally unexpected, I really didn’t see it coming,” Alexis told Radar.“I’ve spent a great deal of time with them and they seemed very content with one another.” Alexis added – “Reality TV is hard on any marriage, and I will be praying for their family during this trying time.”