As Tamra Barney,Heather Dubrow and Vicki Gunvalson headed off to Hawaii to film season nine of the reality series, Lydia stayed behind by choice. The now-former reality star confirmed her departure. "I compare it to breaking up with a boyfriend you know you're not going to end up with — it's hard, but overall you know you're doing the right thing."
Perhaps hindsight is 20/20 but that doesn't excuse repeated bad decisions! Vicki Gunvalson is the OG of the Housewives franchise and has seen the show through its evolution of affluent moms to totally contrived drama!
In a new interview she lets it all out on how she feels about the show and how it has affected her life. It's shockingly candid and a little unhinged – you know, very Vicki!
Vicki insists Real Housewives of Orange County features her "truth" except when that truth concerns toothless Greek "gods" and Brokes Ayers. "I don't script or fake my reality," she informs DigitalSpy. "My family's number one, my insurance business is number two, and the Housewives franchise is a close third. Beyond that, I try to fill in my life with what my truth is. My truth is, I work. I'm not going to give up my career for a reality TV show."
But she will give her marriage to Donn Gunvalson up for a TV show! Vicki blames the show for destroying their union. "I think the show had a lot to do with me getting divorced. I think it was too much pressure on a weak marriage," Vicki confesses.
Nevertheless, Gretchen Christine of Gretchen Christine Enterprises announced that she will be OK! Magazine's newest lifestyle contributor. Lucky readers! In her first column Gretchen talked all things Halloween, beginning with her Great Gatsby themed party – if Great Gatsby was a polyester brothel of horrors, perhaps.
Gretchen gave readers some makeup and beauty tips for how to achieve her look. Both Gretchen and Adriana de Mouraneed to do a little research on the roarin' twenties – or pick up a book!
"Charity work tonight with @SladeSmiley Always feels good to give back! Happy Hump Day!" Gretchen tweeted. Which prompted a twitter user to call into question Gretchen's motivation for doing said charity work (especially since Gretchen DID NOT list the organization she was working for or with!).
Gretchen and Slade were hard at work yesterday, filming SOMETHING. Several of our photo outlets had sets of pictures of the Real Housewives of Orange County stars in Beverly Hills, but each had their own version of what was going on. One set was labeled as filming an infomercial for her Gretchen Christine handbags, one site said it was something for Ryan Seacrest and another said they were shopping. The only info Gretchen shared is that she was heading off to film (and that she was wearing her GC cosmetics).
So, here ya go. Gretchen (sans Slade) doing some filming in a jewelry store and with a horse. Draw your own conclusions!