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’.”
Looking to revise (but more likely reprise) her less than stellar image on this season’s Real Housewives of Orange County, resident backstabber Tamra Judge shares why she didn’t invite any of her castmates to son Ryan and daughter in law Sarah’s baby shower, how new girl Meghan Edmonds may have a bigger mouth than her, and why Vicki Gunvalson is already telling lies.
In her Bravo blog, Tamra begins by sharing her excitement about becoming a grandmother to 4-month old Ava, and step-grandma to Sarah’s previous three girls: “Yep it true…I am a Tam-Ma! I finally got the baby I wanted. Ava is now 4 months old and the cutest little girl I have ever seen. It seems like overnight I became a grandmother to four adorable girls. Sarah has three girls from another relationship, Ella 5, Brooklyn 12, and Emily 10. Ryan is up to eyeballs in girls now. My daughter Sophia is so very happy to be an aunt to girls practically her age.” Tamra also thanks her party planners for throwing hay everywhere to “transform” her gym into a virtual honky tonk, saying, “I can’t believe that behind all those bales of hay was our Fitness studio, CUT Fitness, the transformation was beautiful.”
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!”
Meghan, who is married to former MLB player Jim Edmonds, revealed they joined the show to tell their “really unique story” – of being the much-younger third wife of a former pro-athlete in a midlife crisis? of being the “hashtag cool stepmom!”
“I don’t know a lot of people who are young stepmoms. It could feel really isolating,” Meghan shares. “I want others to see that this happens and it doesn’t have to be a secret. And not only that, we have a lot of things happening in our lives.” Whoa – deep.
Vicki Gunvalson is WOOHOOING to her hooha’s content and rolling in the affirmations! Brooks Ayers and his (apparently suspect?) cancer have moved in and Vicki is relishing in the fact that she can play the nagging, over-bearing, mother hen who also holds the bank account and the car insurance. “Brooks eat that carrot or you’re gonna get spanked!” Of course, Brooks is acting the part of the rebellious teen sneaking light ranch dressing and whining that he can’t have Wonderbread with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter like all the other boys.
“Cancer loves white bread!” Vicki lectures, making a little note to up Brooks’ insurance policy and give a rousing speech at the next insurance convention about the benefits of long-term care policies. Now she knows from experiences. WOO HOO! Vicki is having her affirmations for breakfast and selling them too.
As we previously reported, Tamra, who claimed she’ll be “absolutely vindicated” this season, insisted viewers will see a softer side of her this season. “I become a grandmother and take a spiritual journey in my life that I am excited to share with everyone,” Tamra said while promoting season ten. “We have a death to a birth and everything in between. The season is very raw with real life issues.”
The countdown to season 10 of the OGs of the OC has begun, with Bravo’s original Housewives brainchild, the Real Housewives of Orange County, returning next week. There’s a new face in the group (isn’t there always? even if there’s not a new cast member?), and this season her name is Meghan King Edmonds, the very young wife of 44-year old hubby, baseball star Jim Edmonds. And she’s not afraid to start spilling the beans on her costars right away!
In a Perez Hilton interview this week, Meghan dishes on her marriage, her unique home dynamics, an her castmates. Breaking all of her vows to “never marry” an older athlete, Meghan now shares a home in CA with his 17-year old daughter (who’s closer in age to Meghan than Jim is) while Jim travels back and forth to St. Louis for work. Meghan also says she’s close friends with her stepdaughter’s mom. Sure, sure. A good friend of Heather Dubrow, Meghan says letting the Bravo cameras into their lives was a tough decision, but Heather’s given her advice to just “be herself” and “stand her ground” to succeed on the RHOC.
Real Housewives Of Orange County season 10 premiers next week, but the Housewives assure us this season will be a very different glass of wine. Don’t expect producer-amped up melodramas, instead expect real and raw emotions as the ladies confront birth, death, Tamra Judge finding Jesus, relationships, terminal illness, and very real friendship issues.
“You’re going to see a lot of real – with all of us,” shared Shannon Beador. “I think it’s a really good season this year. We have a birth, my granddaughter, we have a death, we have everything in between,” Tamra agreed. “It’s really real life stuff going on. It’s not like, ‘You didn’t invite me to a party! You took my chair!’ It’s not that stuff…”