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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In an interview with UsWeekly magazine, Vicki first discussed the future of the OC Housewives, which also happens to be the first housewives franchise from the Bravo network.
“I believe we are going to be around a long time because the viewers want to see our lives unfold,” said Vicki. “I mean my life is totally different now than it was when I started 6 years ago. I was 42, I’m 49 next month so it’s really kind of interesting. I’m hitting 50 on TV.”
Vicki then admitted she is going through a midlife crisis which would explain the above outfit. “I’m going through a midlife crisis,” she said. The reason? “I’ve got a convertible, a belly button ring, and I’m getting a divorce!” said Vicki who filed for divorce last October from hubby Donn Gunvalson. Vicki has also put her home with Donn up for sale this week.
In other news,Gretchen Rossi is moving forward with her music career as she debuted her new single ‘Revelation’ today via the Perez Hilton site.
This isn’t the first time “Gretchen Christine” has released a song as she also released a single back in January of 2010 called ‘Nothing Without You.’ While the first song was a ballad, the latest single is more of a dance track. Gretchen actually sounds decent on the song as she did on the first track. And not to start any Milli Vanilli rumors, but has anyone heard Gretch sing live? Oddly enough, unlike her fellow singing housewives aka Kim Zolciak and Countess LuAnn, Gretchen has yet to be shown recording a song or singing on the Bravo show.
The Revelation audio is below. The song is also available on iTunes today.
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It was a very busy day for Bravo yesterday as the network not only announced new and returning shows, but also hosted a total of 3 different upfront parties in 3 different cities!
And of course the housewives came out to party alongside plenty of other Bravolebrities. Above is a photo of the Real Housewives of Orange County cast at the Los Angeles party. Also at the LA party was the entire cast of the Real Housewives of BH including Kim Richards.
Joining the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast at the Chicago party was none other than Bethenny Frankel, who tweeted that there was a clear division amongst the cast members but more on that below.
At the New York party were the Real Housewives of NJ and the Real Housewives of NYC. Casts of other Bravo shows such as Top Chef, Million Dollar Listing, Million Matchmaker & more were also in attendance. It is a photo overload below!
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Bravo officially announced the RHOA and the RHOBH will be returning for another season. Not exactly surprising as the first had the highest ratings in housewives history while the later has already began filming. The big surprise however was the early renewal of Bethenny Ever After as while the ratings are still good, it has declined over 20% from its debut season.
Not announced yesterday? The Real Housewives of DC which is reported to have been canceled. The only two housewives franchises missing from the Bravo parties? The RHODC and the RHMIA.
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The fourth episode of theReal Housewives of Orange County aired last night as Tamra Sue continued her televised attempts at sticking it to her ex Simon, you know, just incase he missed that whole soft-core porn scene from last week. Also, Vicki continued to make Tamra pay for her crimes from last season, while Gretchen once again ponders marrying Slade. All that was missing was Gretchen bringing up the princess comment again and this episode would have been complete with issues that no longer need to be revisited.
We start out with Tamra in a limo as she prepares to pick up Vicki for their Cabo trip. Tamra calls beau Eddie on the phone, who is probably still hung over from having to down a bottle of wine in other to get into the bathtub with her last week. Tamra reveals she feels a bit nervous about the trip due to the negative things she said about Vicki last season. Bravo pans back to some of that footage, and while I think Tamra is undoubtedly a two faced snake, I do feel she said most of what she said about Vicki in other to appease to her then hubby Simon, who of course hated Vicki.
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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.”
And judging from the previews, the drama is still alive and well amongst some of the cast members. In fact, Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Barneypickup their feud from seasons past tonight when they go at it during a get together after Gretchen refers to Tamra as an “evil bitch.”
Meanwhile, it seems new “housewife” Fernanda Rocha, 34, might be getting the Jennifer Gilbert treatment this season. Who is Jennifer Gilbert you ask? Well, Jennifer was cast to be a housewife on the Real Housewives of NYC last season, only to get the shaft during the season, by being demoted to an extra. Fernanda, who is openly bisexual, is noticeably absent from the official cast photo above, though she does appear in another one.
And when Vicky Gunvalsonwas asked about Fernanda, this is what Vicky had to say - “ [Fernanda]‘s not really one of the Housewives. She’s somebody that comes in and socializes with us, but I don’t really know how we’re labeling Fernanda this year. We’ve haven’t really been told. I know her very little still. I don’t work out with her. I don’t socialize with her. She seems like a sweet girl.”
And finally, Alexis Bellino revealed in a recent interview with the E! network that her husband Jim Bellino quit the show. Reason? Jim apparently felt Bravo gave him a “jerk” edit last season. “He’s pretty much against the show,” Alexis revealed. “All they want to do is rip him apart.”
Watch What Happens Live – OC Housewives Tamra Barney and Vicki Gunvalson will be joining Andy Cohen in the Bravo clubhouse tonight.
The Real Housewives of Orange Country premieres at 10 p.m. (EST) on Bravo. Below is a preview clip -
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