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.”
Pictured above is Peggy Tanous and husband Micah Tanous on their wedding day. Radar is reporting the Alexis Bellino clone Peggy has joined the cast and has even began filming scenes with the other housewives.
Oddly enough, Peggy is said to be a friend of Alexis Bellinowith insiders describing her as being “truthful and blunt” and someone “who always tell it the way it is.”
Peggy’s husband, Micah, is described as being an internet entrepreneur. Peggy and Micah have two daughters together.
According to Radar, Peggy will be joining existing cast members Vicki Gunvalson, Gretchen Rossi, Tamra Barney and Alexis Bellino. Lynne Curtin’s name was left out of the list, could she be off the show? Only time will tell.
The theme of Thursday night’s episode of the Real Housewives of New York City seemed to be “Woe Is Me” by Jill Zarin. Not since Vicki Gunvalson of the OC Housewives have I seen someone play the victim role so effortlessly. The more I think about it, the more I see the similarities between Jill and Vicki. They both make everything about them, and they are always the victims.
We start out this episode with the charity event planned by Countess LuAnn. The point of the oxy-moronic event is to donate coutoure dresses to the homeless (scratching head on this one). Jill’s underdog feels the need to scold Alex, and try to guilt her into apologizing to her new BFF Jill. LuAnn makes an interesting comment saying Alex shouldn’t take sides. Interesting because it seems rather obvious LuAnn has picked a side. And then Jill arrives, and the underdog informs her she has told Alex she “has to fix” things with her or else!
Jill makes a point to not talk to Alex, after all, she did vow last week to forget but never forgive! Jill’s husband, Bobby, attempting to talk to Alex was sort of sweet, but unfortunately he didn’t know the whole story. It’s however understandable for a husband to want to smooth thiings over for his wife. As I was watching this episode, it dawned on me that the issue with Jill wasn’t so much Alex’s delivery but the actual message. It finally dawned on her now that Bethenny’s DONE with her, so she decided to kill the messenger – Alex. Yes Alex was wrong in her delivery, but Jill’s continued reaction is over the top.
And then Ramona decides to scold Alex for the “bad timing” of delivering her message. This coming from the woman who decided Jill’s Kodak event was the right time and place to inform her of the company’s shortcomings. Perhaps Ramona needs to crawl back into her glass house and shut her mouth.
It doesn’t end there however, according to a new report by theDailyBeast, Jill asked one of their reporters to leave her a good review after hearing the reporter liked her book. According to the reporter, she declined Jill’s offer, but Jill had another idea. “Can you go under an assumed name?” Jill asked.
The reporter declined again but the relentless Jill would not drop it. “I don’t know, you could just say you loved the book,” Jill said, “Anonymous. Is that so bad?” The reporter declined for a third time during which Jill told her she could just have her boyfriend do it instead. Aah, that crafty Jill!
Unfortunately for Jill, the good reviews she has left for her book simply can’t compete with the pile of negative reviews the book continues to receive. A quick visit to amazon shows Jill’s book has an astonishing 115 negative reviews compared to Alex McCord and hubby Simon Van Kempen’sbook, which has only received 1 negative review to date. But this is where the new scandal comes in. See the one negative review for Silex’s book was made on April 29th, the same day the husband and wife duo appeared on Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens’ and made fun of Jill for reviewing her own book.
A lot of people are now suspecting that the person who gave Alex and Simon their lone negative review was none other than Jill Zarin herself, or someone close to her. Why you might ask? Well, a quick look at the reviewer, J. Samples’, shows them leaving only a total of 4 reviews – a negative review for Silex’s book, a negative review for one of Bethenny Frankel’s books, and a positive review for Countess LuAnn’snew sucky song. When you read the negative reviews left by J. Samples, it becomes very obvious they did not read Alex & Simon’s or Bethenny’s books.
Now unlike the previous review scandal, there’s no proof that this J. Samples account belongs to Jill. For all we know it could be a crazed Jill fan. However based on Jill’s previous actions, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if she was the one behind this all.
UPDATE: It seems the negative comment for Silex’s book has been removed, either by Amazon or J. Samples. Either way, the negative comment is below -
“I had thought I had seen everything. But to see these two clowns write a book about parenting is hysterical! Their cast mate Bethanny Frankel once said of them and I quote “These two would climb through a vent to get into a good party!” Well, it seems that they followed Ms. Frankel through a vent and crawled their way into a publishing house! How else could this have gotten published? Let’s review. Their kids are animals, appear dumb and disoriented, lack manners and are unkempt. They have also been seen on their television show, tearing apart a party at a lovely eatery and climbing up and biting the Countess Luann’s leg! And I am suppose to listen to anything these “parents” have to say?? As for these parents, they are strange, sexual deviants, and are broke. They are self claimed to have met on CRAIGSLIST for a SEXUAL encounter! They reside in Crooklyn, New York, in a townhouse that could be used for an S&M movie. Gay husband included! Scary stuff. I honestly hated this book. Chapter 6 was worthless and the parts that say they are “lessons” are a joke. The writing is poor and the book itself is poorly edited. Very little worthwhile material. Don’t open the cover folks, Johan might pop out and bite you too!!!”
UPDATE #2 – Another look at “J.Sanders” reviews shows a positive review was left for Jill Zarin’s book.
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The 2nd part is set to air tonight at 9:00 pm eastern. Below are my thoughts and recap of the reunion. It’s rather long so let’s get right to it.
Tamra – Let’s start off with Tamra who opened up once again about her divorce, and revealed she decided to leave her husband Simon after things took a turn for the worst during a New Years Eve outing. Tamra said about that night, “He got mad about something and the anger just came out, and it got worse and worse.” I alluded to hearing a rumor about Simon doing something awful to Tamra last week. Well interestingly enough, that alleged incident also took place on New Years Eve. A source told me Simon allegedly slapped Tamera infront of their friends during that night out. I didn’t post this then and didn’t want to post it last week as there is no proof. A commenter however pointed out this was posted on Simon’s facebook by an alleged family friend, which I wasn’t aware of, so there it is. I will make it clear that this is all alleged and Tamra has never spoken on any physical abuse in the hands of Simon, but as I said last week, his behavior and comments on the season finale episode falls right in line with that of an abuser. Tamra also revealed last night that she wanted to leave Simon 5 years ago, but decided to stay when she got pregnant with the couple’s third child.
Alexis – Dear Alexis, yes your marriage to Jim is eerily very similar to that of Tamra and Simon. Your husband is indeed very controlling and I predict you two will divorce within the next 3 years if you keep doing this show. Why you might ask? Well, the more his behavior is shown on TV, the more people will talk and the more you will start to question things. I actually like you, and do not wish divorce on you and your family, but it will likely head in that direction unless Jim changes who he is, which is very unlikely. Sincerely, Reality Tea. P.S. – Bravo would NEVER put you on this show unless they saw some major cracks and dysfunction in your marriage, think about it.
Gretchen – Moving on to Gretchen, she definitely got VERY defensive when it came to the Slade topic. And it definitely doesn’t bode well for the whole Slade isn’t a user argument when she revealed she purchased a music catalogue which happens to contains records of Slade’s ex, Jo De LaRosa, who’s music career Slade just happened to manage as well. I do agree with Vicki on this one, this has Slade written all over it, though Gretchen denies Slade had anything to do with her financial investment. From a business point of view, it just seems to be a bad investment considering no one is buying or playing Jo’s music. Perhaps the producer, Bryan Todd, has other great material on this catalogue that we do not know of.
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In the preview clip below, the ladies are asked to play truth of dare, during which Gretchenis dared to kiss Tamera, and they do. The picture of that is below as well, guess hell has frozen over.
So what can we expect from the two part reunion shows? It will update us on the pending divorce of Tamra and Simon Barney. Tamra will boldly address the situation with raw honesty and emotion. Lynne will answer questions regarding the challenges she has faced with her teenage daughters throughout the season. The men also make an appearance and Slade uses the opportunity to give Vicki a piece of his mind. The two go at it in a verbal battle that has been brewing for years.
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Usually, finale episodes of the Housewives franchise tend to be a somewhat boring send off, but that definitely was not the case with the Real Housewives of Orange County season finale.
We saw Tamra and her husband Simon Barney reach a blowing point in a fight, unlike any that has ever been on reality TV. If there were any viewers doubting the authenticity of this show, that blow-up should be evident enough that this is all too real. Below is a rather long recap and mostly my thoughts on the stars of the show.
Tamra and Simon – I have to start off with these two. Wow is an understatement. Simon’s behavior on last night’s episode was beyond controlling, it was down right creepy and emotionally abusive. Tamra is without saying one of my least favorite housewives, but watching last night’s show really made me feel very sympathetic towards her. This woman was very afraid of her husband. The way he kept trying to “make-up” with her when they got out of the limo was hard to watch. Add on his passive aggressive hostility, and this man is truly a piece of work. My question is has he always been this way? Because this Simon we’re seeing was not the same one Bravo showed us the past couple of seasons. He is truly awful. A while back, I heard a very nasty rumor about Simon and something he allegedly did to Tamra, I chose not to write about this because it is a very big accusation to throw out there, and not something I would want to put out there unless I was 100% certain. I will tell you something, watching him last night, I will say I believe this rumor. I’m not going to say what it is, but you readers are smart, and I know you can figure out the most awful thing a man can do to his wife, other than cheating.
Lynne and daughters – Just when you think Lynne couldn’t become a worse parent, she manages to prove us wrong. This woman is so out of it that she couldn’t even tell her own underage daughters were drunk. Any good parent would have been mortified and humiliated by the behavior of her daughters, but now our darling Lynne. She was more worried about how she looked. She really needs to snap out of it and come back to planet earth. I however felt some sympathy for Alexa yesterday when she mentioned being tired of everyone bringing up their eviction. Kids can be mean, and I’m sure going to school and having the entire world know your business has to be difficult for any teenager. Alexa is the reason why I’m a bit against the housewives putting their children on this show. It’s just not healthy to have the whole world know every intimate detail about them. From what I read recently, Alexa has dropped out of school and is now being home schooled by Lynne. Yes you read that right. And how sweet and mature was it of Kara Keough to comfort Alexa last night?
Gretchen and Slade – Moving on to these two. Gretchen made a comment last night that really threw me off a bit. She called Slade “a great catch.” For some reason, I felt like that comment said a lot about her. Not saying that Slade is a loser, but to call him a “great” catch at this point and time is definitely a stretch. And then looking back on her past choices in men, mainly the loser known as Jay Photoglou, it all made sense. This woman must have some self esteem/self-worth issues, and perhaps some daddy issues. I’m guessing daddy didn’t hug her enough when growing up or something. She also strikes me as one of those women that doesn’t like to be single and therefore refuses to be single, thus dating anything anyone that comes her way. Before this season started, I suspected her relationship with Slade was fake, but after watching this season, it seems the relationship is all too real, which makes it all the more puzzling.
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