Vicki Gunvalson And Brooks Ayers Open Up About Brooks’ Cancer And Their On-Again Relationship

Brooks Ayers and Vicki Gunvalson

In October, Vicki Gunvalson‘s boyfriend Brooks Ayers revealed that he has stage 3 cancer. Brooks is battling Non-Hodgkin lymphoma for the third time.

Vicki and Brooks recently sat down with US Weekly to talk about the cancer, the status of their on-again, off-again, on-again relationship, and which of their Real Housewives of Orange County co-stars have offered their support.

Vicki said she knew something wasn’t right with Brooks prior to the diagnosis. “He hadn’t been really looking good.” She added that she “burst into tears” when he told her. “I don’t know a lot about Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. All I know is – coming back for a third time – it’s not going away.” 


Vicki and Brooks have been together again – with no breaks – for a year now. “We are exclusive,” she proudly announced. “We are dating. We are together. It’s official.” Vicki went on to reveal that they’re living together.

“In late October when Brooks had his chemo treatments planned, I felt it was time to get him moved into my home,” shared Vicki. “I didn’t want him to be recovering by himself. I felt it was easier on both of us if we could be together, so I had him move some of his stuff in.”

Brooks added, “It [cancer] either will tear you apart as a couple or bring you together. And with us, without a doubt, it’s brought us together.”

“My relationship with my daughter, Briana, is really really good. She does not know Brooks is in, but I guess she will now,” admitted Vicki. “I think she wants me to be single or dating others but I don’t want that for my life. I want Brooks.”

Vicki and Brooks are looking ahead with a positive attitude. “He’s going to be fine. We’re going to carry on. We’re going to kick it. There’s no other choice.” 

When asked about her Real Housewives of Orange County co-stars, Vicki said, “Shannon [Beador] was absolutely there for us. Heather [Dubrow] also reached out, and Terry. And Lizzie [Rovsek]. Never heard from Tamra [Judge] – interesting. You really find out who your true friends are when things like this happen.” 


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