Newly single Vicki Gunvalson is no hypocrite! At least she says so. Although the biggest news surrounding Vicki right now is her breakup with live-in boyfriend Brooks Ayers, Vicki spends most of this week’s Real Housewives of Orange County blog defending her right to buy her grown daughter Briana a car, yet still berate Meghan Edmonds about her poor parenting skills. Vicki also expresses gratitude and support for bestie Shannon Beador, and Shannon Beador’s sad, sad storyline. As for her take on Girl Code (a dusty old term that should be mercifully retired at the end of 2015!), Vicki says she understands the tight spot Heather Dubrow finds herself in – wedged between the many loves and ex-loves of Jimmy Edmonds, that is.
Claiming their trip to Mo’orea was “absolutely the best trip we have taken in 10 years of filming,” Vicki says, “I enjoyed getting away as it had only been four weeks since my mother died, so the timing was good to try and reflect on my life, my future, and what’s truly important. I wrote a lot in my journal and had a lot of quiet time to figure out my ‘new normal’ without my mom. It’s been six months, and although the tears are not as frequent, my heart is very heavy with sadness.”
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It may have been the best RHOC trip in 10 years of filming, but that doesn’t mean it was without drama. Vicki confesses, “There were many moments when I felt that taking a trip with these five ladies was just a recipe for conflict, and I was right as this was seen a little bit again on this trip. It’s too bad that it has to be like this, but at least we have learned our lessons by past trips not to keep anything held in. It has also taught me that you don’t have to share everything you are thinking of one another with someone, because inevitably it will get back to them.”
Reflecting on her talk on the beach with Shannon, Vicki claims she’s proud of the route the Beadors have chosen to take: i.e. airing every scrap of dirty laundry for the cameras. Thankful that Shannon trusts her, Vicki explains, “I’ve been a good friend to her, and I have also encouraged and supported her decision to forgive him and stay married. I want the very best for Shannon and feel we have formed a nice friendship. For those of you that are divorced, you know the trickle effects of that decision to divorce are huge. They have had a lot to deal with by making the decision to share David’s affair with all of you. They not only have to deal with the hurt that each of them are going through, but then also to have to film it and then relive it months later when it airs is admirable. I am proud of David and Shannon and wish them a lifetime of happiness and love and pray for both of them to continue to be strong.”
With those complimentary words behind her, Vicki gets a bit more neutral when it comes to her take on Heather’s friendship with Jim Edmonds’ second ex-wife, Allison, and her
phony made-for-TV friendship with Meghan. “I know it’s difficult when there is a divorce and remarriage with friends,” admits Vicki. “It’s a tough situation when there is a divorce and one of them remarries, their friends will have a choice whether or not to accept their new partner. This is the case with Heather, as she was friends with Jim’s ex-wife, Allison and now is friends with Meghan too. It puts her in a situation where instead of taking ‘sides’ she has just accepted it.”
But the real burn Vicki is still smarting from is Meghan’s accusation that Vicki, as a mother, is a “hypocrite.” Vicki huffs, “I was shocked when Meghan called me a ‘hypocrite’ (I hate that word!!) when I told them about my thoughts on buying Briana and her family a new SUV car. There is a HUGE difference here that I don’t think Meghan is aware of.” She explains her rationale for this difference: “First of all, my daughter is 28, has her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, works as an ER Nurse with two little babies, is self sufficient and she and Ryan own their own home. If I decide to purchase a bigger car for their family it’s my choice and my decision.”
Although she admits that Briana will “have a hard time accepting it,” Vicki assures us that her gift of a car in no way detracts from the work ethic she’s instilled in her children from “a very young age.” Mmm hmmm. Okay, then.
Not one to pass up an opportunity to critique a teenager (who, in my opinion is acting like, well, a teenager), Vicki berates Meghan’s stepdaughter, as compared to her own
resentful and practically estranged daughter. “We were discussing Hayley, who doesn’t work, doesn’t go to traditional school, doesn’t do her independent study homework, and is not accountable for herself. How Meghan can say I’m a HYPOCRITE is so wrong and quite frankly immature. She obviously doesn’t know the difference between working hard, being educated, and handing everything to someone.” (Do we need to roll tape on early seasons of RHOC to remind Vicki of what her son acted like back in the day? Just a thought!)
Hinting at upcoming drama about Brooks’ cancer diagnosis being called into question, Vicki closes her blog by warning that “things start to get a little bumpy” this week. Given the real-time state of their relationship, I’d say…bumpy indeed!
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