Her son-in-law captured RHOC’s Vicki Gunvalson flirting with a new mystery man during a family holiday dinner in her home state of Illinois!
Vicki Gunvalson, the ex-wife of Real Housewives of Orange County star Steve Lodge, appears to have moved on following their split. In honor of the holidays, Vicki Culberson, a native of the Chicago area, returned to her home state of Illinois with her daughter, Briana, and son-in-law, Ryan Culberson, who joked that he was acting as a “date chaperone” for his mother-in-law and the mystery man she brought to the family celebration.
Before announcing their breakup in September, Gunvalson was referred to as the “OG of the OC” by RHOC fans. Viewers got to see several of Vicki’s romantic relationships come to fruition during her time on the show. After a tumultuous marriage with her second husband, Don Gunvalson, she decided to renew her vows with him before the show debuted in 2006. Housewife fans have coined the term “the curse of the vow renewal” to describe how that marriage ended in divorce. Brooks Ayers was her next significant other after they divorced, and they dated for a long time. During their time together, both men made frequent appearances on the show.
Despite the fact that Vicki and Lodge never got married, she frequently referred to her “love tank” as being full during their time together. Steve and Vicki’s first public statements about the breakup were civil and wished each other well. Things have gotten a lot tenser since then, with both parties accusing the other of making sleazy statements.
Culberson posted a video of Gunvalson and an older gentleman at a nearby table in his Instagram stories, and Page Six speculated that this was Vicki’s first date since the split. Despite the fact that Vicki has yet to publicly acknowledge a new love interest, she did share a photo of the entire Culberson family taken that same evening. As they stand in front of a holiday-themed backdrop, the group is all smiles.
Vicki and Steve, who at the beginning of their relationship appeared to enjoy each other deeply, reportedly began to spend less and less time together during the pandemic. As soon as the couple announced their separation, they began deleting, unfollowing and reposting each other’s posts on social media in a flurry of activity. Since then, Gunvalson has accused Lodge of cheating on her and using her, while Lodge has accused Gunvalson of spreading false information about him. What’s more, it looks like neither party is dwelling on the incident anymore. His new girlfriend, Janis, recently appeared in a picture Lodge posted on Instagram.
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Even though she is no longer a cast member of the Real Housewives of Orange County, Vicki continues to bring the drama. Since her relationship with Brooks Ayers, her former long-term boyfriend, became embroiled in the cancer-gate storyline, her taste in men has been questioned. Vicki was one of the show’s most polarising personalities during her time on the show because of her tendency to engage in shouting matches with her fellow cast members. As a result, her devoted following sends its best wishes to her as she begins a new chapter (with or without the mystery man). It is hoped that Vicki’s tendency to “whoop it up” will one day lead to a full “love tank.”