The Real Housewives of Orange County stars Kelly Dodd and Vicki Gunvalson used to be thick as thieves but after Vicki began spending time with her ex-husband, Michael Dodd, and his new girlfriend, their relationship went south.
During a new interview, Kelly opened up about her strained friendship with her RHOC co-star and admitted they are no longer as close as they once were because Vicki ended up on Michael’s side after their 2017 divorce.
“It didn’t ruin our relationship but it put a big, huge ding in it,” Kelly told Page Six. “I’m not as close to her. She doesn’t invite me over to her house anymore like she used to. She’s kinda more on the Michael side and I’m great friends with Michael — like I could go over there.”
“So she’s always you know, she’s like, ‘Okay bye. I’m more for Steve and Steve’s gonna take Michael’s side so I’m with Steve.’ I don’t know, I’m not best friends with her anymore like I used to be,” Kelly continued.
During Monday night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Kelly lashed out at Vicki for setting up Michael with another woman and proceeding to go on a number of double dates with them.
“I’m probably closer to Shannon [Beador] and Tamra [Judge],” she admitted. “Like I talk to them on the daily. I talk to Gina [Kirschenheiter] and Emily [Simpson] also, but because I’ve known them longer I probably have a better relationship with them.”
At the end of last year, after dealing with divorces, Kelly became “inseparable” with Shannon Beador, who split from her husband David Beador after 17 years of marriage in October, just one month after Kelly and Michael’s 11-year marriage came to an end.
“We just built a friendship,” Kelly said of herself and Shannon. “We had a common ground that was divorce and we had similar things that were happening to us at the same time that we could talk about that nobody else understood. So I think that’s probably what bonded us the most.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County season 13 airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. on Bravo TV.
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