The Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson is firing back at cast mate Kelly Dodd’s claims that her boyfriend Steve Lodge is living off her. In her latest Bravo blog, Vicki addresses Steve’s finances and whether he has his own home, while also speaking out about her treatment of Gina Kirschenheiter.
If you saw last week’s episode of the RHOC, you were probably pretty appalled at series star Vicki’s treatment of newbie Gina. She was full of judgement about Gina’s divorce, but in a rare moment of self awareness and responsibility taking, The OG is admitting that she may have treated Gina unfairly.
“Watching tonight’s episode, I felt we were a little hard on her regarding her marriage issues. I feel bad for Gina for coming down on her the way I did,” Vicki wrote.
She added that she ‘only wants the best’ for Gina and her family, and says she and the other ladies should have respected her privacy.
“Gina has kept her marriage problems pretty private, and for that we need to respect her and not pressure her the way we/I did,” she explained.
Vicki also weighed in on her rift with co-star Kelly, saying it’s “painful” to watch her and some of the others bashing her boyfriend Steve.
“Kelly tried once again to stir up gossip with Tamra,” she wrote. “Saying that Steve doesn’t have a home is ridiculous.”
She further shared that Steve does, in fact, own his own home, but that her home is plenty large enough for them to share, and their finances are no one else’s business, anyway.
“YES, he owns a home. And yes, my home is too big for me to live in by myself, so last year we decided to have him move in with me, or I was going to sell it. I LOVE Steve and love spending time with him every day, so it makes sense for us to live together,” she explained. “Why would “Jelly Kelly” have anything to say about that? What we do doesn’t affect her life at all. Steve and I are both very private abut our finances, and quite frankly it’s none of anyone else’s business how much money we have.”
“There have never been any harsh words between Steve and her until she started up on him this year,” she explained. “She has admitted she’s mad at Steve because he maintained a friendship with Michael, but isn’t that what she has done? She said her and Michael are amicable and friends, so if that’s the case with them, why would she be upset that Steve maintained a friendship with him too? So confusing!”
Vicki added that Kelly’s divorce has ‘changed her,’ but said she still cares for her and is ready and willing to rekindle their friendship as soon as Kelly’s ‘ready to apologize.’
“Steve and I were very close to Kelly and Michael when they were married, but since she divorced Michael, she has completely changed,” she explained. “I care for Kelly a lot, and when she is ready to be kind and nice and apologize, I’d be happy to talk it out.”
Vicki may be waiting awhile for that apology, but stranger things have happened with these ladies, and we’re only halfway through the season. Stay tuned to RHOC every Monday night at 9/8c to see how it all plays out!
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