According to Us Weekly, Vicki and Brooks announced their split on Sunday. The former couple released a joint statement to the publication. In it they claimed they still loved each other very much, but their lives had simply led them down “separate paths.” Vicki went on to say that their split will not play out on Season 10 of “RHOC,” which is currently airing new episodes weekly. Neither Vicki nor Brooks plan to discuss their split beyond their initial statement. As the questions mounted, Brooks came prepared during an interview with paperwork to try and prove the legitimacy of his cancer diagnosis. “These are the three bills that reference the days I got my treatment,” he told E!

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Brooks was introduced to the RHOC universe as cast member Vicki Gunvalson’s long-time boyfriend. The two were reportedly together from 2011, dating off and on, and their storyline in the show was pretty typical for the series. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE’s free daily newsletter to stay up to date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Aya Tsintziras is a Features Writer at The Things and has been a freelance writer since 2014 writing about topics pop culture, movies and TV. When she’s not writing, Aya enjoys working out, reading a good book with a cup of coffee, watching horror movies, and spending time with friends and family. In season 7, fans learned about Vicki’s new boyfriend, as in the season premiere “Stranger Things Have Happene,” Vicki was dating Brooks, selling her house, and moving on after her divorce from Donn.

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The Real Housewives franchise has introduced fans to some interesting people, and before the season 16 cast was announced, RHOC fans wanted a cast shakeup. Now Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s friends were cast and she is off the series, along with Kelly Dodd and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas. Vicki Gunvalson is now 59 and has come to terms with the terrible toll being a reality star took on her personal life. As for Donn Gunvalson, he is as close as ever to his stepchildren and a doting grandfather to the three boys.

While Beador was laying down the law, Meghan King Edmonds was trying to grapple with the rules of being a step-mom for the millionth time during a lunch with her husband, Jim Edmonds. Meghan brought up the fact that Vicki admonished her during their Tahiti trip for letting her stepdaughter, Haley, live a life without any responsibilities. Jim was repulsed by the accusations and said that Gunvalson should just stay out of it — before he essentially gave his wife the same message. He suggested that maybe Meghan should parent Haley less and just accept the fact that she wasn’t very smart and didn’t need to be pushed that much.

“I’m not going to say I’m in remission. That’s not going to be the case until my numbers have normalized and that’s the word that was used to me.” During Friday’s Right the Relationship panel at BravoCon 2022, the Real Housewives of Orange County alum, 60, revealed her “biggest regret” in her love life after filing for divorce from her second husband Donn Gunvalson in 2010. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE’s free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. After an exhausting workout, it was time to bring out the cake and alcohol because Brooks was bizarrely coming by to celebrate his birthday at the gym.

During a recent interview with Heather McDonald on her podcast, Meghan revealed how she was cast on the show before opening up about her decision to call Brooks out for his mistruths and revealing which of her former co-stars she still talks to. RHOC fans were surprised when they discovered that Brooks had married a woman named Christy Groves Lindeman. He announced his wedding on social media with a snapshot of himself and his bride on the big day. Vicki Gunvalson, the founder and president of Coto Insurance and Financial Services, dated Brooks Ayers for five years before their relationship ended in 2015.

According to Us Weekly, Ryan posted an Instagram Story and said, “You ever get really good news and then find out your mother-in-law ruins it? Oh yeah, we’re having a girl.” Ryan also said, “So thankful for @vickigunvalson” and then said, “It ain’t smart to piss off the one that knows everything — and I know everything.” News reported a bombshell report that Brooks wasn’t telling the truth about his cancer diagnosis. Turned out, he was never receiving treatment at the City of Hope medical center, as he had claimed.

Buying and selling homes is a longtime passion for the star — and she’s made plenty of moves in recent years. There would also be a “total renovation” of the primary bathroom, she said at the time, telling her followers she was “creating a double vanity with makeup station” and “relocating closet door.” Gunvalson Instagrammed a photo of herself and Lodge and revealed some things about her man in the hashtags at the end of her caption. Among those, she included “#politician” and “#retiredlawenforcement.” An Us Weekly article also reported that Lodge is a retired police officer. As far as the politician thing goes, the Huffington Post reported that he ran for a seat on the Anaheim City Council back in 2012.

“Over the last year, I have been bullied, belittled, and humiliated by viewers, the media, and my so called ‘friends,'” she said in a statement to ET. “I am not now, nor have I ever been involved in covering for Brooks. I continue to wish him nothing but the best and hope that we can both now move past this difficult chapter in our lives.” “After much prayer, thought, counseling, and consideration, we have decided to end our four year relationship. We both wish nothing but a great future for each other,” the couple said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Brooks said he had been diagnosed with cancer and they had been going to City of Hope for tests. He then refused to answer whether or not he had cancer until she landed and was in the car on the way home. “I feel like he throws that cancer card out to get sympathy,” Tamra said. Though Vicki’s ex moved on rather quickly, the RHOC alum also has an exciting update in her personal life. She shared an Instagram story with her new beau in February of 2022. Vicki has yet to share other details about her new boyfriend, including his name.

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RHOC’s Vicki Gunvalson’s divorce from Donn Gunvalson was finally settled this January (Vicki’s getting $1 million in assets from the deal,) so that means she’s a free woman. With last year’s debacle over boyfriend Brooks Ayers, who, among other things, told Vicki’s daughter Briana’s husband Ryan that he should hit Briana. The 52-year-old has been on-and-off with Brooks for a while, and they broke up again after last season’s reunion. However, on the second episode of this season, Vicki revealed to Tamra that Brooks was still a part of her life.

Besides telling the world Briana was hitched, it also served as a perfect time to introduce her new manfriend to the family. When Vicki was working on tidying up her assets, Brooks was there to let her know that wherever she decided to live, he would be there to live with Booty Finder members her. Briana may have read texts between Vicki and Brooks in 2007, but we didn’t meet her man until the start of Season 7. She unveiled him when he quickly dropped into the gang’s painting party, and then hit the lanes with her for Heather’s Champs and Bowling Shindig.

She was furious that there were any accusations being leveled at all. Gunvalson shut Beador down so hard that Beador started sobbing and did not stop throughout the dinner. Eventually, their daughter Stella tried to explain that vandalism was just an everyday part of the 10-year-old mystique. “You just don’t understand the 10-year-old life,” she complained to her mother.

In his new statement, Ayers implied that he faked the documents in order to keep the real details private, then defended Gunvalson against accusations that she was helping him with some sort of cover-up. According to Ayers, there came a point when he excluded Gunvalson from any medical appointments and details on his treatments, because he “simply wanted to be left alone.” Steve has moved on from his relationship with Vicki, and she is also with someone new. Just a few months after Steve shared his side of the story to People, he announced his engagement through the outlet in January 2022. “Vicki and I ended our engagement and relationship in December of 2020. I did this in person verbally and explained it to her in writing,” he said.