Vicki Gunvalson has accused her ex-fiancé Steve Lodge of betraying her
On Friday the 59-year-old former Real Housewife of Orange County star claimed her ‘disgusting’ ex had done her wrong as she accused him of cheating with a younger woman. ‘No Christian man would do what he’s done,’ she said in excerpt.
Vicki’s split with Steve was reported in late September, but in statements given by Lodge he calls the accusations ‘absolute lies’ and dates the ending of their relationship back to 2020.
Drama: The former Real Housewife of Orange County slammed her ex-fiancé for cheating and claimed that he used her and lied to her in an effort to gain support for a failed gubernatorial run, but he denied such accusations as ‘absolute lies’ in a statement; pictured November 2019
Vicki’s BFF and former castmate Tamra Judge had posted an Instagram Friday where she spoke about Vicki’s heartbreak — which was then used as a sounding board to air the details of her relationship.
‘Get out of bed and let’s go whoop it up. I hate to see you so sad no one is worth it girl. Especially after what you allegedly found out last night! You are beautiful, you are strong, you are smart! Don’t let anyone tell you any different (I will be screening all guys that want to date Ms. Gunvalson in the future).’
Vicki first commented: ‘Thanks Tamra. Yes, I’m passing the baton on to you. My picker is obviously off’ before she engaged with followers who asked her to ‘spill the tea.’
From their Gunvalson continued to go off on Lodge. When one follower asked if he was cheating she replied with a simple ‘Yep.’
Time to move on: Vicki’s BFF and former castmate Tamra Judge had posted an Instagram Friday where she spoke about Vicki’s heartbreak — which was then used as a sounding board to air the details of her defunct relationship
Different story: After their split was reported in September Vicki had claimed ‘There is no fault with either person, we are just going in different directions. I wish him the best life has to offer and to be happy, and he has wished the same for me’; pictured 2017
Another follower asked for some specifics while writing that Lodge ‘seemed so wholesome and good for her,’ prompting her to drop bombshell accusations.
‘He used me, he lied to me, he’s been dating a 36-year-old and is not what he portrays. himself to be. No Christian man would do what he’s done,’ she wrote while Tamra added: ‘while sleeping in your bed running for governor, using your followers.’
Lodge, 63, was a gubernatorial hopeful who ran against Gavin Newsom in the California recall election, and though she had publicly supported him Vicki has now accused him of using her platform to gain supporters.
Providing more details about his affair Vicki wrote: ‘While I was out of town working on a biz trip he took her to my condo in Mexico! He’s been flaunting around my town in OC making out in public places it’s disgusting.’
Cheating: In the comments Vicki claimed Lodge had been cheating on her with a younger woman and has continued to ‘flaunt’ his affair around town
She continued to say that he ‘moved out of my condo a few weeks ago and is renting a 1bedroom in the next tower over from me. Same pool, same complex.’
Prior to her Instagram rant — during which she asked people to ‘unfollow Steve’ — she had said of the split: ‘There is no fault with either person, we are just going in different directions. I wish him the best life has to offer and to be happy, and he has wished the same for me.’
In numerous statements given to both TooFab and Page Six, Lodge tells an entirely different story and even dates the split back to December 2020.
‘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. We had not been in an intimate relationship since September of 2020. I have been living in Puerto Vallarta in my own condo, not hers since the beginning of 2021,’ he told TooFab.
‘We remained friends, but it was clear to me Vicki was still waiting more, which I told her was not possible. ‘I wanted to move on with my life and I could not do that with Vicki. I’m sorry that Vicki can not except this, but it was time.’
Supportive: Over the summer she had publicly supported his bid for Governor but has since claimed that he used her platform as a means to get voters, though he dates their split back to December 2020
He continued to say: ‘The absolute lies she is now spreading on social media is very disappointing and disingenuous, to say the least. But I can not say I’m surprised. She should not be dragging Tamra or anyone else into her lies. With that being said, I still wish her all the best.’
The pair got engaged in April 2019 after dating for three years following her split from Brooks Ayers — a man who forged medical records claiming he had cancer (which he maintained).
Despite his timeline, according to an Us Weekly insider, Lodge had broken up with Vicki while cameras were rolling on the Peacock spinoff Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip.
‘Steve broke up with Vicki while she was filming the spinoff show in the Berkshires. After he told her this, she was traumatized. It ruined her.’
Right hand gal: Tamra (right) — her best friend and former OC castmate — lit the fire on Instagram which prompted Vicki to divulge details of the failed relationship, and it was reported Lodge had broken up with her while the ladies were filming the Peacock spinoff Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip