The 'Wife's beau trades the South for Southern California.

on May 4, 2012 - The Dish

Brooks Ayers and Vicki Gunvalson

What's missing from Mississippi? Brooks Ayers.

"I grew up in Mississippi, lived in Mississippi my entire life. I went to Mississippi State," the boyfriend of Real Housewives of Orange County's Vicki Gunvalson tells and And now? "I have relocated to the O.C. a year ago. ... We decided we would take it to the next level. In order for that to happen, I needed to be located closer to her."

Heading west meant leaving behind his three children from his first marriage, a 21-year-old son who's a junior at Brooks' rival college Ole Miss, an 18-year-old daughter who's attending Mississippi State next year and a 12-year-old daughter named Reagan after the former president. Brooks also has a 3-year-old son named Joey from another relationship who lives in Indianapolis. "I talk to them every day. Technology is a wonderful thing," he adds.

Brooks, who first met Vicki in May 2007 at an insurance and investment conference in Atlanta, says, "I've become a better businessperson, a better person, a better parent as a result of my relationship with Vicki." How has she changed? "Vicki's becoming a college football fan now. She wears her Mississippi State t-shirt when the Bulldogs are playing." And woo-hoos for touchdowns?

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