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When Vicki Gunvalson arrived at Blue Stone Manor for Peacock’s The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, she was the first to admit she was in no mood to “whoop it up.” After all, the OG of The Real Housewives of Orange County and her former fiancé, Steve Lodge, had just broken up. Looking back, Vicki regrets letting the split spoil her fun on the vacation.
“I was not Vicki Gunvalson at all,” she admitted during The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip panel at BravoCon 2022 on Sunday, October 16. “I was sick, I was depressed, I wanted to go home. So, yeah, I totally regret it. I couldn’t fake it, I couldn’t fake it. I was miserable.”
As it turns out, Vicki ultimately turned her pain into power and hasn’t seen Steve since she left to film RHUGT in the Berkshires in September 2021. “It was that morning when he helped me with my luggage,” she shared during Day 3 of the New York City event.
On RHUGT's Ex-Wives Club edition, which premiered on June 23, Vicki explained that Steve broke up with her just one day before she left for the Berkshires. “Steve and I were together almost six years, engaged for two and a half. We are now officially broken up," she revealed in a season premiere interview. "My heart is broken, and I don’t know what happened.”
Following their split, Steve got married in April 2022, but Vicki agreed at BravoCon that she “dodged a Lodge” in the end. After all, she's already moved on and is filling her love tank with a new boyfriend named Michael. During a July appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Vicki said she is “very lucky” to be with her new man.
Watch The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip on Peacock.
—With reporting by Jocelyn Vena
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