The Real Housewives Of Orange County (RHOC) reunion, divided into several episodes, provided viewers with what were supposed to be the final answers to the ongoing controversy as well as the interweaving subplots throughout the season. Did Brooks Ayers, the ex-boyfriend of Vicki Gunvalson, have cancer, and what did Vicki herself know? Were the slams justified from most of the RHOC cast as they investigated on their own the claims from Brooks? Or was Ayers the sacrificial lamb for drama?
On the final part of the RHOC reunion, Gunvalson and Brooks separately sought to respond to those and other questions even as new arguments and battles among the Real Housewives Of Orange County cast arose, reported Us Weekly.
Ayers claims that Vicki continues to take his side in the cancer battle. However, on the RHOC reunion, Gunvalson indicated that she thought he was lying.
“[My] gut says he doesn’t have [cancer],” Gunvalson confessed during part three of the Real Housewives Of Orange County reunion.
Wrong, said Brooks. Ayers revealed that he exchanged text messages with Vicki and she changed her story.
The original question of whether Brooks was lying about cancer arose when Meghan King Edmonds, a member of the RHOC cast, demanded to know more details about Ayers’ health condition and investigated on her own his claims that he had cancer. Meghan told the rest of the Real Housewives of Orange County cast that she believed Brooks was lying.
But through it all, Gunvalson seemed to back up Ayers. And now, Brooks said despite the reunion show, Vicki still has faith in Ayers.
“She said no, she didn’t feel like she’s been duped and secondly, she does now believe that I have cancer,” claimed Brooks.
Questioned as to why the RHOC star would alter her views repeatedly, Ayers shrugged it off.
“I don’t know why somebody would change their mind as many times as she does,” he mocked.
However, Vicki confessed to Andy Cohen, who hosts the Real Housewives Of Orange County reunions, that when Ayers would not show her his medical records to prove he had cancer, she began to have doubts. Gunvalson had previously insisted that she was a believer, but the reunion showed her increasing uncertainty about her ex-boyfriend.
In a separate interview, Brooks displayed what he said were bills showing that he paid for chemotherapy. Ayers stated he has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“These are the three bills that reference the days I got my treatment,” claimed Brooks. “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.”
Brooks and Gunvalson split in August after being together for four years.
As the Inquisitr reported, Vicki’s daughter Briana Culberson also doubted Ayers and furthermore, disliked him intensely. As an ER nurse, Briana approached the question of whether Brooks had cancer from a medical viewpoint while admitting that she disliked Ayers on a personal level.
And while the daughter of Vicki cast her professional doubts on Brooks’ health, she also expressed her concern for Gunvalson mixed with her anger that her mother doubted what Briana told her.
During one reunion episode, Vicki insisted that Briana was her priority. But Gunvalson’s daughter disagreed vehemently.
“Brooks would do something terrible and my mom was in a different room and I would think to myself, God, do I even say anything because she’s not going to believe me. She’s going to tell me that I’m a liar,” said Briana. “She’s gonna ask him and he’s gonna lie to her.”
When Cohen requested that Briana go into details on such a situation, Culberson went full force into what happened.
“He hit on me when I was pregnant at her birthday party,” said Briana. “[He offered to show his] ween ween… [and said it was] really big.”
When she told Vicki about what had happened, Gunvalson termed her a liar, said Briana.
“She… said that he would never want me,” added Culberson.
But while her daughter’s statement shocked the other members of the Real Housewives Of Orange County cast, Vicki didn’t just get thrown under the bus by Briana.
Brooks dissed Gunvalson in a separate interview with E! News.
Asked why Vicki would say that Ayers was dying from cancer, Brooks was blunt in his assessment of his former girlfriend.
“She says she absolutely misspoke… She sensationalizes things from time to time,” said Ayers.
Another shocker shared at the RHOC reunion was the accusation that Brooks had physically assaulted Gunvalson, reported Bustle.
“I’ve never shaken Vicki where her head went back and forth like that. We did get into an argument, and I did grab her shoulder and ask her to come outside. That’s not shaking her,” claimed Ayers.
Claims also arose that Brooks abused Gunvalson verbally via texts.
“That was what Briana said, as I recall. There was no threatening. Once again, this is just over the top sensationalism. Drama,” denied Brooks.
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