Someone’s love tank isn’t just full, it’s overflowing. The OG of the OC, Vicki Gunvalson, is newly engaged to longtime boyfriend Steve Lodge. The Real Housewives of Orange County star shared the news with her 1 million followers on Instagram today, alongside a photo of herself with Steve. The couple looked happier than ever in the new photo, one wherein Vicki displayed her large rock as she held her hand against Steve’s chest.
Steve shared the same photo to his own Instagram page, and gushed that his sweetheart had “said yes.” According to Us Weekly, Steve popped the question on Monday night, after cooking the reality star a romantic dinner at her home. Steve also reportedly talked to Vicki’s children — and got their blessings — before asking for her hand in marriage.
The duo began dating in 2016, and their relationship has played out over the years on RHOC. In this past season of the hit Bravo reality series, Tamra Judge pressured Steve to propose to Vicki, an act which resulted in a walkout from the former cop. Steve wasn’t happy to have pressure put on him, especially on camera, but it’s obvious now that he never had any doubts about committing to Vicki.
Vicki’s marriage to Steve will mark the third wedding for the COTO Insurance founder. The reality star was previously married to Michael J. Wolfsmith, from 1982 to 1991, and to Donn Gunvalson — from 1994 to 2014. Vicki shares both of her children, Briana Culberson and Michael Wolfsmith, with her first husband.
It’s no shock to RHOC fans that Vicki has been ready for marriage since splitting from Donn in 2014. The 57-year-old often discusses her ideal marriage on the show, and it looks like she’s finally getting a shot at it.
“I am so ready for marriage, I’m a marriage girl. I told him from the very beginning, if you don’t want to get married, then don’t waste your time with me because I love being married, there’s no ring on right now, but we’re taking it slow and have a great relationship, that’s the most important thing for me, is making sure it’s a solid relationship,” Vicki told Us Weekly back in 2017.
Many of Vicki’s current and former RHOC co-stars shared in her joy by commenting on the new photo. Lizzie Rovsek, Emily Simpson, and Lydia McLaughlin all showed their support for Vicki in the comments section.
The engagement is likely to play out on Season 14 of The Real Housewives of Orange County, which will return later this year.