Vicki Gunvalson gushes about ‘incredible weekend’ with new boyfriend in her hometown in Illinois


RHOC alum Vicki Gunvalson gushes about ‘incredible weekend’ with new boyfriend in her hometown in Illinois

Vicki Gunvalson and her new boyfriend, Michael, took their relationship to the next level over the weekend with a trip to her hometown in Illinois.

After introducing her man, who she met through a mutual friend back in January, to her loved ones, the Real Housewives of Orange County alum, 60, couldn’t help but gush about the experience. 

‘We had an incredible weekend with my family,’ the reality star told Page Six following their visit to The Prairie State, where she grew up.

Big step: Vicki Gunvalson and her new beau took their relationship to the next level over the weekend with a trip to her hometown in Illinois

Big step: Vicki Gunvalson and her new beau took their relationship to the next level over the weekend with a trip to her hometown in Illinois

The TV personality continued: ‘Michael met my grandchildren, brother, my sister and her family and my closest high school friends.’

She went on to rave that her man was a hit with her daughter Briana Culberson’s sons Troy, nine, and Owen, 7, who she said called him ‘the big guy’ and ‘asked him to go to their baseball games, to the movies and even to play cards with them last night.’

‘My heart is full, and it couldn’t have gone any better,’ the mother-of-two added.

Mingling: After introducing her man, who she met through a mutual friend back in January, to her loved ones, the Real Housewives of Orange County alum, 60, couldn't help but gush about the experience

Mingling: After introducing her man, who she met through a mutual friend back in January, to her loved ones, the Real Housewives of Orange County alum, 60, couldn’t help but gush about the experience

'We had an incredible weekend with my family,' the reality star told Page Six following their visit to The Prairie State, where she grew up

‘We had an incredible weekend with my family,’ the reality star told Page Six following their visit to The Prairie State, where she grew up

On her Instagram Story, she shared a number of sweet photos of Michael with his arm around her as they mingled with her loved ones. 

In the photos, Gunvalson can be seen sporting a white Christian Dior t-shirt, ripped jean shorts and sparkly black sandals. 

The post garnered a number of comments from her pals, including Kelly Dodd and Gretchen Rossi.

Fitting right in: The TV personality continued: 'Michael met my grandchildren, brother, my sister and her family and my closest high school friends'

Fitting right in: The TV personality continued: ‘Michael met my grandchildren, brother, my sister and her family and my closest high school friends’

‘Omg I love your family say hi to Mike from me ❤️❤️,’ Dodd commented, while Rossi wrote: ‘Ahh ❤️❤️❤️.’

During the vacation, the lovebirds enjoyed pizza, an adults-only boat ride and grabbing drinks at Kief’s Reef. 

In February, the star was still keeping her man’s identity under wraps, but said her beau, from Texas, is everything she has ever wanted in a partner.

'My heart is full, and it couldn't have gone any better,' the mother-of-two added

‘My heart is full, and it couldn’t have gone any better,’ the mother-of-two added

‘I manifested him. He has everything [on the list] but one [thing]. Including wearing cowboy boots and loving country-western music. He doesn’t have a boat,’ the owner of Coto Insurance & Financial Services revealed on Access Hollywood’s Housewives Nightcap.

Gunvalson also said he is ‘the first man that has ever really treated’ her ‘to anything.’ 

In September, Gunvalson confirmed the end of her engagement to Steve Lodge in a somber Instagram post after more than five years together.

Smitten:  In February, the star was still keeping her man's identity under wraps, but said her beau, from Texas, is everything she has ever wanted in a partner

Smitten:  In February, the star was still keeping her man’s identity under wraps, but said her beau, from Texas, is everything she has ever wanted in a partner

The reality television veteran shared an inspirational quote with the news of their relationship, which was documented for years on Real Housewives of Orange County.

‘This is what appeared for today’s ‘Vibe of the day’… pretty appropriate for what I’m going through,’ she wrote. ‘It’s taken me a day to be able to make a statement after the press started writing about Steve and I. Yes, the rumors are true. The time has come for Steve and I to move forward or move on and we are …. moving on.

‘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. 

Moving on: Last year, Gunvalson confirmed the end of her engagement to Steve Lodge in a somber Instagram post after five years together

Moving on: Last year, Gunvalson confirmed the end of her engagement to Steve Lodge in a somber Instagram post after five years together

‘I gave it my all, but sometimes the ‘ALL’ isn’t enough.’

Sources told E! News that the couple initially split in June before reconciling, but couldn’t make things work as they were ‘living separately’ for some time.

‘Steve and Vicki had been living separately for much of the pandemic,’ a source said before noting that ‘Steve had been living like he was a single man in Puerto Vallarta, while Vicki was in the U.S.’ 

Tough: The reality television veteran shared an inspirational quote with the news she broke off her two-year engagement, which was documented through the years on Real Housewives of Orange County

Tough: The reality television veteran shared an inspirational quote with the news she broke off her two-year engagement, which was documented through the years on Real Housewives of Orange County

'This is what appeared for today¿s ¿Vibe of the day¿¿ pretty appropriate for what I¿m going through,' she wrot

‘This is what appeared for today’s ‘Vibe of the day’… pretty appropriate for what I’m going through,’ she wrote

The pair first met in 2016 at a Boys & Girls Club charity event in Anaheim, Calif. which was filmed for Bravo cameras.

He later popped the question in April 2019 and they celebrated with a cowboy-themed party at the Coto Valley Country Club just east of Laguna Beach.

‘Sometimes, I think you just have to find out for yourself what’s right,’ Vicki said at the time. ‘I’m at a good place but I like being married. I’m a marriage girl.’ 

In the past: Gunvalson and Steve Lodge first met in 2016 at a Boys & Girls Club charity event in Anaheim, Calif. which was filmed for Bravo cameras; seen in 2019

In the past: Gunvalson and Steve Lodge first met in 2016 at a Boys & Girls Club charity event in Anaheim, Calif. which was filmed for Bravo cameras; seen in 2019

The RHOC matriarch served as the longest running castmember of the franchise since it premiered on Bravo in 2006, but was demoted to a friend role for season 14 before ultimately leaving the show.

Her 20-year marriage and subsequent divorce to Don Gunvalson was a major storyline through the years.

During an appearance on the Behind The Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast earlier this year, Vicki blamed her divorce on reality television. 

Bride-to-be: The RHOC matriarch served as the longest running castmember of the franchise since it premiered on Bravo in 2006, but was demoted to a friend role for season 14 before ultimately leaving the show

Bride-to-be: The RHOC matriarch served as the longest running castmember of the franchise since it premiered on Bravo in 2006, but was demoted to a friend role for season 14 before ultimately leaving the show

‘I did everything right, except falling prey to divorce,’ she said. ‘I mean, I think that hindsight, um, I know for a fact that if I wasn’t on a reality show, I wouldn’t have been divorced.’

Following her divorce with Donn, she dated Brooks Ayers, who she filed a lawsuit against in 2019 accusing him of not paying her back money she loaned him in 2011.

She said on the podcast: ‘Then I got taken for a ride by Brooks and he owes me over $300,000. And then I was in a block of lawsuits.’

Gunvalson caught major controversy from the women beginning in Season 10 while dating Brooks Ayers who lied about having cancer and later admitted to forging medical documents.

Done: Her 20-year marriage and subsequent divorce to Don Gunvalson was a major storyline through the years; seen during a vow renewal ceremony in Mexico

Done: Her 20-year marriage and subsequent divorce to Don Gunvalson was a major storyline through the years; seen during a vow renewal ceremony in Mexico

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