EXCLUSIVE: Real Housewives of Orange County's Vicki Gunvalson Defends Her Relationship With Boyfriend

'Real Housewives of Orange County' star Vicki Gunvalson defends her relationship with boyfriend Brooks Ayers in the new issue of Life & Style.

'Real Housewives of Orange County' star Vicki Gunvalson defends her relationship with boyfriend Brooks Ayers in the new issue of Life & Style.

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After two failed marriages, The Real Housewives of Orange County's Vicki Gunvalson found love in Mississippi businessman Brooks Ayers, but Vicki’s daughter, Briana, and son-in-law, Ryan, have voiced their disapproval of her boyfriend loud and clear.

After a brief split, Brooks, 45, and Vicki, 51, reunited, and now Vicki tells Life & Style she won’t let her daughter dictate her love life. “My 26-year-old isn’t going to determine who I date,” Vicki tells Life & Style, on newsstands now. “I understand [Briana and Ryan’s] opinion…but that doesn’t mean I’m going to follow it.”
 
And keeping her daughter, who’s currently living at home, away from her boyfriend is no cakewalk — but Vicki’s trying to make it work.

“I’ve got different pockets in my life. I’ve got my daughter and Brooks,” she shares. “He’s got his own place. So I go to his house, and we’ll watch a movie, or we go out. I’m not forcing Briana to spend time with him.”
 
Despite cheating and "deadbeat dad" accusations, Vicki, who says she’s taking things slowly, is standing by her man while taking her family’s concerns to heart. “I told Brooks, ‘You ever lie to me, you’re done. You cheat on me, you’re done.’ I’m not an idiot, and I’ve got my feelers out,” she says.
 
For more on Vicki’s family drama with her boyfriend, pick up this week’s issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now.

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