Since last season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, fans have watched the relationship between Vicki Gunvalson and Brooks Ayers bloom, fall apart, and then– most recently — possibly re-surge. Brooks took a lot of heat last season for being a “con artist” and for telling Vicki “what she wanted to hear.”
On Monday night’s episode it appeared as though Vicki’s daughter, Briana, was the cause of problems with Vicki’s relationship. She even threatened to move out of Vicki’s house. But in an exclusive interview with RumorFix’s Real Mr. Housewife, Brooke says, “Briana is NOT the cause of our issues.”
Vicki’s controversial boyfriend continues, “Briana — as I have in my past with parents who divorced — is being very cautious at this point of anyone who dates her mother. I completely understand where Briana is coming from. As an adult of parents who divorced, we are on ‘high alert’ when it comes to anyone else coming into our families lives after the pain of a divorce. I have respected Briana and Ryan’s choices and wish them the very best.”
Brooks also says he has no issue with Briana’s husband, Ryan, “I respect Ryan for serving our country. He is a good husband to Briana and obviously a great father to Troy,”
So if Briana isn’t the issue, what is? “We both are too much alike,” Brooks confesses.
In spite of whatever is happening on the reality show, Brooks reveals to Real Mr. Housewife that he and Vicki are still together — they took a break last season because, “I didn’t want our issues to come between Vicki and her daughter Briana. As a family, they were in the midst of celebrating the birth of Briana and Ryan’s first child, Troy. I shared with Vicki that she needed to focus totally on that special occasion. I have four children and experienced the birth of all of them. It is just an incredible time.”
Brooks also wanted to take this opportunity to respond to allegations that he’s a con artist and a deadbeat dad.
“Bravo presented me as this low life, no good, deadbeat person,” Brooks laments. “That just simply isn’t the case. Have I made mistakes in my past? Absolutely. Have I made them right? Absolutely. Am I a good parent? I am very involved in my three oldest kids lives. I financially, emotionally, and spiritually support them. I see them as often as my schedule allows. Currently, I am fighting custody of my youngest child Joey. For legal reasons, I cannot go into further details.”
He adds, “This is TV built for drama. Real Housewives of Orange County is not scripted, but it has an element to it that makes everyone out to be something that, in reality, they are not. I am definitely not a con artist. I am big on positive affirmations, though. I give my friends, employees, family, children, and those I care about encouraging words all the time.”