REAL Housewives of Orange County alum Vicki Gunvalson believes her ex-fiance, Steve Lodge, “is already dating” new women and thinks he “used her for fame” during their relationship, a source has exclusively told The Sun.
Vicki and the politician ended their two-year engagement in late September, E! reported.
The insider claimed Vicki once believed she had found her “soulmate” and that the couple would be “together for life.”
The source told The Sun: “Vicki and Steve talked about marrying in Puerto Vallarta. She bought the home so they could retire there.
“She is still madly in love with Steve. Most recently, Vicki supported his run for the California Governor campaign.”
Already “devastated,” Vicki was further crushed when she learned Steve had been spotted out and about with a new woman.
“While Vicki was vacationing in Mexico last weekend, she found out that Steve was spotted with a woman looking very cozy at a restaurant that they had once frequented together.”
The source added Vicki’s close friends believe Steve has “no shame” and was using her to gain followers and support for his gubernatorial campaign.
The source noted: “Vicki believed in their future together and now she feels used. While Vicki is heartbroken, she is strong and able to pick up the pieces and move forward.”
Steve and Vicki were reportedly still living together until three weeks ago.
At the end of September, it was announced Vicki and Steve Lodge had parted ways, as he has been “living the single life in Mexico.”
Vicki, 59, and Steve had been engaged for two years before deciding to call it quits.
Following the news of their breakup, Vicki posted on Instagram: “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.
“I gave it my all, but sometimes the “ALL” isn’t enough. We both have no further comment.”
According to E! News: “Steve and Vicki had been living separately for much of the pandemic.
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“Steve had been living like he was a single man in Puerto Vallarta, while Vicki was in the US.”
The Army Vet asked for Vicki’s hand in marriage back in April 2019, as he even obtained her kids’ blessing before popping the question.
At the time, a source told Page Six: “It wasn’t filmed. He really wanted to do it privately. He wanted to do it because the two of them are in love and wanted it to be a private, special moment.”
While it looks like she was set to tie the knot, this would not have been the RHOC star’s first marriage.
She was first married to Michael Wolfsmith from 1982 to 1991, and then to Donn Gunvalson from 1994 to 2014.
Vicki is a mom to two kids, Briana and Michael, with her first husband.
Vicki as well as her costar Tamra Judge were fired from the popular Bravo series back in 2020.
When asked why she believes she got the boot, Vicki explained last year: “There’s several things we thought of…we got very expensive and I think they said that viewers were ready for younger blood.”
She continued: “I thought, well, you can’t really say that because the viewers and followers have followed my life for 15 years.
“And all of a sudden… I just didn’t die.”
Vicki concluded: “I just don’t know how this cast is gonna carry on with two main cast members gone.”
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