Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson has recently had to deal with claims from her co-stars that her boyfriend, Steve Lodge, is using her for her money. And now, according to a new report, Gunvalson is ready to call it quits with Lodge because she is tired of being the breadwinner in the relationship.
An insider says that a breakup is coming, even though Lodge moved in with Gunvalson earlier this year.
“Vicki is going to spin this break up like Steve wasn’t ready for marriage, so that is why she ended it, but in actuality, the two of them haven’t been on the same page for a while now,” says a close friend of Gunvalson.
The 56-year-old reality star met Lodge at a charity event in early 2016 not long after she split from her cancer-scheming ex-boyfriend, Brooks Ayers. Gunvalson rebounded with the army veteran and ex-cop, and there have been talks about a possible wedding.
Lodge ran for Anaheim City Council in 2012 and 2016, and he currently works at Chamus and Associates, a public relations firm. However, according to Radar Online, he isn’t as busy as Gunvalson, and he has turned into a stay-at-home boyfriend. But, Gunvalson wants nothing to do with that.
Gunvalson’s co-stars have voiced their true feelings about Lodge, and many of them believe it is a “Sugar Mama” situation that is destined to fail. Kelly Dodd recently said that Lodge was using Gunvalson for her money, but she is still upset that Lodge and Gunvalson remained friends with her ex, Michael Dodd, after they divorced.
Dodd also claimed in a recent RHOC episode that she knew the girl that Lodge dated before Gunvalson, and he apparently told his ex that she was using Gunvalson for her money.
Tamra Judge also told Bravo cameras that when they visited a matchmaker with Shannon Beador, Gunvalson wanted to get set up, too. Judge said, “she does not love Steve!” However, she later backtracked on Twitter and admitted that there was love in the relationship.
Tamra Judge Says She’s “Sorry To Have Made That Comment” About Vicki Gunvalson’s Relationship With Steve Lodge And Thinks Gina Kirschenheiter’s “Divorce Does Sound A Little Odd” #RHOC
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Newcomer Emily Simpson has argued that it’s ok that Gunvalson is with a guy who doesn’t make money because she makes her own. However, Gunvalson got defensive and said that Lodge “has money.”
An insider says that both Dodd and Judge are right, and Vicki Gunvalson isn’t in love with Lodge, and she can’t force it. The couple is allegedly “never intimate,” and she is starting to believe that maybe Steve Lodge is dating her for the money and fame.
New episodes of Real Housewives of Orange County air Monday nights on Bravo.