Vicki Gunvalson is enjoying a romantic vacation in the Bahamas with her boyfriend, Steve Lodge. Amid reports that Gunvalson has been demoted to a friend for the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of Orange County, the OG of the OC sparked engagement rumors after spending an afternoon shopping for diamond rings.
Gunvalson shared a video of her shopping adventure on Instagram and tagged Lodge in the caption. The clip cuts out right after Gunvalson is shown placing one of the rings on her finger, which left fans wondering if an engagement is around the corner.
“Doing a little shopping,” Gunvalson wrote alongside the video.
According to Ok Magazine, Gunvalson’s relationship with Lodge is stronger than ever, and many fans believe that it’s only a matter of time before he pops the big question. Over the past two months, the couple has gone on two vacations and worked with each other to renovate Gunvalson’s home. Lodge has not revealed his proposal plans just yet, but it looks like a wedding is definitely in his future.
The engagement rumors come amid reports that Gunvalson is no longer a full-time cast member on RHOC. Insiders claim that producers decided to demote Gunvalson to friend status in light of her ongoing feud with Kelly Dodd.
Gunvalson and Dodd battled it out last season, and their feud reached a boiling point during the Season 13 reunion. As fans will recall, Gunvalson accused Dodd of using cocaine during the reunion, which prompted some major backlash on social media. In fact, Dodd vowed to quit the reality show if Gunvalson wasn’t punished for making ridiculous allegations.
There is no telling if Vicki Gunvalson will agree to return in such a limited role, especially given her history on the show.
Production for Season 14 of the Real Housewives of Orange County has already begun, and the series is expected to return sometime this year.