Real Housewives of Orange County star Kelly Dodd recently revealed that she is engaged to Fox News correspondent Rick Leventhal after a three-month whirlwind romance. And now, she says that her ex-husband Michael Dodd is “not happy” about the engagement.
Kelly told Us Weekly at the Guess Who, B*tch?! Game Night at Moxy Chelsea in New York City that things are “very contentious” right now because Michael “gets upset.” She added that he knows who Leventhal is, and he’s very mean about the entire situation. Kelly said that Michael’s nickname for her fiance is “Gonzo,” and when it comes down to it, “he’s not happy for me.”
“He [Michael] wants to come after me. He says, ‘I’m going to expose you,’” explained Kelly. “I’m like, ‘OK, go ahead, expose me.’ It’s already out there! Everything’s out there. There’s nothing you can say or do that I haven’t been exposed about.”
Kelly and Michael were married for ten years before they divorced in 2017. They share a 13-year-old daughter named Jolie, and Kelly says that Jolie’s reaction to her engagement was the exact opposite of her ex-husband’s.
Kelly said that her daughter is like her partner, and she is “so excited” about the upcoming wedding. Not only is Jolie a good kid, but Kelly says “she’s got it going on,” and she knows exactly what she needs to do to get to the next place.
Leventhal proposed to Kelly on Wednesday, November 13th, just three months after Real Housewives of New York star Ramona Singer introduced them. The proposal happened when they were on the terrace of Leventhal’s apartment that overlooks the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, and Kelly says Leventhal covered the terrace with flowers and there was also a fire. And, when he got down on one knee he told her that she was the love of his life.
Kelly feels great and is excited about the engagement, and she has no doubt that Leventhal is “the one.” Even though she was surprised by the proposal, she says she knew he was the one right away because there were “fireworks right off the bat.”
Kelly also revealed that Singer wants to be a bridesmaid at the wedding, and Dorinda Medley wants to officiate. And, her RHOC co-stars Emily Simpson and Braunwyn Windham-Burke are her “homegirls” who will most likely have some part in the wedding. However, when Kelly Dodd talks about the rest of the cast being involved in her big day, she said, “not so much.”
New episodes of Real Housewives of Orange County air Tuesday nights on Bravo.