The limited series Dirty John premiered recently on Bravo, and it tells the story of Debra Newell and John Meehan. Made popular by a Los Angeles Times podcast, Newell and Meehan’s story is a romance that ended in murder after Meehan’s web of lies tore Newell’s family apart.
The story ended up hitting close to home for Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson, who revealed during part one of the Season 13 reunion that she “100 percent” saw similarities between her love story with ex-boyfriend Brooks Ayers and the one told on Dirty John.
“This is totally me. My daughter was adamant that this guy was a bad guy. And I was like ‘He wants to make love to me four times a day. He’s filling up my love tank. He says I’m beautiful,’” Gunvalson explained. “It’s really sad. When you’re in it you can’t listen to other people because he was chirping in my ear ‘they’re the enemy. Your daughter just doesn’t want you happy.’ Like all this mixture of chaos.”
Luckily, Gunvalson’s story didn’t end in murder, but she did say that Ayers “murdered my self-esteem and pocketbook,” adding that she is now going after Ayers for money.
According to AllAboutTRH.com, Gunvalson watched the recent Dirty John premiere with her daughter Briana and son-in-law, Ryan Culberson. And, while they watched the episode, Culberson had to throw some shade at his mother-in-law.
O Come, OG Faithful! @Andy is uniting OG Housewives @vgunvalson, @NeNeLeakes, @ramonasinger, @Bethenny, @Teresa_Giudice and @KyleRichards this December to deck the halls and spill some tea on the @BravoWWHL holiday special. My @people
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— Dave Quinn (@NineDaves) November 30, 2018
“Watching a show that hits a little too close to home #dirtyjohn, right @vickigunvalson?” Culberson wrote on his Instagram story.
Bravo viewers couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the new show and Gunvalson’s toxic relationship with Ayers. In Dirty John, Newell’s daughters consistently warn her about Meehan, saying that he isn’t what he seems.
Briana did not like her mom’s relationship with Ayers, and the mother-daughter duo went through some of the same things as the Newells. Both stories also take place in Orange County, so they have even more in common.
New episodes of Dirty John air Sunday nights on Bravo. And, you can watch the premiere episode online.
Catch Vicki Gunvalson in part two of the Real Housewives of Orange County Season 13 reunion Sunday on Bravo.