RHOC's Brooks Ayers Claims He Never Told Vicki Gunvalson He Was Dying From Cancer

Real Housewives of Orange County's Brooks Ayers claimed in a new interview that he never told Vicki Gunvalson that he was dying: "She sensationalizes things," he said. Credit: Peter Kramer/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Even after the season finale of Real Housewives of Orange County, Brooks Ayers is still at the center of drama. The reality star, who formerly dated Vicki Gunvalson, opened up in a new interview about his cancer diagnosis, and whether it was life-threatening.

In his latest sit-down with E! News on Tuesday, Nov. 3, Ayers was asked why Gunvalson and other Housewives were under the impression that he was dying.

"I can't. I'm not responsible for what Vicki communicates to people," Ayers replied. "Again, I have the emails from Vicki clarifying that as well where she says she absolutely misspoke . . . She sensationalizes things from time to time."

Ayers, who dated Gunvalson up until this past summer, was the main topic of drama this past season and during RHOC's reunion special, which concluded on Sunday, Nov. 1. During the dramatic showdown, Gunvalson concluded that her "gut says that he doesn't have" cancer. "I don’t have any proof that he doesn’t," Gunvalson told her peers, point-blank. "And he won’t give me enough proof that he does."

Ayers was asked during part I of his interview with E! on Monday night about why Gunvalson was under the impression that he was terminally ill. (As Tamra Judge revealed, the veteran OC Housewife left her then-husband, Donn, for Ayers, who claimed he was dying from pancreatic cancer; in reality, it was a far, less-grave condition, pancreatitis, according to Gunvalson's daughter, Briana Culberson.)

"I never told her that, absolutely not," Ayers claimed on Monday. "She gets backed into a corner, she says one thing and then when she's with the other person…She just did it with me at the reunion. She said, 'I believe he doesn't have cancer.'"

In the first part of his chat with E!, Ayers also showed the network his medical bills with chemo treatments costing upwards to $33,000. He also revealed documents that he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Ayers further claimed that Gunvalson texted him after the reunion aired, and supposedly wrote that she still believes he has cancer. "She said 'No,' she didn't feel like she's been duped," Ayers claimed of Gunvalson's texts. "And secondly, she does now believe that I have cancer. . . You have to ask her. I don't know why. I don't know why somebody would change their mind as many times as she does."

After a whirlwind, tumultuous relationship — that especially warranted the disapproval of Gunvalson's beloved daughter Briana Culberson — the couple split this past August. "After much prayer, thought, counseling, and consideration, we have decided to end our four year relationship,” they told Us. "We both wish nothing but a great future for each other. We have come to realize that one can indeed love someone in their heart, but that the time may come for their lives to take separate paths.”

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