Brooks Ayers won’t be making an in-person appearance on The Real Housewives of Orange County’s upcoming Season 10 reunion special. In fact, Vicki Gunvalson’s ex-boyfriend couldn’t be more finished with the Bravo show that launched the entire Housewives franchise. In an exclusive interview with Us Weekly, Ayers blasts the series, telling Us it’s “manufactured drama,” and that, doubters be damned, he’s still battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Ayers also plans on suing adversary Meghan King Edmonds if she doesn’t “change her ways.”
“The only people in my life that I’ve been battling have been the women this year. And it’s nothing more than a manufactured story line,” Ayers tells Us of Gunvalson’s RHOC costars, who meddled with his medical issues on the current Season 10. “It creates drama and relevance for them to be able to challenge somebody else’s illness. I simply wanted to share with people that you can survive a relationship in the public eye and be there to nurture each other — Vicki through the loss of her mom, me battling cancer for a third time — and it turned into a circus.”
A circus, indeed. As fans are well aware, Edmonds has been attempting to disprove Ayers’ cancer claims from the get-go, even going as far as to contact his medical team. Meanwhile, Gunvalson remained by Ayers’ side up until their August split.
“Meghan has scoffed that ‘Oh my God, Brooks is threatening to sue me.’ But what people don’t know is I have sent her a formal letter from my attorney…demanding certain things, and I do have significant grounds if she doesn’t change her ways and she’s got an opportunity to do that,” Ayers continued to Us. “[This is] defamation. I’m hitting back. She has a chance to make it right and we’ll see if she does or not.”
Ayers explained to Us he’s stopped chemotherapy and has since opted to go a different route to fight his Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
“I decided I would go and try to attack my body in a natural way with not just Resveratrol, a whole host of other things as well, and then I would keep it in check and monitor it just like I normally would do,” the Louisiana native explained. "And what would I have to lose? At that point when I made that decision, after my third round of chemo, four months of treatment and eating healthy and diet and doing the infrared sauna and all the other things that I was doing…my numbers had not gotten better."
He continued of his decision: “It may be against my oncologist’s advice because he’s Western medicine, but this is my body and it’s a practice of medicine, and I did my own research, lengthy research, much more than Meghan could have ever done or does.”
“[Meghan] doesn’t really care about me sincerely, she cares about being relevant on the show,” Ayers charged. “And that saddens me, and that’s immaturity on her part. But my numbers have improved and my inflammations are gone. I’m not out of the woods, it doesn’t mean my cancer is gone, but I’m heading in the right direction.”
As for Gunvalson, Ayers has had limited contact with the so-called OG Housewife, 53. "I’ve talked to her once in the last couple of weeks," he tells Us. "We’ve emailed and texted on occasion.”
“Today [at the reunion] will be the last time Vicki has got to deal with it in front of the ladies. They’ll move on to next season, and they can pick on somebody else, and manufacture some drama,” he concluded. “I care for her, I wish her well, it just didn’t work out [for] us.”
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