The end of a chapter. The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Brooks Ayers opened up in a recent interview about his current relationship with ex Vicki Gunvalson and revealed why the two barely speak anymore.
“I’ve moved on and am very happy,” Ayers told RealMRHousewife.com on Tuesday, June 29. “I wish her the best. I have no desire to be involved with her or her family. Too toxic for me … . Once and for all, we are done as a couple.”
While the once-in-love pair still do communicate every now and then, Ayers told the site that their exchanges are simply business related, not romantic or even friendly.
“I’m only talking to Vicki because of the Vodka lawsuit from 2013,” the Mississippi native explained. “All of the claims against me have been dropped yet my counterclaims against the plaintiff still remain.”
As previously reported, Ayers and Gunvalson, 54, attempted to launch a vodka line together three years ago. Their joint entrepreneurial endeavor went defunct after the duo’s former business partner Robert Williamson III fired off a slew of lawsuits and allegations. He sued Ayers and Gunvalson for breach of contract and fraud, among other things.
“Unfortunately, Vicki is still having to deal with claims for and against her,” he added. “So we do talk strategy to help each other. It’s all business between us now.”
Despite Ayers’ insistence that he and Gunvalson will never get back together, RHOC starlet Tamra Judge seems to think otherwise.
Judge made a June 27 appearance on Watch What Happens Live, where she stated that she believes her longtime gal pal Gunvalson — who split with Ayers back in August 2015 after four years of dating — will one day take him back.
“I can only speculate but I do think they’re still talking,” Judge, 48, told show host Andy Cohen. “I think it’s a matter of time before they get back together.”
As RHOC fans will recall, Ayers was accused of lying about having cancer, as documented on the hit Bravo show. Gunvalson stood by his side for months, which caused a huge rift between herself and Judge, among other castmates (who thought Ayers was lying). He later admitted that he fabricated medical documents, a revelation that caused Gunvalson to call it quits. To this day, Ayers maintains his cancer diagnosis.
On Tuesday, Ayers told RealMRHousewife.com that he would never entertain the thought of reigniting his romance with Gunvalson: “Not a chance! I’ve removed all drama in my life since I last saw her in August 2015.”
For her part, Gunvalson is focused on her new beau, Steve Lodge. On June 16, the Bravo personality told Us Weekly that her daughter, Briana Wolfsmith-Culberson (who famously feuded on-camera with Ayers), is a big fan of her latest love interest.
“[Briana] loves him!” she raved to Us about the politician and retired police officer. “They do wine night together when I’m working or traveling. She calls him and says, ‘Steve, are you coming over?’ It’s so funny!”
“I love it! I wanted that. It’s my answered prayers. I wanted a family that could all be together at the holidays and could travel,” Gunvalson continued. “We are planning a trip together over the holidays with all the families.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs on Bravo Mondays at 9 p.m. ET.