Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson confirmed that she and ex-fiancé Steve Lodge split in September 2021. As of December 2021, Lodge has a new fiancé named Janis Carlson, as reported by People Magazine. The publication noted that Gunvalson’s girlfriend and former “RHOC” co-star Tamra Judge spoke to Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave about the former police officer during a January 2022 appearance on Jeff Lewis Live. The judge revealed that she had a conversation with Lodge and congratulated him on his engagement. She then explained that his former fiancé also had an interaction with him and Carlson.
“She bumped into him with his girlfriend and chased him out of the restaurant. She also told me, ‘I chased him out of the restaurant and he got in his car and ran away.’ I said, ‘Vicki, oh my god, did anyone take a video of this?’ She said, ‘I don’t think so,'” Judge recalled.
People magazine reported that Lodge previously reported interacting with Gunvalson. According to his November 2021 statement, he and his fiancé “went to Brio [Restaurant] to have dinner,” where “Vicki and a group (she appeared to be on a date) were sitting at the bar.” Lodge claimed that he and Carlson “immediately made a U-turn and left” upon seeing Gunvalson. He then claimed that after they left the establishment, his former partner “was hunted down [them] all the way to [their] car” while “screeches”.
“Janis and I left, never saying a word to her or even acknowledging her,” reads part of the statement.
According to People magazine, the former RHOC star commented on Lodge’s claims. Speaking to the newspaper, she said she told her ex-fiancé they had “some unfinished business to discuss”.
“There was no screaming, no screeching and no volatility. He made the decision to leave the restaurant and he was never chased,” Gunvalson claimed.
In January 2021, Gunvalson appeared on Judge and Arroyave’s podcast Two T’s In A Pod. During the interview, she spoke about her relationship with Lodge. She shared that she “will never be over him.”
“To me, when you fall in love with someone as much as I do, you don’t just move from one house to another,” insists the mother-of-two.
While speaking with Judge and Arroyave, Gunvalson also revealed that she went on two dates with someone who didn’t know she was a Bravo star. She stated that they met again after a successful first date. However, her date noticed people taking pictures of her and was surprised to learn that she was a former member of the ‘RHOC’ cast. The television personality shared that he then went on to kiss her while they danced together.
“I said I don’t do it. Even if we’re married, I don’t do it,” Gunvalson recalls.
She went on to say he told her he was unhappy that she wasn’t showing him affection in public. According to the 59-year-old, he later texted her explaining that he wasn’t interested in dating a famous person.
Gunvalson and Judge have not appeared since the fourteenth season of RHOC. during one December 2021 Us Weekly interview, shared with her co-star Gina Kirschenheiter if she thought they should return to the hit Bravo series. She stated that she “doesn’t make those decisions,” but isn’t opposed to the idea.
“If people think there’s a place for them and they put them at the table with me, I think let’s see what happens. I don’t know, maybe we’ll see if that’s interesting,” said the 37-year-old.
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