8 Things You Didn’t Know About RHOC Star Vicki Gunvalson
Vicki Gunvalson is known as the OG of the O.C. She’s the longest standing housewife in the entire Real Housewives franchise and, of course on The Real Housewives of Orange County. Gunvalson has earned her keep on the show and she’s developed a strong fan following since she joined a decade ago back in 2006. She’s now considered a veteran housewife who consistently brings drama to the show and has opened up her life to become a reality star. Viewers have watched her go from raising two teenagers in her house, to becoming a grandmother, getting divorced from her second husband and starting new relationships and friendships. It’s been a long road for Vicki on the show and we’ve definitely learned a lot about her life over the past 11 seasons, but there’s still a few things we don’t know! Here’s a look at 8 things you probably didn’t know about Vicki Gunvalson:
8. Her Father Taught Her Work Ethic
Born Victoria Gunvalson in 1962, Vicki grew up in the suburbs of Chicago with her two parents and four siblings, Kathy and Kim who are twins and Lisa and Bill. Her father was the breadwinner of the family as he owned a major construction company, while her mother stayed at home. Fans of The Real Housewives of Orange County will know that Vicki is a hardworking woman who has built her career up from nothing and she doesn’t shy away from talking about her success and work ethic. Vicki dedicates it all to being raised by a hard working father. When she was only 10-years-old she was already learning how to budget and save money! She said her father would sit her and her siblings down at the kitchen table, lay out all of their bills and teach them how to set aside money from each paycheck while also covering their costs.
7. Being a Single Mother
Vicki has been married three times and her two children, Michael and Brianna, are from the first marriage to Michael J. Wolfsmith. Fans of the show know about her second husband, Don, but we don’t know much about her first husband, Michael. In an interview with Wet Paint, she said her life wasn’t ideal during her first marriage and even accused him of being abusive. “It was a very hard life. I can’t fix his abusive nature and his screaming and his lies…it really gave me the initiative to go out and make a better life for myself, for my children.” She married Wolfsmith back in 1983 when she was only 21-years-old, but they were both too young and Michael had a drinking problem: “[he] was an alcoholic…he abused me verbally [and] he had many affairs during our marriage.” In 1992 when she was only 29-years-old, she divorced Michael and became a single mother of two. Since then, Micheal’s had a slew of legal problems including going to jail in 1997 for disorderly conduct, jumping bail, getting evicted, having a tax lien in 2010 and a warrant for his arrest for unpaid child support to his second wife. Yikes!