Steve claims he purchased the 5.28 carat diamond ring — but Kelly tells another story.
"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Kelly Dodd claims to know a secret about co-star Vicki Gunvalson’s recent engagement to boyfriend Steve Lodge.
According to Dodd, Gunvalson bought her own ring.
"You know where the ring is of course cuz you bought the ring," Kelly tweeted during Tuesday’s episode of "RHOC," during which Vicki was seen frantically searching Steve’s golf cart for the engagement ring she suspected he had bought her. During Vicki’s search, Steve confided in Tamra Judge that he was "already planning my proposal. I already have the ring. Everything’s set to go." Vicki suspected something was in the works, but she didn’t know when it would happen.
In another tweet on the same thread, Dodd claimed her former boyfriend, Dr. Brian Reagan, gifted her an engagement ring of her own. (We can only hope this alleged proposal was documented by Bravo.)
But back to Vicki. We first got a glimpse of her massive sparkler in April, when "the OG of the O.C." announced to her 1 million Instagram followers that she would be getting hitched for a third time.
"I said ‘YES,’" the 57-year-old life insurance guru captioned a photo of herself cozying up next to Steve while showing off what looked to be a tear-drop diamond, rose-gold ring. No one was happier for her than best friends Tamra and Shannon Beador, who subsequently threw the couple a country-western-themed engagement party. But when Gunvalson documented the affair on social media, fans noticed her ring looked different. This one appeared round, silver and much bigger.
I said “YES”. ♥️💍 #engaged #happy #mylove
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But Vicki vehemently denied upgrading her jewelry, telling Bravo’s The Lookbook, "Of course it’s the same ring!"
Steve added, "It was a surprise to Vicki. She did not know that I bought it. All she did tell me is that she wanted a round, high-quality diamond in a simple setting."
According to the couple, Lodge purchased the 18-karat white-gold ring with 5.28 carats of diamonds from Diamonds International, and the cut is called Crown of Light.
Kelly, however, cast doubt over the engagement ring story with her tweet. After all, she and Vicki had a falling out after the latter claimed Dodd had a cocaine addiction, engages in sex trains with multiple men and got banned from her daughter’s school — all of which she’s denied. And Dodd, for her part, never seems to miss the opportunity to poke fun at Gunvalson’s age, appearance and everything in between.
Tweeting a boomerang video of the end of Tuesday’s episode, which showed credits rolling over footage of Vicki and Shannon having a heated discussion with Emily Simpson, Kelly wrote, "When your grandmas on TV like…"
"The Real Housewives of Orange County" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
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