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20/20 Says Vicki Gunvalson’s BF Brooks Ayers Is A Deadbeat Dad! [Real Housewives Of Orange County News]

June 30, 2012 09:31 AM by Martha Zaborowski

ABC’s 20/20 aired a series of investigative reports on conmen, cheaters, and deadbeat dads—and Vicki Gunvalson’s boyfriend, Brooks Ayers, from Bravo‘s The Real Housewives of Orange County was featured! What did the report reveal?

Nicole Catanzarite, who has a 3-year-old child with Brooks Ayers, says he’s a “cheater, a liar, a con, and will do or say anything…to get what he wants.” After Catanzarite saw a video posted on the site StoopidHousewives.com, in which Ayers says he has 3 children from a previous marriage and one “extra” child, Catanzarite became enraged and wanted to give her side of the story.

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Catanzarite says Ayers lied about having a vasectomy; and a few months into the relationship, she had a child. When her son was a few months old, she says Ayers skipped town, never paid her child support, and hasn’t acknowledged the child since. The next time she saw Brooks Ayers was on TV: on The Real Housewives of Orange County as Vicki Gunvalson’s boyfriend! Catanzarite also says she received the same cards of affirmations that Gunvalson receives from Ayers now, complete with calling her his “soul mate.”The 20/20 report implies that Vicki Gunvalson is aware that Brooks Ayers is behind on child support payments, but just doesn’t care.

After hearing what Nicole Cantazarite has to say about Brooks Ayers, what do you think? Do you think he is a deadbeat dad? Do you think Gunvalson is being blinded by Ayers’ lies, or do you think she is simply standing behind her man? Comment below.

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41 Responses to “20/20 Says Vicki Gunvalson’s BF Brooks Ayers Is A Deadbeat Dad! [Real Housewives Of Orange County News]”

  1. Marge Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 10:14 am

    LOL…How embarrassed Vicki must be. Can’t spin this story to make Brooks look good. Wow outted on National television as a deadbeat Dad by the child’s mother…LOL…LOL….Make’s you wonder why he would let Vicki parade him around on RHOC…LOL..LOL….Too bad for Bravo this interview didn’t happen during the season, it would have boosted their ratings. People that don’t even watch the show would have tuned in to watch Vicki standing by “her” deadbeat man.

  2. Tonya Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    WOW!!! You can’t make this stuff up! This is one of those rare times when you actually see karma at work.

  3. mjk Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    This story is pretty damning, i keep thinking about when Brooks asked Vicki what she is going to get in the divorce i think he is a con man…It happens to all no matter how successful in buisness /or personal life everyone can get taken…after listening to this story i can can honestly say she needs to get a grip and dump this guy but she wont and the sad part is she will wind up losing alot of money and friends over this deadbeat…Poor Vicki

  4. mbb Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I saw this interview, it was way way worse than this summary … he skipped out on hospital bills, pediatrician bills and has provided zero support for the child. Has never seen the child.

    He is a grifter … Vicki needs to wake up. Her daughter and believe it or not Tamara had the right instincts that something just did not add up with this creep. Must be uber stupid to go on a TV show!

  5. Lisa Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Vicki is sadly desperate. She would have gone with ANY man who showed the slightest interest. She herself knows she is not very attractive, and her personality just plain sucks!!! So sad to see a woman PAY a con mans’ way. Just sad!!

  6. calif-gal Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Can Vicki really be that stupid or is she just desperate for a man, any man? It’s obvious to all this guy is ten pounds of crap in a five-pound bag. That fur coat was more than likely stolen.

  7. bdonahueweedman Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    EVERYBODY IN THE COUNTRY knew this but Vicki. Can’t wait to see her bs her way out of this one! The Baby Mama even said Brooks gave her cards every day just like Vicki!!

  8. Pamela Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Interesting that she is with someone who is a deadbeat dad after everything she said about Slade.

  9. fran Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    vicky needs to wake up and see him for what he really is.He”s going to take her for all her money and she does not even care.She lets him drive her car and has even has aloud him to go into her bank account too.How do you think he got the fur coat for her he does not have any money to buy one so he brought it with her money.They need to start taking the pay he gets from the show and paying his child support from it.

  10. fue Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Any woman that would stand by a deadbeat dad, a p.o.s. who doesn’t or DIDN’T support their kids is a pathetic loser with no self esteem and who is desperately clinging on to the only man she could get! Are you reading this dearie? I hope so ;)

  11. fue Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Any woman that stands up for a deadbeat dad, a p.o.s. who doesn’t or DIDN’T support his kids, is a loser with low self esteem and is obviously settling for the best she could get. Are you reading this dearie? I hope so ;)

  12. Chris Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I watch The RHOC, and I feel sad that Vicki doesn’t see things for how they are! I was once married to a smooth talker, and that’s all they are… talk! I know the show is very edited, but you just can’t edit his way over the top “smoothness”! Vicki, you are such a smart lady in every other area of life, this man is taking you for a RIDE! Hope you wise up before it’s too late.

  13. cleveland girl Says:
    July 1st, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Vicki doesn’t care. She will be with anyone she can control.

  14. Michelle Says:
    July 1st, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Well, it is amazing how quickly the tide turns… for the last few years Vicki has been shouting to the world how much of a deadbeat dad Slade Smiley is and how she could not understand how Gretchen Rossi could date a man who does not take care of his kids. She said that her ex-husband, Michael Wolfsmith (Michael and Briana’s father) was a deadbeat dad; and she understands how Slade’s ex-wife feels. This is why she was so passionate about calling him out. But, several times throughout the season when both Gretchen and Briana (her daughter) called Brooks out, she defended him and yelled at the top of her lungs to discredit the truth. Brooks is a con who saw a vulnerable mark–an aging two-time divorcee’ (who is unique looking) and independently wealthy. He turned on his Southern charm and paid her attention that she needed while going through a tough divorce. I really do not care for Vicki on RHOC, but I feel sorry for her because she has been used and manipulated. No matter how successful or powerful she may be, she is still a woman who got taken for a ride.

  15. DebbieR Says:
    July 1st, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Vicki is an insecure idiot!! I agree with Lisa “she would have gone with ANY man who showed the slightest interest.” Brooks will string her along and little by little steal her money and anything else he can get his hands on. She is crazy if you ask me.

  16. ann e Says:
    July 1st, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Don is having the last laugh…Vicki treated him like crap!

  17. Missy Says:
    July 1st, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I believe I may have met him with my xhusband several times in Monte Carlo, Monaco while we were staying at the same oceanfront Hotel. I found it odd that he knew my wealthy Aunt who “owned the town” and that he had a successful insurance business in MS.He was with his son and meeting his wife later, so he said. It struck me as odd that we would have so much in common. Looked like him and sounded like him. Please let me know where he works/was born, to confirm.

  18. Ellen Says:
    July 1st, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    We would all feel for Vicki if she had had compassion in the past for Gretchen. She made Gretchen feel as though Slade was an ax-murderer and she is so judgmental of Bellini. Humality is an admirable quality. She owes SO MANY apologies.

  19. MCG Says:
    July 1st, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Wow Vicky Karma sucks for you!. This woman is willing to pick a fight with her own children for a man that she just met how sad for her children and how sick they must feel. My heart breaks for them that has to be so hard for them.
    she was so desperate for a man she could not take the time to find out who she was bringing into there life.

  20. LyndaS Says:
    July 1st, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Well, Vicki has repeatedly stated on RHOC that she would never tolerate a man who doesn’t pay child support (like Slade Slimey). Now, she has to put up or shut up or look like an idiot. She has to stop defending that Southern Slade and toss his ugly keester from her boudoir. Frankly, I don’t find him alluring. Babbling Brooks is not remotely attractive. His patter sounds rehearsed and fake. While he’s prancing around the OC on national television, he’s actually a po’ boy with hillbilly teeth and walks like Walter Brennan from “The Real McCoys”. Vicki is just a desperate housewife who will latch onto the first despicable man who compliments her. There’s no fool like an old fool. Wise up, Vicki – you were smarter before you hooked up with that swamp monster.

  21. LyndaS Says:
    July 1st, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Vicki emphatically professed that she would never approve of a man who did not support his children. Well, now, she has to put up or shut up or risk being an idiot. I can’t fathom the lure of this swamp fog monster. Babbling Brooks’ banter is rehearsed and fake. He’s not remotely attractive either. Obviously, Vicki has morphed into a truly desperate housewife who will swallow any crapola that creep spews. Wake up, Vicki! You were much smarter before he latched on to your purse strings.

  22. PresleyJ Says:
    July 3rd, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    It’s so obvious that Vicky is lacking in self esteem. Knowing that this man has done what he’s done and she obviously doesn’t care, confirms just how desperate this woman is!!! I only hope and pray that Bravo doesn’t have this worthless piece of c….on payroll. But, if they do I hope child support is smart enough to garnish his wages. Hopefully, Briana can make her own happiness and learn from her mother of how not to be.

  23. Anna Says:
    July 8th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I’ve seen this happen before to friends of mine who had money and some creep sucked off them…but wow! on national tv like 20/20 for Brooks to be outed that way…whew…Vicki must be embarrassed to the point she will defend Brooks just because she doesn’t want to admit he is a con…and admit she i a fool. And she is a fool for sure!

  24. Mary Says:
    July 8th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Hey Nicole:
    It takes 2 to tango. You should have protected yourself rather than depending on a man to do it for you. The man is not the one getting pg and having the child.

  25. Lynds Says:
    July 8th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Vicki should be embarrassed to have treated her children the way she did on tv! She should remember men will come and go, but she’ll only have her children once and forever. She compared her daughters husband to this creep, but he seemed to have a better head on his shoulders than Vicki ever has!!!

  26. Belinda Says:
    July 9th, 2012 at 5:18 am

    All I can say is…. Vicki is getting back some of her own medicine! Brooks is perfect for her…LOSERS!!!
    IF he bought it, no doubt he found it at a DAMN pawn shop!!!
    Her desperation has led her to an all time low!! Good for 20/20 for airing out the REAL Brooks laundry! The first time i saw and heard him, it was obvious he is a con!!!!
    He’s just nasty anyhow…makes my skin crawl!!!
    Hope Don finds a nice lady to treat him right! I miss his silliness and bit smile. Brooks and Vicki are disgusting and fakes!!

  27. Roberta Davidson Says:
    July 9th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Vicki is very immature when it comes to relationships for her age. Smart in business but not “common Sense” which would sure come into play with this “common” con-man. He is taking her for everything he can get. She should have worked so hard to save her marriage with Don. She needed to fill her “love tank” really? Her daughter is way more mature than she can ever hope to be at this stage of the game.

  28. Bertha Says:
    July 9th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I hope Vicki is reading this. The way she has stood behind this p.o.s. simply means she will be falling right along with him. Supporting your kids also means not treating them like she has treated her kids. It is despicable what you have done to them! Vicki is a hypocrite of the WORST kind. It’s easy to criticize others, but when you are criticized for doing the same thing you went off the deep end. I hope Bravo doesn’t ask you back, you give the show a bad name. It’s time for you to disappear!

  29. Barbara A. Says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Well Vicki guess it’s time to get a new excuse for this P.O.S., you better watch because he is cutting you off from everyone you love and you’re letting him do it. It’s called control, and it happens to powerful women all the time!! Why, because they have put so much into their business, they end up alone and desperate, and yes Vicki this is you. You will end up with no family, no friends, and no money, BUT, you will have a “soul mate”, at least as long as the money holds out.

  30. Linda Says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    What goes around comes around and Vicki after treating Don and now her kids so badly will get it ten fold. She is,always has been and always will be such a control freak and witch but with a b. If I was Brianna, I would break off all contact with her until she smartens up. Vicki treats her children terrible just the way she did Don. I hope Don finds happiness and gets his spousal support from Vicki, he deserves it! I would love to see Vicki off the show but keep Brianna on with her new husband. Vicki is so two faced and such a hypocrite. Vicki needs to get some mental help desperately. I can’t feel sorry for her at all, karma is a witch with a b.

  31. marilea Says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Vicki–as a professional in health care, I am encouraging you to seek therapeutic help for your mood swings, anger and crying spells. You exhibit bipolar behavior and continually flip situations to your favor–it is appalling to watch (and I will not any longer) and shame on BRAVO for continuing to offer you a venue and outlet for your neurosis. Your poor children have, are and will continue to suffer from your words, actions and outbursts. Seek help now.

  32. Queen_Bee71 Says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Well, his three year old’s mother needs to high tail it down to court and file for child support. I’m sure he is receiving something for appearing on RHOC.

  33. Viv Says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    He creeped me out from the beginning. Just got this yucky feeling when he was on screen. My question is did he pay for the coat with her checking account which I believe he had access to.

  34. Susan Spiegel Says:
    July 11th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Didnt like Brookes the creep from day one. Everyone speculates he has access to her bank accounts. That we dont know, but after 20/20 aired, which I watched, Vicki needs to cut this loser loose. Dr. Phil says, “better to be alone and healty, then with someone and be sick.” She is so desperate now for a man she truly is exhibiting unheathy tendencies.

    Brianna is a delight and should be on the show. She has class and commonsense. Time to cut Vicki loose.

  35. Jen Says:
    July 11th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Her love tank may be full, but her wallet is going to be empty.

  36. melody Says:
    July 11th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Brook is a slimy, creepy, slug and I knew it from the very beginning. Every time he talks I get shivers up my back…like when someone is creeping up on you from behind. I can’t say that I feel sorry for Vickie though. She has always been the queen of mean and a controlling bitch. I think Don was the best thing that ever happened to her and when she destroyed that (omg…who could live with her?) she realized that her life was slipping away. Her kids don’t like her, her friends have all left her. All she has left is her business. She is not a pretty woman. I really hate how she preaches the religion stuff all the time while continuing to drink, curse, have sex with one man while still married to another ..not that there’s anything wrong with any of those :-)…just don’t keep telling us how religious you are :-) Now I see why her and Jesus Jugs have hooked up. They are both phony, clueless wretches.

  37. Dee Says:
    July 12th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Vicky is despriate for attention, she now pays for it. Vicky was seeing this loser before she and Don separated. When she was married to Don she treated him like crap, just because she was making a few bucks and he didn’t tell her the lies that Brooks tells her and every women he meets. Vicky you are much too “old” for this kind of foolishness. Get yourself together and start acting like you have to grown kids that are losing respect for you.

  38. Taylor Says:
    July 13th, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Why didn’t he take the money he spent on that mink for Vicki and pay some back child support? Only an Idiot would not see what this hayseed really is. Go ahead Vicki-know-it-all! Loose your kids, your friends, and your money $$$$$$. You deserve it. I hope Don gets the spouse support he’s asking for. He deserves it for all the horrible things she’s done to him! Get her off the show, she’s a hater and downer!

  39. Judi Says:
    July 13th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I think when a guy prays on a woman, and takes her for all he can, he is disgusting. Brooks is a complete scumb bag! He would take candy from a baby, oh wait, he has a baby and wont even give his child a piece of candy! What in the world does Vicki see in this user and abuser? Is she really this desperate? her kids are begging her to dump this dead beat, wow, what a scum! Brooks, your a real bad person, you have children that need a father, your girlfriend is an adult, she can take care of herself. Your kids cant! Makes my stomach sick!!!!

  40. Claire Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Vicki’s love tank may be full now, but it is full of marshmallow fluff!

  41. Me Says:
    June 29th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    How did Nicole Catanzarite have a child “a few months into the relationship?”

    No one told her to have the kid. She could have aborted it, sold it to a better mother or put it up for adoption.

    Men like Brooks exist because women like Nicole Catanzarite exist. Easy, loose and blame-shifting. If you cannot afford to raise the kid, get rid of it.


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