Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson’s boyfriend, Brooks Ayers, has been at the center of plenty of speculation from the show’s fans, her Housewives cast mates and her own daughter — and they have a good reason to be suspicious.
In an exclusive with ABC’s 20/20 Ayers’ former flame Nicolette Catanzarite accuses him of being a dead-beat dad, claiming he hasn’t seen their 3 year-old son Joey in years.
“He’s a cheater, he’s a liar, he’s a con – he’ll do or say anything to anybody anytime, anywhere to get what he wants” Nicolette says about Ayers. She says the two met while he was still married but “going through a divorce”, he had three children at the time. He’d failed to mention he’d been arrested for not paying child support.
According to Nicolette, Ayers claimed he wanted a fresh start with her, but without children, claiming he’d had a vasectomy. “I bought it, hook, line and sinker” she says. It turns out Ayers never went through with the vasectomy and she ended up pregnant, which obviously came as a shock to her — she was 38 at the time.
Once their son Joey was born he was gone. “The last time we saw him Joey was like five or six months old” she says, “No birthdays, no cards for Christmas, no phone calls, nothing.” Joey doesn’t know that Ayers is his father, “doesn’t even know the word d-a-d. He bailed on the hospital bills, he bailed on the pediatrician bill, he bailed on all off it and left me with all of it. I want him to back up his words, if he says he’s paying child support he should pay it.”
Nicolette is looking to take Ayers back to court, “He’s a crook that needs to stop and be accountable for the things he does.”
Nicolette has a message for Vicki, “you better make sure before you stick up for your man he’s telling the god’s honest truth.”
Watch the damning video.