Vicki Gunvalson: Beware of Men Like Brooks Ayers! He’s Like Dirty John!

Many people have had a toxic ex. Most have been lucky enough to avoid an ex who fabricated medical paperwork in order to fake having cancer.

In that regard, Vicki Gunvalson has been very unlucky.

In this video, she's talking about hearing from fans who've been through the same thing — 

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"The truth always comes out," Vicki says optimistically.

"Karma is a b–ch, baby," she adds with a smile.

She is speaking about her own experience with Brooks Ayers, who dated her for four years and ended up faking cancer, chemo, and chemo symptoms.

She is also speaking about the experiences that others have had — experiences that eerily mirror her own.

Dirty John is true crime anthology series based upon a podcast of the same name, and it tells a very similar story to Vicki's.

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"Well, I've gotten a lot of letters from people," Vicki shares, before specifying: "Women, mostly women."

Vicki says that these letters were "saying what a sociopath, what a narcissistic man is."

While buzzwords like sociopath can lose thier meaning or be used to demonize people with mental illness, she is speaking of toxic manipulators.

Vicki says that these letters spoke of their struggles "and what they experienced, and our stories were exactly the same."

"The love letters, the flowers, the ‘Baby, we got this, they’re the enemy,’ you know," Vicki says.

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That practice, known as "love bombing," can be used as a weapon to manipulate a victim and ot mask a lack of genuine affection.

Vicki acknowledges that Brooks was "really shielding me from my safe people which was my daughter, which was my cast members."

These, she says, were people "who loved me."

"And I didn't see it as that," Vicki admits.

"My daughter would have probably really hurt him if he'd kept pushing into my life," Vicki says.

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Vicki is still awed by the sheer scope of how common this can be.

"But the amount of letters I received from people, emails, and letters in the mail," Vicki says.

All of these were "from people that have gone through what I went through …"

That shows how common this sort of thing can be.

This is probably why the Dirty John podcast was so popular that it's becoming a Bravo series — with a companion docuseries on Oxygen.

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"Dirty John, that is my life," Vicki laments. "He portrayed he was somebody he wasn’t."

"That happened to me, and we’re intelligent women," she says, referring to herself and to other women.

"It happened to me with my eyes wide open," Vicki says.

To be clear, victims are never to blame. They're not stupid or deserving of the attention of creeps.

"So if it can happen to me," Vicki says. "Can you imagine how many women it’s happening to?"

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"And," Vicki adds. "I’m a smart cookie."

You know what? That's true. Say what you will about Vicki, she's not dumb.

"Everybody told me he was a bad boy," she says. "And I didn’t see it till it was over."

Vicki knows that her warning will fall on deaf ears: "I guess I can’t say ‘Listen to me’ because you can’t listen to anybody when you’re in it."

"You gotta really trudge through it," she concludes.

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Of course, being familiar with the red flags in advance could help a lot of women — and others — to avoid toxic relationships.

The differences can be subtle, of course. Not everyone who buys someone a bunch of presents is trying to manipulate a victim.

But if someone is trying to isolate you from your loved ones and convince you that they're really enemies, that is almost always a bad sign.

Vicki's story clearly resonated with a lot of people who have had brushes with these same sorts of manipulators.

Brooks Ayers may be out of her life, but he's left a stain on her story.

Of course, Brooks doesn't care what Vicki thinks. At all.

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Kailyn Lowry: This is How MTV Did Me Dirty! [Exclusive]

Kailyn Lowry … she's been through some stuff, to say the least.

Especially during her time on MTV.

Like, she kicked off her reality show career as a pregnant teenager living with her boyfriend and his family with no real family support of her own.

It's understandable that she's sometimes not handled her hardships in the best way, you know?

And that's why we're getting a brand new Teen Mom 2 special called Kailyn's Biggest Blow-Ups, to review all of her biggest outbursts, and to see Kailyn review them at the same time.

But in an exclusive interview, she reveals her issue with the special, and honestly, we wouldn't blame her for having a blow-up over this, too.

1. Rude!

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OK, so tonight, MTV is airing a little special called Kailyn’s Biggest Blow-Ups.

2. The Memories!

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The average Teen Mom 2 viewer could come up with a few on their own, right?

3. Such a Special Special!

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But the magic is in the fact that in addition to seeing a compilation of those scenes, we’ll also see Kailyn herself reacting to them and explaining them from her point of view.

4. Yes, Please!

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It should be pretty fun — Teen Mom drama always is, right?

5. The Promo

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To get an idea of what the special will be like, you can check out the promo here.

6. Thanks, Girl!

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You can see Kailyn giving tons of background information about the scenes featured, her classic “Hold my foot, Jo!” moment while giving birth to Isaac, and some other quick little clips of some of these blow-ups.

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Demi Lovato Overdose: Did the Singer Take Dirty Drugs?

With Demi Lovato having checked in to rehab, hopefully focused on turning her life around, we have a couple updates on the troubled singer.

First, a new report claims to have information on what caused Lovato to overdose back on Tuesday, July 24.

According to TMZ insiders, Lovato did indeed spent most of the previous evening out and about with friends.

As detailed shortly after this frightening incident took place, Demi hit up a club in Hollywood to celebrate a pal’s birthday and then continued the celebration with a smaller group of acquaintances at her home.

(These were allegedly the toxic influences that Lovato has since vowed to eliminate from her life.)

Following her night out at Saddle Ranch on the Sunset Strip, and after she returned to her residence with these friends, the aforementioned TMZ article states that Lovato sent a text message to a drug dealer at 4 a.m.

The drug dealer received the text and responded, arriving at Demi’s home with two freebased Oxycodone on tin foil.

But that’s not all.

This new and scary report goes deep.

These sources say, unbeknownst to the singer, the drug dealer in question had a dangerous habit of buying dirty drugs from Mexico — and the batch he handed over appeared to be laced with fentanyl.

This is the same drug that killed Prince and Lil Peep.

Ummm… yikes, right?

Original reports after Demi’s overdose alleged that the star overdosed on heroin, but most of these were later corrected via follow-up posts and quotes.

TMZ even writes that the drug dealer remained at Lovato’s home until he noticed she was breathing heavily in bed, at which point he fled the scene.

Eventually, Demi’s assistant found the singer unconscious and called 911.

It’s more or less been confirmed at this point that paramedics administed Narcan to Demi, a drug used to combat the dangerous of an overdose.

This may have been what saved Lovato’s life, as she regained consciousness and was then rushed to the hospital.

Lovato spent about two weeks under doctors’ supervision and then jetted off to an out-of-state treatment facility last week.

She has understandably canceled all tour dates for the remainder of 2018 and there’s a very good chance we don’t hear from her, or even about her from anyone named on record, for a long time.

“She will be in rehab for several months and is doing an extensive program to ensure she gets the help she needs,” a source tells E! News.

The 25-year-old, though, is currently in Chicago, where she’s undergoing treatment with a therapist who focuses on sobriety, mental health and wellness.

Demi has made it clear over the years, in numerous interviews, that she faces all of these problems and more.

She has struggled with substance abuse, an eating disorder and general self-esteem issues.

Lovato has not been in much contact with anyone close to her, although ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama has checked in whenever possible.

“Wilmer has been in touch with the family and has been checking in on Demi’s status,” writes E! News, adding that the actor hasn’t really spoken to Lovato directly:

“The family is trying to make sure they eliminate all distractions and want her to be focusing on her health right now.”

We continue to keep Lovato in our thoughts.


Jersey Shore Recap: The Dirty Hamster Earns Her Nickname

Angelina Pivarnick’s brief stint on Jersey Shore Family Vacation was probably a ratings stunt coordinated by the show’s producers, and not — as it was framed — a brainchild of prank war champion Pauly D.

The Rob Kardashian of Staten Island injected some much-needed drama into the proceedings, but last night, she was told to pack her garbage bags and head back north.

Pivarnick’s time on the show ended in fitting fashion, by which we mean, it was kind of gross and forgettable.

JWoww was burdened with the unenviable task of informing Angelina that her time in South Beach was over, and the conversation was surprisingly — and somewhat disappointingly — drama-free.

“I’m not mad at all,” Pivarnick responds to Jenni’s revelation that the rest of the group would like to “finish as a family.”

“I was able to be part of something I always regretted.” 

Pivarnick isn’t exactly known for her way with words (“Um, hello!” has gotta be one of the lamest catchphrases in the history of reality television.), but we think she meant to say she’d regretted the way her relationship with the guidos ended, and she welcomed the chance to make amends.

It briefly looked as though Angelina would go out on a high note, but then she drunkenly sh-t her pants in the cab on the ride home and proceeded to not STFU about it for the rest of the night.

Never change, Angelina. J/k, please change your soiled draws immediately.

Once Angelina had been returned to the reviled borough from whence she came, the cast embarked on a vacation within a vacation.

A vacation-ception if you will.

Yes, for reasons that are never entirely made clear, the guidos head to the Bahamas, where the most interesting to happen was the big reveal that Mike’s abs are no longer shredded.

Just when we were wondering if it was too late to bring back Angelina, the show worked in a pair of subplots that might liven up the proceedings a bit. 

The operative word there is “might.”

First, there’s a poorly-acted scene in which Vinny’s mom is upset that she’s unable to get ahold of him, so she heads to Miami in the company of the ultra-pervy Uncle #MeToo.

(At this point, they should just show producers proposing the idea to these cameo characters, instead of asking us to believe that a camera crew just happened to be hanging out in the Guadagnino residence while Ma was blowing up the duck phone,)

Next, we learn that Mike’s girlfriend will be paying a visit to Miami, where Mike will obviously pop the question, because producers have been telegraphing that “twist” since episode one.

Join us again next week, where we’ll pick apart the Sitch’s proposal and continue complaining about how nothing really happens on Shore, whilst simultaneously acknowledging that we’d tune in for an hour of Snooki reading the phone book out loud.


Jersey Shore Recap: Return of the Dirty Hamster

Sometimes television shows are forced to slow things down a bit with what’s commonly referred to as a “place-setting episode.”

This is the term for an installment in which not a whole lot happens, but the stage is set for major drama to come.

It’s generally a convention of scripted dramas, but occasionally even reality shows have to lull us into a false sense of security before stabbing us in the belly with the guido equivalent of the Red Wedding:

Yes, Angelina Pivarnick made her not-at-all-awaited return to the world of Jersey Shore last night as part of Pauly D’s “kamikaze” prank war on his roommates.

You almost have to respect a guy who’s willing to ruin his vacation just so he can enjoy the pained expressions on his friends’ faces. Almost.

Anyway, Pauly was probably motivated less by his desire to reign supreme as the prank war champion and more by prompts from the show’s producers, so “Jolie” is back in the presence of people who can’t stand her and are often quick to violence.

Two quick observations about Angelina’s return to the show:

1. How hilariously staged and scripted was the scene where she first walks through the door?

Like, Mike’s reaction was probably legit, but the version of Angie’s swaggy entrance that we wound up was clearly the result of a few dozen takes.

2. Angelina is looking pretty good these days, right?

Sure, she still dresses like she should be serving Tony Soprano a Glenlivet at Bada-Bing, but she seems to have taken care of herself.

Anyway, the timing couldn’t have been weirder, as Pauly extended the invitation to Angelina during what was supposed to be a guys-only weekend.

It’s almost like the powers that be surveyed the situation, realized that the guys’ weekend was just as boring as the girls’ visit home and decided to take action.

Yes, you may have noticed that we skipped straight to the last five minutes of the episode in this recap, but what came before the return of Angelina was easily the driest assemblage of loosely-connected scenes Shore has ever offered up.

The girls visited their kids.

The guys yelled about t-shirts and returned to the club where everyone is half their age.

Ronnie didn’t cheat on his pregnant girlfriend, and Vinny wasn’t overly-friendly with any cocktail waitresses.

Pauly hooked up with a pseud-Sammi-lookalike, and Ron got mildly pissed about it, but that was about it in terms of drama.

Like we said, sometimes a slower episode is needed in order to pave the way for future installments.

But after last night’s snail-paced affair, we better be in for an old-school Snooki vs. Angelina throwdown next week.

Watch Jersey Shore online in order to get caught up on this season’s slightly uneven offerings.