Part 3 of the season 8 Real Housewives reunion was intense to say the least. The episode was focused around Vicki Gunvalson’s controversial boyfriend, Brooks Ayers, and his tumultuous relationship with her daughter, Briana Culberson. Briana alleged that Brooks told her husband, Ryan, to start beating Briana to put her “in line.” Briana revealed she was abused as a child and how much these words affected her. Audio recordings of Brooks have been released where you can hear him saying these things, threatening to beat Vicki as well as calling her horrible names.
Briana also claimed Brooks would do and say more inappropriate things, like talk to her about the size of his penis. She said he told her his nickname was “Gurth Brooks.” Disturbed by the heated discussion, Lydia McLaughlin walked off set, and the episode ended with Brooks breaking up with Vicki on camera.
“The resolution, obviously, is for me to exit… stage right. Out of this family and this friendship,” Brooks tells Andy in response to his question about what happens next. “Because of those strong feelings.” Briana insists it’s not about feelings it’s about the things he’s done and he tells her she’s had preconceived notions about him from the beginning.
“That’s fine,” Briana tells Brooks. “Because you’ve done some messed up things before you guys were even together.”
“The best thing is…” Brooks says. “You asked me do I love her enough to let her go? Absolutely. I’m not that selfish.”
Brooks gets up to leave the stage, hugs and kisses Vicki on the cheek, and says, “Good luck. I love you.” She apologizes to him, and he says, “It’s alright. It’s alright.”
Vicki wanted to make it clear to viewers that she had never seen an abusive side of Brooks. “I loved him very much. He never touched me, he never hurt me and I never felt scared of him,” she said.
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