Over the past season of Real Housewives of Orange County, Shannon Beador and Vicki Gunvalson’s close friendship unraveled. In the meantime, Shannon was dealing with the aftermath of her husband David’s affair. Gunvalson was fighting for her relationship with then boyfriend Brooks Ayers, who was battling rumors that his cancer diagnosis was fake. As Beador and Gunvalson’s friendship started to hit some rocks, Beador found her marriage attacked by Gunvalson’s brother’s girlfriend. Beador was floored and confronted Gunvalson, feeling betrayed by her friend. Gunvalson defended herself in her Bravo blog explaining that:
I knew what David and Shannon shared this season, and it was Shannon’s decision to reveal the affair so I didn’t think it was a secret to tell my brother. All the ladies already knew, so for me to tell my brother privately was NOT betraying her. He had met David and Shannon the year before in Puerto Vallarta so he was aware of their marriage struggles as they were discussed there. When I told Billy and Ronda that they were able to reconcile their marriage and that they filmed their journey, I was proud of them and was their biggest supporter. I was not being malicious by any means … What you don’t know is that last year Tamra actually told the group about David’s affair at a dinner we were all at, and even disclosed the woman’s name and information about her. Bottom line here is Shannon knew that Heather, Tamra, and Lizzie all knew and by me telling my brother privately in my home was not any secret.
Gunvalson then added:
I stood by my word with her and kept this secret she told me last year, as I promised Shannon I would. I never told any of the ladies or discussed the affair the entire time we filmed this season because I didn’t want to hurt Shannon and wanted her to trust me with this very serious information.
On Watch What Happens: Live, as well as the RHOC, cast member Heather Dubrow confessed to knowing that David Beador was cheating on Shannon. She kept it a secret even when she and Shannon were at odds. Shannon has voiced that she feels very appreciative for that.