Vicki Gunvalson Opens Up About Abusive Marriage

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Vicki Gunvalson is a cast member on The Real Housewives of Orange County.

To viewers, she's a businesswoman, a loyal wife and an energetic presence on the show. But she tells the latest issue of Life & Style that life was always this easy and enjoyable.

Prior to marrying Donn Gunvalson, Vicki was the victim of an abusive relationship. She married first husband Michael J. Wolfsmith at the age of 21; and was pregnant with her second child by the time she turned 23.

"[Michael] was an alcoholic. He abused me verbally. He had many affairs during our marriage," Vicki tells the magazine.

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Vicki divorced her first mate when she was 29; but the six years she spent with him were Hell, she says.

"[They] were filled with screaming. I had to be his mother. I'd throw cold water on him to wake him up for work. It was a very hard life."

Michael was contacted by Life & Style and admitted to problems with alcohol; but he says he never abused nor cheated on Vicki.

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