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Living A Lie! Vicki Gunvalson & Brooks Ayers Breakup: 7 Secrets Behind The Split

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Aug. 18 2015, Published 7:00 a.m. ET

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Things just got real for Real Housewives of Orange County stars Vicki Gunvalson and her boyfriend of over four years, Brooks Ayers. The couple announced their split Sunday in a joint statement that said that the "time has come for their lives to take separate paths." According to a source close to the former reality star couple, however, there was a world of secrets behind their shocking split.

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//Vicki Gunvalson Brooks Ayers Breakup Secrets pp

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According to the insider, "Vicki and Brooks actually separated three weeks ago but decided to wait to release their statement.

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"It is an amicable separation, but the relationship is definitely over for good," the source tells Radar.

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As Radar reported, Ayers, 43, has been battling cancer, but he has been accused of faking it by RHOC newcomer Meghan Edmonds.

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"Brooks' health really needs to be his number one priority right now and Vicki wants to see him live a long and full life," says the source.

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"He needs to focus on his recovery and the added stress is definitely not good for his health," the source adds.

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"The priority for him had to shift away from being on a TV show where he is being accused of lying and pretending to have a life-threatening illness. It just became too much for them both to handle."

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According to the source, "Vicki was tired of defending him against the claims he was faking his cancer, but she did anyways until pretty much the end of the season."

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