Somebody get Briana Culberson an orange to hold, STAT!
The 30-year-old daughter of Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson has been a fixture on the Bravo hit since season one. She’s the only RHOC child who gets her own regular confessional interviews, and her mom tells ET she hopes those interviews become a little more frequent next season. She wants Briana to become a full-fledged Housewife!
“It’s probably time,” Vicki says. “You know, the viewers are ready for her. She’s such a great girl. She’s no bulls**t.”
If Vicki’s dream becomes reality, Briana would be the first daughter of a Real Housewife to become one herself.
“She’ll eat those girls up!” Vicki jokes. “She’s good TV. She doesn’t [even] try to be good TV. She just is.”
Until then, viewers will have to keep up with Briana’s life as side player on the show. Season 12 will continue to document her health issues, which Vicki says have improved since doctors gave Briana a diagnosis: lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease.
“She's better,” Vicki says. “I don't know if you're ever going to get better with lupus. She still struggles a lot. Finding the correct doctor, and rheumatologist, and treatment plan has been a challenge for her.”
“I can't say that she's cured, or she's 100 percent,” she continues. “But I know she's doing a form of chemo which helps with the lymphoma-type symptoms. I just want to wake up one day and have someone tell me that they misdiagnosed her, it was a tick bite or something, ‘cause I can't believe she was diagnosed with lupus.”
“Brianna's incredible,” Vicki says. “She's just such a good girl. I'm so proud of her.”