“Happy Birthday to the love of my life,” Alexis Bellino tweeted at her hubby on June 10. Now, Wetpaint Entertainment has the details on how Alexis fêted Jim in celebration of turning the big 5-0…and who from The Real Housewives of Orange County cast was most definitely NOT included.
“Jim had no idea what she had planned,” a friend of Alexis’ tells Wetpaint Entertainment. “Everything was a complete surprise.”
Turns out, Alexis had invited the couple’s closest friends — including cast member Vicki Gunvalson and her boyfriend, Brooks Ayers — to Sonoma County for two days of decadent indulgence in the local food and wine scene. The highlight of the weekend: a set of SUV Hummers that escorted the group to Chalk Hill Estates on Saturday night, where Jim’s big birthday dinner was held in the estate’s private gardens. By the end of the weekend, their group had expanded to over 30 people. “Jim was touched so many people had carved time out of their schedules to celebrate with him,” the friend adds. “Alexis even made sure his sister was there. Jim wasn’t expecting any of it…but he was absolutely thrilled.”
But other than Vicki, we’re told none of Alexis’ other cast members were in attendance…not even her onetime BFF Gretchen Rossi. As Wetpaint Entertainment previously reported, relations between Alexis and Gretchen are so strained, their friendship may never recover.
“It was Vicki who had Alexis’ back during the reunion taping,” her friend confirms to Wetpaint Entertainment. “And it’s Vicki who Alexis relies on and trusts the most these days. Why would she have invited Gretchen or any of the other Housewives? In real life, they’re just not that close these days.”