The staff sergeant who married into a “Real Housewives” family is stirring up drama after schooling a grown woman on respecting others’ property by telling her to get her feet off his couch — or leave his house.
Staff Sgt. Ryan Culberson is married to the daughter of Vicki Gunvalson, who is in her eighth season of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” Marine Corps Times first talked to Culberson about his marriage to Gunvalson’s daughter, Briana, last year. After learning Briana was pregnant, the two moved in with Gunvalson so she could help care for their new son while Culberson headed to Afghanistan on his fourth deployment.
Culberson, a joint terminal attack controller with 11th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., has appeared on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” regularly this season. Now the show that typically focuses on shopping, extravagant vacations and dinner parties gets a look at what it’s like for a young Marine dad to leave his wife and baby for predeployment training at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.
But what really captured viewers’ attention occurred during Monday night’s season finale. The Marine gave a woman a lesson on respecting other people’s property when he threatened to kick her out of Gunvalson’s home after she took her shoes off and put her feet up on the couch.
“You don’t disrespect people’s furniture and people’s houses by putting your feet up on their couch,” Culberson said.
The staff sergeant’s wife said her mom’s home is like a museum, and that Gunvalson would kill anyone who ruined her couch. The woman disobeying the house rules is Judy Stirling, the mom of one of the “Real Housewives” stars, Lydia McLaughlin. But Culberson said he doesn’t care whose mom it is, she shouldn’t be disrespecting the home.
“Sir,” Stirling responded. “My feet were hurting.”
Stirling then told other party go-ers she believed Culberson “had a couple too many.” Earlier this season, Stirling was shown regularly throwing glitter on people, telling them that she is decorating them with “fairy dust.”
“My mom is, like, the sweetest, nicest person in the world,” McLaughlin told Bravo after the couch incident. “Like, what could she have done to be kicked out of this party? Like, I mean, did she fairy dust the wrong person?”
It’s not immediately clear if Stirling tried to “fairy dust” the staff sergeant before he tried to kick her out of the party.