Vicki Gunvalson
Brooks Ayers (not pictured), ex boyfriend of "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Vicki Gunvalson, photographed at the 2015 NBC Universal Upfront on May 14, 2015, is finally opening up about his cancer diagnosis. Getty Images

Brooks Ayers is finally publicly speaking out about claims he faked his cancer diagnosis. At the start of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Orange County" Season 10 it was revealed that Ayers, who was dating longtime cast member Vicki Gunvalson at the time, had been diagnosed with stage three Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. But the "RHOC" cast, and Tamra Judge's psychic, weren't so convinced. With controversy surrounding him, Ayers has finally decided to address his diagnosis.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight he stood by his initial claim that he does "have cancer." He told the publication that, while he had previously decided to stop chemotherapy, he has plans to return to Los Angeles in October for another round of treatment. When asked about the accusations on "RHOC," Ayers said he attributed most of it to the network trying to provide viewers with "manufactured drama." He assured readers he has since put distance between himself and members of the show's cast as he does not feel it's good for his health.

"I think they do it to create drama -- manufactured drama and that's sad to me," he said. "I've distanced myself in a lot of ways from it. It's useless drama that brings on stress that quite frankly no one needs and in particular my situation. I'm not running from anything."

Brooks' comments come after a blowout between he and "RHOC" newcomer Meghan King Edmonds on Monday's episode of the show. During the episode he confronted the young reality star after learning that she had done some digging and contacted an ex-girlfriend of his. While Edmonds, 30, has done the most research into Brooks' life and medical history, she is not the only one with questions about his cancer. Earlier in the season, Judge, 48, Edmonds and Heather Dubrow visited a psychic who claimed he was struggling to pick up on any illness in Brooks' life. Later that same day he revealed that he had decided to stop chemotherapy in favor of a more holistic treatment which created more doubt among members of the "RHOC" cast.

Although Ayers and Gunvalson have since broken up, he will appear on the remaining episodes of Season 10 of "RHOC." Previews for an upcoming episode suggest he will finally reveal the results of a positron emission tomography (PETA) scan -- but will it be enough? Check out the clip below and be sure to tune in to "RHOC" Mondays at 9 p.m. EDT on Bravo.