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Who is Janis Carlson? Meet Steve Lodge's new fiancée

Yasmine Leung January 4, 2022
Who is Janis Carlson? Meet Steve Lodge's new fiancée

Steve Lodge recently announced his engagement to fiancée Janis Carlson, so here’s everything we know about his future wife.

Congratulations to Steve Lodge and his future wife Janis Carlson!

The 2021 California gubernatorial candidate shared the news of their engagement to People, announcing:

“I did ask Janis on December 20th if she would become Mrs Steve Chavez Lodge, and she happily agreed. We will be married in April 2022.”

“We are both very excited, incredibly happy, totally in love and look forward to our life together,” he continued.

Social media is curious about the future Mrs Lodge after news broke in September 2020 that the politician split from Real Housewives Of Orange County’s Vicki Gunvalson.

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Who is Janis Carlson?

Carlson was born in 1984, so she is 37 years old. There is a 26-year age gap between the couple.

A third grade elementary school teacher in Orange County, California, Carlson has reportedly been dating Lodge since September and the couple confirmed the relationship on 23 December.

Lodge replied to fan comments on the post and it looks as though he couldn’t be happier to be with his new partner: “beautiful, inside and out”, he called her.

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Vicki Gunvalson responds to engagement

Gunvalson and Lodge’s relationship has been closely followed by the media. The pair got engaged in April 2019 and despite news of their split only circulating in September, they have separated since at least 2020, according to Lodge.

He replied to fans: “That was over last year,” in reference to his relationship with the 59-year-old reality star.

E News reports Lodge initiated the break up and that they “had been living separately for much of the pandemic. Steve had been living like he was a single man in Puerto Vallarta, while Vicki was in the US.”

The RHOC star released a statement to Celeb Buzz today (3 January) after she was bombarded with questions about the engagement.

She criticised her former fiance, while remaining positive about her own love life.

“Those who follow me can see that I am currently living my best life in MY Puerto Vallarta vacation home, and enjoying every minute of it,” she states. “I’m not bitter or wallowing in a corner and would never allow this news to affect my life.”

How many times has Steve Lodge been married?

Lodge has reportedly been married three times – his first was to Sherrie Mategorin.

He was then married to a woman named Karla for 19 years. They filed for divorce on 15 December 2005, citing irreconcilable differences. They share two children – Amanda and James, who were 14 and 12 at the time.

His third marriage was to Tonya Compton from September 2009 to 2013. They filed for divorce on 13 March 2013 and it was finalised in May 2014.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.