This isn’t Gretchen Rossi’s first time dipping her toes into the music arena and it probably won’t be her last, because there’s no stopping those reality stars when they feel the need to belt out a tune. The Real Housewives of Orange County star shared her upcoming song, “Unbreakable”, with Ryan Seacrest yesterday morning.
The song is a tribute to Slade Smiley’s son, Grayson, who has been battling brain cancer since he was 5 years old. She told Ryan, “It just really inspired me to write a song about this kid being so young, and dealing with so much, and being unbreakable despite the fact.”
You can take a listen to the song on Ryan’s site and then see the behind-the-scenes video (and song lyrics) below! The song hits iTunes on Tuesday. Look out Melissa Gorga, you’ve got some competition.
Slade Smiley continues to believe that ex-girlfriend Michelle Arroyo is behind the red carpet attack he was subjected to last week over unpaid child support for son Grayson. And he blames this whole child support debacle on a certain co-star of his girlfriend!
Slade is furious that despite court documents and mugshots, people are making things up about his child support issues and he blames the show! “There are serious repercussions [for] the individuals who say things in the show,” Slade fumed to The Huffington Post. “People accuse me of not paying child support for my cancer-stricken son … This year, the women that said that apologized for it, but the damage has been done and it can be a very difficult space to navigate.” I’m assuming he’s talking about Tamra Barney exposing his child support dilemmas on air.
Gretchen Rossi is sympathetic to Slade’s plight, being the brunt of Tamra’s attacks herself. “Obviously, when Tamra accused me of cheating on my dying fiancé, that was harsh.”
Here is just the very thing; if Slade doesn’t want people talking about him, and knowing all his business, and making accusations against him then perhaps he should leave reality TV. Oh, what am I saying…
And hilariously, Slade insists that he doesn’t consider himself or Gretchen celebs! That’s a sentiment of his I completely agree with. “We don’t like to think that we are celebrities, because it is very fleeting,” he explained earlier of appearing on Real Housewives of Orange County with Gretchen. “But it does allow us to expose some of the business ventures that have come of this.”
“If you are the star of the show, you are probably a hot mess,” Gretchen added. “Think about it! They are flipping tables and pulling wigs.” Or, not paying child support, or getting arrested, or being the subject of lawsuits and restraining orders, and refusing to stay out of the public eye even though their life is a disaster…
THOUGHTS ON SLADE’S STATEMENT THAT TAMRA’S ON-AIR COMMENTS CAUSED HIS CHILD SUPPORT WOES TO BE MADE PUBLIC? SHOULD SLADE LEAVE REALITY TELEVISION?
Just in case you thought Slade Smiley couldn’t get any worse than being a hundred thousand dollars remiss on child support owed to his extremely ill son, Slade is now accusing his ex-girlfriend Michelle Arroyo of hiring the bill collector that attacked him on the red carpet last week. Just typing this sentence makes my blood boil!
Speaking to TMZ, Slade’s attorney directly accuses Michelle of being behind the incident! “It appears this whole thing was staged and created by Miss Arroyo who is obviously looking for attention.” That’s a bit rich coming from Slade, Mr. Reality Whore, himself!
“Slade is not a deadbeat dad and is making timely payments,” his attorney adds. “We will be looking into this further and if Miss Arroyo did hire these clowns to harass Slade we will exercise all our rights including a restraining order if necessary.” Oh, please!
Michelle has very seldom spoken out against Slade and has very rarely made any negative comments about his invisible style of parenting. Michelle even went to bat for Slade after said incident, confirming that the back support amount Slade owes for their son Grayson had been reduced to $95,000 and that Slade has been keeping up with the current payments of $775.00 per month.
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While out last night at an event with beau/alleged future fiance Slade Smiley, a man who calls himself a bill collector walked up to the couple and started insulting Slade!
The reason? It was all over the huge amount of unpaid child support Slade owes to the mother of his son, Michelle Arroyo. Slade and Michelle’s son is 11-year-old Grayson Smiley, who has been battling brain cancer since age six.
Right after the duo stepped off the red carpet after posing for photos, the very angry bill collector walked up to them and yelled at Slade, “Pay your child support! Your son has cancer.”
Slade and Gretchen appeared taken aback as the duo tried to enter their vehicle, with Gretchen asking the man: “What is wrong with you?” In the video, the collector man repeatedly says Slade owes $160,000, though Michelle herself tells TMZ the number is around $130,000, which she has now agreed to have reduced to $95,000 in a recent court hearing.
The only good news in this is that Michelle confirms Slade is now paying her child support in the form of $775 per month.
The video of all the drama is below!
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TELL US – THOUGHTS? SHOULD GRETCHEN LEAVE SLADE? WAS THE BILL COLLECTOR OUT OF LINE OR DID SLADE HAVE THIS COMING?
In her new Bravo Blog, Gretchen opens up about dealing with Vicki, and why she thinks Vicki lacks empathy for others. “Unfortunately, her actions are constantly proving to me that somehow she always believes her situation is more important than anyone else’s,” Gretchen remarks. “The crazy part is that even despite the harsh and incorrect things said about Slade not being a good dad or a “deadbeat” (as she liked to put it at times), I still find compassion for her and would not wish what Slade or I have been through on my worst enemy.”
Gretchen is also tired of Vicki discounting Grayson‘s cancer diagnosis. “I wish when she was making such horrible statements she could put herself in Slade’s shoes and think about the fact that it’s already scary and hard enough to deal with your child being sick, let alone having someone claim you are a bad or deadbeat parent on top of that pain. It’s moments like this that make me realize why Slade has so much hurt and pain still.”
Believing that the root of Vicki’s issues lie in her jealousy over her friendship with Tamra, Gretchen calls her out for being fake! “Vicki said to Tamra she is so happy her and I are friends, but was it just me or were you not believing her for one second?;” Gretchen wonders.
“I love how Tamra kept calling Vicki out about being full of it when it came to loving Alexis [Bellino] all of a sudden. Vicki has never really been a huge fan of myself or Alexis, so it was obvious she was just saying those things in spite to Tamra.”
And defending herself and Slade against the insulting improv show, which also happened to be not funny, Gretchen insists Alexis wasn’t the only person laughing!
“Obviously Slade’s set caused some turmoil between him and I. I was trying to make amends with Tamra at this point, so I had every right to be frustrated with his content. However, on another hand, I actually really understood where he was coming from.”
She continues, “Just because I am ready to forgive and move on doesn’t automatically mean he is too. I have to respect that. Even though I didn’t agree with his content, he is his own person and has to deal with his emotions how he sees fit. I know the woman have said a lot of hurtful and untrue things about who he is as a father without knowing all the details or facts (as Tamra openly admitted at our first lunch together) so Slade’s emotions are understandable.”
“Overall the show was a huge success — so much so that the owner of all the Improvs across the country came up to us afterwards and asked us to tour the show and manage Slade,” Gretchen expects us to believe.
I’m sure their appearance on a popular reality show with millions of viewers worldwide had nothing to do with that. I’m also sure that their willingness to trash their co-tarts from that popular reality show had nothing to do with the owner of all the Improvs asking them to tour. I guess Liz was wrong – comedy is Slave’s calling (eye roll).
Gretchen is quick to point out that no matter what, she loves Slade. “My loyalty is and will always be with Slade,” she writes. “I will always have his back, and I will always fight for him when necessary. Otherwise I will allow him to fight his own battles.”
Meanwhile, Life & Style is now reporting that an engagement is on the way for Gretchen and Slade! According to the mag, Slade was spotted shopping for engagement rings at the Jewelry Mart in NYC on Feb. 12.
Slade reportedly zeroed in on a dazzling 4.5-carat yellow diamond set in a bed of smaller white diamonds. “It was everything he was looking for,” an onlooker tells the mag. “He knew it would steal Gretchen’s heart.”
So many questions, so little time, but we’ll give it a go! For starters, how can Slade afford this ring? Plus, doesn’t he have other priorities aka the $138,000? Yes you read that right, he reportedly owes that amount in back child support. Perhaps this upcoming engagement is an attempt by the couple to get their own Bravo spinoff a la’ Bethenny Frankel and Kim Zolciak.
And speaking of loyalty, Alexis is defending her bestie – Vicki! “Watching Vicki in the beginning scene while cooking in the kitchen was so hilarious! She just cracks me up! I couldn’t stop laughing at Vicki,” Alexis writes in her Bravo Blog. “The more I get to know her, the more I think she is so fabulous. There is never a dull moment around her and I enjoy her so much!”
Despite defending Slade’s actions on this week’s show, Alexis is now backpedaling and calling him out for being hurtful. “Slade’s comedy act was definitely hurtful to Vicki and Tamra, and I don’t think it’s funny to make fun of other people, especially as part of an act where they aren’t able to defend themselves,” Alexis explains.
“However, some parts of his act were funny. I have to give both he and Gretchen props for getting up on that stage, because whether the show was good or bad, comedy has to be one of the most difficult things to attempt, and I wouldn’t have the nerve to do it.”
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DO YOU BELIEVE SLADE’S ACT WILL REALLY BE TOURING? WAS HIS ROUTINE FUNNY OR NOT? ARE YOU SURPRISED ALEXIS AND VICKI ARE REALLY FRIENDS?
With Real Housewives of Orange Countyfilming for its 7thand hopefully final season, the housewives and house losers partners are out in full-force to promote their claim to fame! In a new interview with OC Weekly, notorious duo, Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley talk their newest ventures, where Slade is getting money to pay for child support, and what you might catch a glimpse of in the upcoming season!
The anything for a buck couple’s newest project is the comedy show Keeping It Reality at the Irvine Improv. Slade describes the show as a “variety show.” “We have some very funny and successful comedians attached to the show,” Slade details. As for their role in making the audience laugh, “it’s really a little bit of Gretchen hosting and me doing some storytelling and poking fun at what our reality has become because of our association with the Housewives.”
Slade also reveals that his son, Grayson was recently on an episode of Glee! “He was on the episode when they went to the children’s hospital and played songs for the cancer kids. My son was the one who walked up and high-fived Matt Morrison!” And now Gretchen is jelly cause she wants to be on Glee, too!
The classy duo also take some time to slam their costar Tamra Barney by insinuating her beau is — coughs — batting for the other team, while also taking some shots at Slade’s ex Jo De La Rosa! Below are excerpts from their interview:
We love to see drama stirred and you just started filming so, how is the new season going so far?
Gretchen: It’s going good so far! We’ve got a lot to tell this season and I’ve got a lot on my plate. But, I’m really excited and I think the audience is really going to enjoy my stories and watching me continuously grow my brand Gretchen Christine. I’m also doing some stuff for the Pussycat Dolls and of course, the Irvine Improv which we are very excited about.
Any chance of a spin off show?
Gretchen: Yeah we keep trying to get fired but it doesn’t work! Here’s the thing, we are so grateful that Bravo has given this opportunity because it’s been so great and so fun to be able to accomplish everything we have. Sometimes though, I sit and cry at the editing. On another side, it would be awesome and an honor if they wanted to do a spin-off with Slade and I because I agree with you, we have a lot going on and we have a lot of stories to tell! However in the same breath, it’s very difficult to carry your own show and it’s not something I’m holding my breath for. But if it’s right, I think the audience will really be the ones who decide that for the network.
Slade: You know how that happened? I was offered the Bachelor, and after I ended my relationship with Jo I was still under contract. Bravo said they were going to pen a show for me sort of like a “real bachelorette of Los Angeles” with me helping her. It didn’t really blow people out of the water here but the show was such a huge hit in Europe! They are still so fanatical about that show, I just don’t get it. It’s like me and David Hasselhoff.
Any chance of a Gretchen/Jo collaboration?
Gretchen: [Laughs.] Yeah, that would be a big no.
Slade: You know Jo [De La Rosa] is very happy now bartending and singing karaoke. You know, Jo has a great voice but you have to be willing to do the work. I mean there are plenty of amazing artists who are not really good (Rihanna) I am not mentioning any names, but they have great fans and they can’t sing in public (Taylor Swift). I’m not saying that they haven’t gotten better but sometimes, they are horrific (Britney Spears). You can’t rely on being cute and being able to shake your ass, you’ve gotta put in work!
I was so repulsed with the Tamra [Barney] bathtub scene last season, did you guys almost throw-up as well?
Gretchen: Oh gosh that was bad.
Slade: You know why it’s so difficult for Eddie [Judge] is because he had to go to the heterosexual side of the fence. It was just really weird.
Classy. You know, I’m beginning to think Tamra’s claims that Gretchen is obsessed with her hold some water…
In addition to all the other exciting projects Gretchen has in the works, she is also also working on a new single, “Revelation” which was inspired by Grayson’s health struggles. As for an album… she’s not sure if “that’s the direction that I am necessarily shooting for right now.”
And she sure is desperately trying to push this comedy thing! While appearing The Playboy Morning Show with Slade; Gretchen gave us a sample of what an album might include – an ode to Slade’s magic penis. Yes – the folks that just made fun of Tamra’s bathtub scene, just debuted a little tune where they evoke people to “get your hands” on a magic schlong. Vomit, much?
Gretchen claims she wrote this gem while “sleeping on Ambien.” If you dare, a little sampling of the Grammy contender is below! But seriously – don’t dare.
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Thoughts on Gretchen and Slade’s Interview? And their latest comedy show? Would you watch a Gretchen and Slade Spin-Off? Are you excited about the new season of RHOC?
Michelle Arroyo, Slade’s ex and mother of his son Grayson Smiley, is speaking out against him in a new interview. Michelle states that despite Slade’s claims on the recent reunion show that he is paying his child support, he is still a deadbeat dad who continues to fall further behind in his payments as Grayson‘s medical bills pile up. Grayson, 11, is suffering from a rare brain tumor.
“My son’s father, Slade Smiley, is a deadbeat dad,” says Michelle in the current issue of the National Enquirer. In fact court documents obtained by the mag show Slade is now owing a whopping $160,000 in child support, a vast increase from the $138,000 he owed back in February. Court documents also show he has only made $7,000 in payments over the last several years.
“I just want Slade to do his part as a father,” says Michelle. “We’ve been living with my sister for the past four years. I can’t work because of [Grayson's] illness.” Michelle states Grayson requires 24-hour care.
Slade was contacted to give his side of the story and the best he could come up with was copies of two $500 money orders he sent to Michelle as proof that he pays his child support. Slade also stated a $20,000 donation to his son’s foundation was made on his behalf by a production company. He however had no response when it came to the 160k he owes. Slade’s driver’s license was suspended back in January due to the delinquent child support.
Michelle adds that she isn’t satisfied with things and takes Gretchen to task for stating in a recent Bravo blog that Slade can prove he’s been paying his support. “I would love to see the documents that Gretchen is talking about,” fumed Michelle. “The court records don’t lie. He needs to start acting like a father and taking some responsibility.”
In the meantime, there is a website set up for little Grayson for those who would like to contribute to his foundation. The website is Amazinggray.org. Grayson has been battling his brain tumor since 2006 and continues to require surgeries to treat the disease.
Despite owing over $138,000 in back child support payments, it seems Slade has still yet to find a job. To make matters worse, the child in question is Slade’s son Grayson Smiley, who suffers from a rare form of brain cancer. Grayson’s mother Michelle Arroyois forced to deal with the piling medical bills as well as no financial support from Slade.
The court documents obtained by RadarOnline show that Slade stated his monthly income in 2010 was $416 a month, and in 2009, he had no income. And we have to ask, how can a man with a sick son go an entire year without working? Wowzers. Slade is still seeking to have his monthly child support payments to Michelle reduced from $3500.
“It appears he is currently living with his girlfriend,” the court papers stated. “The evidence shows that . . . in 2010 he earned $5,000 for participation in another television program.” Something tells us Slade is earning way more than just $5,000 to do the Real Housewives of OC. In fact, the OC Register reported last summer that Slade admitted in court that his Bravo payments were directed to Gretchen and re-directed to him to avoid mandatory deductions.
In the court papers, Slade also claims he is trying to find a job by attending numerous parties and social events with girlfriend Gretchen Rossi. Seriously folks. “(Smiley) testified regarding his various unsuccessful efforts to find work in the title insurance/real estate industry. He also testified regarding his various Facebook and Twitter entries showing his attendance at various public and social events. He essentially describes these activities as networking with the purpose of securing employment in the entertainment field.”
The judge has since ordered Slade “to expand his efforts beyond entertainment and title insurance/real estate, and to document his efforts by keeping a detailed log.” He is also required to contact at least five potential employers every two weeks.
And following the recent episode of the OC Housewives, in which Slade’s darling mother tried to convince him to try to get a real J-O-B, Gretchen is now defending her man via her recent Bravo blog. Below are excerpts from Gretchen’s blog this week in which she blames Slade’s depression about his son’s illness for his joblessness -
“When Slade’s son got sick, his focus was on keeping him alive and being with him. It went from working everyday to being in the hospital every day back then. This is something that Slade and I can truly relate to each other about. I did the same thing when Jeff got sick. I walked away from my thriving real estate career to be by Jeff’s side while he spent close to nine months in the hospital. When a family member gets sick, the only thing that seems to matter anymore is spending time with them and getting them well. Work certainly does not seem like a priority anymore. I honestly think Slade has just been so depressed about his son’s illness for a while now, and in some ways it has kept him from being everything he is capable of being. The medical bills seem endless, and it seems impossible to ever catch up with it all. When Slade realized that all his hard work of 18 years in the title business had been lost because of his time away with his son, I think his world crumbled financially, emotionally, and mentally, as you see him humbly address in this episode. It was a hard knock for him and a wake-up call.
The press and people stating that Slade is a deadbeat father is ridiculous. Just because a man can no longer pay $4,000 a month in support due to loss of a job and financial hardship does not make him a deadbeat father. Normally a man who is not present in a child’s life, doesn’t care, never sees them, neglects the child, or is abusive or demeaning to a child makes a deadbeat father. Let me be clear that financial inability to pay the same amount in child support due to external circumstances in no way makes a man a deadbeat father.”
Gretchen also goes on to blame the bad press as the reason Slade has yet to find a job. Yes, she did folks. “He submits resumes consistently to companies and has worked with head hunters, etc. Unfortunately the hard reality is that because of the false press that is out there, the second a employer googles his name an article stating that he is a deadbeat father is what they find,” wrote Gretchen. No word yet on when Gretchen will get tired of the constant embarrassment, stop thinking with what’s in between her legs, and start using her brain.
It was reported back in February that Slade’s drivers license was suspended on Jan. 8 due to the delinquent child support. And back in February of 2009, Slade was arrested for not paying his child support. He was released the same day after posting $10,000 bail.
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