As we reported the other day, Grayson, the son of Real Housewives of Orange County'sSlade Smiley, underwent brain surgery for a tumor hes been battling for years. Many of our readers were upset that Gretchen Rossi was Facebooking the status of Grayson's surgery. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know how tense things are between Slade and Grayson's mother as he claims he can't afford to pay child support or help with their son's mounting medical bills.
While Gretchen was asking for prayers for Grayson from her fans, many wondered how Grayson's mother would feel about her updating the world on her boyfriend's son. I think she's more interested in her son's well-being and sharing how you can donate to help pay his bills than to worry about Gretchen.
Well, Slade is again protesting against reports that he is a jobless deadbeat dad! Speaking to WetPaint, Slave says the allegations hurt his feelings and simply aren’t true.
“I was in real estate,” Slade says of his career pre-Housewives, “I was technically a consultant.” But NOW, oh but NOW, he runs Grayson Entertainment, a company which puts together endorsement deals for celebrities. Doesn’t he mean puts together endorsement deals for ONE pseudo-celebrity who goes by the stage name of Gretchen Christine?
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?
Today’s Real Housewives of Orange County post is brought to you by the letter S. S for Slade Smiley. It seems no matter how hard he tries to recapture his former glory as the OC lothario, Slade is a wanted man. And a mocked one. In the latest, Vicki Gunvalson still hates him, and a national Deadbeat watch group has targeted his recalcitrant parenting.
Slade is still being accused of deadbeatism, well, because it’s likely true! Recently, the child support challenged father has been taking heat from Most Wanted Deadbeats, an advocacy group that shines light on parents who are not supporting their children. The organization, owned and operated by Jennifer Young, has been monitoring Slave’s actions and reporting on his on-going case.
Slave owes over $130,000 in back child support to his ex-girlfriend Michelle Arroyo. The son they share together, Grayson, has a brain tumor which requires constant medical attention. Tamra notoriously called Michelle at last year’s RHOC reunion and exposed his awful ways.
Rumors arose that Slade was arrested at Gretchen’s house in 2010 for his failure to pay, and that his license had been suspended. Slave, once making loads of money, had apparently squandered it all and was completely broke, and claimed he was unable to find work. That’s the back story.
He’s been in court trying to renegotiate his monthly payment to meet his greatly reduced financial state. Slade was previously obligated to a whopping $3500 per month, which he was not paying. Jennifer recently announced on Twitter that Slave’s monthly child support has been amended! “child support was just reduced in Slade’s favor to $775.00 mo. Let’s see if he can meet that obligation,” Jennifer wrote. Hopefully Slave can move himself off the deadbeat list! What is his newest career exactly?
And proving that he should definitely be able to afford that new payment, Slave and Gretchen were spotted on a shopping spree in Miami. The duo were buying armloads of designer duds, according to Wetpaint.
Moving on, Tamra Barney takes to her Bravo blog to explain why she invited Slade to her ’80s party, and gives her opinion on the whole mess! “I’m not 100 percent convinced that she [Gretchen Rossi]did not know he was going to use us in his act, after all me and Vicki were not invited for a reason,” Tamra explains of the infamous unfunny improv show. “It really has not impacted our friendship in the long run. At first I was a little pissed off, but I got over it.”
As for why Slade was invited, it was purely a timing issue. “The party was planned and the guys were invited prior to the Improv act. I was not even sure that Slade would show up to the party after what he did at the Improv.” Right – a normal person with scruples would NOT attend, but this is Slade we’re talking about here. “I was not going to un-invite Slade over a dumb improv act.”
“I have never defended Slade for what he did,” she adds. As for Vicki’s feelings of betrayal, Tamra explains she is still very close to Vicki and TV is not always telling the truth. “I do not feel like I have rolled over Vicki at all. I keep hearing Vicki saying things like ‘How could she do this to me?’ and ‘Where is your loyalty?’ Don’t let ‘sound bites’ persuade you into thinking something different is going on, actions speak louder than words. I have NOT done a thing to Vicki.”
“The funny thing with TV is. . .if you hear me say over and over again ‘She hurt me. She hurt me.’ you will believe I hurt her even if you never saw a thing happen. Be smart!”
Tamra admits she is on much better terms with Slade today. “We went through years of nonsense. I did not just wake up one day and say ‘Let’s rip on Slade,’” she explains. “Vicki and I were both a punching bag for Slade for many years. It is a two way street and none of us were innocent.”
While Tamra has moved on, Vicki – not so much. “Why would Slade do that?” Vicki wonders in her Bravo blog. “Was it done so he would feel better about himself?…I would be extremely embarrassed if I was Gretchen.”
“What man makes fun of your girlfriend’s friend’s looks and body image? How embarrassing? Gretchen, thank you for sticking up for us, and I’m sorry you were put in the middle of it. I hold no grudges against you. . .so far. You were put in a really tough place and I think you handled it very well.”
Finally, tonight marks a new episode of Real Housewives of Orange County. Things will continue to get crazy at the ’80s party, as Gretchen and Vicki dissolve into a screaming match. Jim returns as Alexis prepares for her nose job sinus surgery and Slade continues to cause problems! A preview of the episode is below!
Real Housewives of Orange County airs tonight on Bravo at 9/10c.
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SHOULD TAMRA HAVE UNINVITED SLADE? WILL SLADE MAKE HIS MONTHLY CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS. WHAT IS HIS JOB EXACTLY?
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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.
The drama began when former housewife Lynne told Tamra Barney that she felt stabbed in the back by Gretchen. The reason? Not only did Gretchen apparently steal her idea to start a handbag line, but Gretchen also recruited the help of the people introduced to her by Lynne months earlier after Lynne asked her to tag along to a business meeting. Lynne also revealed she was upset with Gretchen for starting the bag line without informing her, before going on to accuse Gretchen of just slapping her name on her handbag line.
Upon hearing Lynne’s comments from others, Gretchen decided to confront Lynne, who refused to back down. “I don’t know what’s your business. What’s the business of the week? Is it cosmetology? Is it real estate or is it make up? What is it?” asked Lynne when Gretchen demanded to know why she was talking smack about her business. “She’s ripping me off,” added Lynne in her camera interview. Gretchen’s response was that she didn’t need Lynne’s permission to begin her line, adding that Lynne also hawks a lot of different products. A look at Lynne’s website Lynnecurtin.com does show she now sells bedding in addition to her jewelry line.
And this morning, Tamra chimed in… of course, giving more details on handbag-gate. Below is what Tamra posted on her facebook page -
“The reason Lynne was so mad is because the “2 guys” found out lynne was making handbags and tried to get her to slap her name on their bags. She said NO she wanted to design her own bags. so they went to Gretchen after meeting her with Lynne at an event . She felt betrayed !”
As for Gretchen, she isn’t directly responding to Lynne’s comments, simply tweeting yesterday, “Bottom line: I don’t have the time or energy for negativity or negative people in my life! Too many positive things to do!” A video clip is below for those who missed the bitchfest episode.
The lost footage show also gave us a lot of new footage such as Alexis Bellinovisiting a marriage counselor and admitting her and Jim visit the counselor several times a week. We got to meet Darren Vieth aka Tamra’s ex and father of her son Ryan Vieth, as the two prepared for Ryan to get surgery for Gynecomastia aka breast development in men — a side effect of steroids usage. Ryan admitted he had taken steroids in the past. Also on the reunion show lost footage, Vicki Gunvalson revealed estranged husband Donn used to threaten her with divorce quite often during their marriage.
Speaking of Vicki, she has now deleted her facebook page in addition to making her twitter page private following the recent backlash and negative publicity concerning her boyfriend Brooks Ayers. It came out last week that Brooks was arrested twice for failure to pay child support and once for a DUI.
Meanwhile following last week’s reunion, Slade Smiley spoke with E! Online about Tamra’s comments and her contact with his ex-girlfriend/mother of his son Michelle Arroyo. “I am still very confused as to why Tamra thinks any of this is her business, and we find it very creepy she would reach out and have a conversation with someone she has never met,” said Slade. He continues, “I believe Tamra is delusional and willing to do anything and everything to stay in front of the camera and stay on TV no matter whether it hurts her kids or the people around her.”
Tamra fired back in her own E! Online interview. Speaking on her new friendship(??) with Michelle, Tamra claims, “We became friends through a mutual friend. I feel extremely sorry for her and my heart breaks for her and Grayson. Michelle is a very strong woman and went out of her way to contact me today to tell me that she was proud of me for standing up for her and Grayson and to keep my head up.” Tamra also has choice words for Slade, but manages to get in a dig to Gretchen as well. “While [Slade has] accused me of many false and bold lies throughout the entire season, I am not crying to the press about them. Why? Simply because his allegations are false. The bottom line is that I don’t care what Slade has to say about me. Like Gretchen, he thrives on lies and manipulation,” she says.
This interview was done just days before the details about Vicki’s boyfriend came out. Tamra has still yet to comment on that.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LOST FOOTAGE EPISODE? DOES LYNNE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE MAD AT GRETCHEN? DID GRETCHEN BACK STAB HER? PLUS THOUGHTS ON SLADE VS TAMRA?