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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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.
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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According to a new report,Slade Smiley, boyfriend/rumored fiance of Gretchen Rossi, is still owing loads of child support while also driving on a suspended license.
A new report by MostWantedDeadBeats website via the OC Register states that Slade, 42, is now owing $138,850 in child support debts, a rapid increase from the previous amount of $84,962, due to interest owed on arrears in addition to the piling unpaid support.
Slade, an extra on the Real Housewives of Orange County, was scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom yesterday to address the payments owed to his ex-girlfriend and mother of his son Grayson Smiley, Michelle Arroyo. It is however uncertain if the hearing took place as Michelle notified the courts that Grayson was sick and in the hospital. Grayson suffers from a rare form of brain cancer.
It gets even worse as court documents show Slade’s driver’s license was suspended on Jan. 8 due to the delinquent child support.
This however hasn’t prevented Slade from driving as the OC Register notes he has been spotted driving around Costa Mesa, where he lives with Gretchen, in a powder-blue Mercedes Benz and a black Range Rover.
A judge also recently ordered Slade to seek work outside of the entertainment/TV industry due to his claims that he has been unable to earn money through those ventures for extended periods of time. Though it seems Slade has yet to find a job as of today.
It was reported Slade admitted in court last May that he had received some payments for his appearance on the OC Housewives, but had the funds paid to Gretchen and then re-directed to him to avoid mandatory deductions.
In other OC news, it seems OC wild teens Raquel and Alexa Curtin have yet to curb their crazy ways. Months ago, theDirty website posted some risque photos of Lynn Curtin’s daughters, while also reporting the underage girls are always drinking and are heavy into the rave scene. Which brings us to a very important question – Raves still exist?
Other readers allege the girls are also into drugs. Some of the photos are posted below but these aren’t leaked photos as Raquel’s myspace page proudly displays one of the pics as her profile photo. As we have reported, Lynn is no longer a cast member on the upcoming season of the OC Housewives, set to premiere Mar. 6.
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