The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Gretchen Rossi was photographed with her new beau aka Slade Smiley this weekend in West Hollywood, California.
Gretchen was also photographed as she selected a few outfits that she will use for the Gumball 3000 rally race where she will be raising money for the ‘Rossi Racing for the Cure’ charity for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of her late fiance Jeff Beitzel.
Gretchen Rossi recently spoke out about Slade Smiley and being a fan of The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Nene Leakes. Gretchen continues to wear the engagement ring given to her by her late fiance Jeff Beitzel, though she is now dating Slade.
OnNene Leakes- “I’m really good friends with NeNe. She is one of my favorite people ever. She is so cool.” Gretchen and Nene met at a commercial shoot for Bravo. “She is one of the most confident women I have ever met and I love that about her,” Gretchen said. “She would sit there and go, ‘I’d watch me too if I were watching the show.’ She’s so all about herself…I’m a strong, confident woman, but just in a very different demeanor.”
OnSlade Smiley - “Slade is one of the best men I’ve come across in my life besides Jeff,” Gretchen explained. “And I know he’s a secure enough man that whether or not I’m wearing this ring would not matter to him at all.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County has yet to be greenlighted for it’s fifth season, and according to the NY Post, Slade and Gretchen’s new relationship might be playing a big factor.
As you all know by now, Gretchen and Slade are now a couple. Slade had appeared on previous seasons while dating Jo De LaRosa and Lauri Waring. The Post reports that the folks at Bravo are very skeptical of this publicity stunt new relationship and are not anxious to have Slade back on the show.
In an attempt to prove he is not stalking Gretchen Rossi,Jay Photoglou decided to take a lie detector test and submit the results to RadarOnline. Jay is the sleazy guy who’s been claiming to be Gretchen’s ex boyfriend and leaking out every photo they ever took together.
Gretchen obtained a restraining order against him on March 6 on the grounds that Jay had threatened both she and her new boyfriend Slade Smiley. Jay claims he took 2 polygraph tests on March 21st. There’s obviously no way to verify this information, or even whether or not he really took a test. The results according to Jay are below -
Did you threatened to harm Gretchen Rossi? No
Did you threatened to strangle Gretchen Rossi? No
Did you threatened to dispose of Slade Smiley? No
Did threatened to hang yourself in Gretchen Rossi’s bedroom? No
Did you threaten to kill Gretchen Rossi’s dogs? No
Between midnight on 2/17/09 and 2/18/09, did you intentionally dial Gretchen Rossi’s telephone number? Yes
During this call did you make any threats to harm Gretchen Rossi? No
Did you make this phone call with the intention to play a song that had sentimental value to you? Yes
During this phone call did you speak to Gretchen Rossi? No
In the never ending drama of the OC housewives, Jeff’s ex wife and mother of his three children Sharon spoke out recently and cleared the air on the whole Gretchen issue. She posted this as a comment on our other blog. We were able to verify with 100% certainty that the comment was indeed written by Sharon. What she had to say is very interesting.
“My kids do NOT and NEVER have adored Gretchen….they know exactly what she’s about and what she’s up to and has been up to all along and their Dad knew it too. My daughter, Jill making any statement re. Gretchen explained that she simply doesn’t want anymore negative comments written about her Dad which is embarrassing and hurtful to her and her brother and sister. Jill appearing to defend Gretchen (slightly) is done only to quiet any negative statements made about her Dad period. Our three kids, Jennifer, Jill and Jake (Lizzy is not Jeff’s daughter, nor mine…she’s a long-time friend of our daughter Jill) are not fans of Rossi at all and how they describe her in real terms, isn’t nice and hasn’t been nice historically. The fact is, Jeff was never going to marry her and she knows it but likes to play it like they were so much in love (gee…wonder why???). I’ve known Jeff for 25 years and I did visit him in August while he was in the hospital at which time we talked a lot. What I know is totally different than what Gretchen portrays which means, I know the truth and she knows that I know the truth. Sometimes I feel pity for her which is about the most I can feel given all of her lies over the course of time. I really feel sorry for her family, especially her Mom.
My kids are so far above Gretchen in integrity, self-respect and character that it’s really embarrassing that they were ever exposed to her to begin with. Jeff said he was lonely and knew that he appeared desperate to a lot of people, probably both and not unlike a lot of people that are in their mid-life. Gretchen badgered him into being part of this show to begin with and Tamra exposing Gretchen for the fraud she is was gutsy even knowing that she’d experience some backlash from it. Gretchen screwing around on Chris with Jeff and on Jeff with Jay and Jay with Slade naturally would have it’s downside and if Gretchen believed that all of this would remain secret means that she is about as intelligent as a box of rocks. So….Jay exposed her…she’s earned all the disrespect she’s been given and gives to others and if she believes she deserves an iota of respect at all, well….I’m back to the box of rocks intellect again.”
This picture was posted by TMZ today of Gretchen making out with Slade! We can now officially call them a couple. For those not familiar with Slade, he appeared on the 1st and 2nd seasons of the RHOOC as the boyfriend of Jo De LaRosa. Anything is an upgrade from the sleazy Jay Photoglou.
The two were photographed while docked on a boat in Newport Harbor on Wednesday. The new couple were also spotted at a Lakers game earlier this week.
Gretchen Rossi’s condo is listed up for sale. This is the same condo that she and Jeff were featured in on the Real Housewives of Orange county. The home was purchased in 2005 for about $830,000, and is now listed for sale for the price of $805,900. The house is listed at 3,917 Sq. Ft. More pics below.
Click hereto see a picture of Gretchen and Slade at a Lakers game.