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.
We’re still bringing you the weekly photo roundup in a short bit, but first wanted to put up some shots from last night. The stars of Bravo gathered in NYC for the Bravo All-Star Party special edition of Watch What Happens Live. A slew of the celebs were spotted leaving their hotels on their way over to the event, so we wanted to share!
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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Hold on to your retractable leashes and sis and desist letters! Tonight is Part I of the Real Housewives of the Orange County Reunion, and based on last week’s finale, these ladies are going to have a lot they want to get off of their surgically enhanced chests.
The first half of the reunion promises to revisit Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge’s Alexis Couture (the porn star, not the housewife) bathtub scene causing Alexis (the housewife, not the porn star…that we know of) to call Tamra a bad mother. Alexis also comes under attack for her “traditional views” on marriage, while Vicki breaks down watching a video of Donn discuss their divorce and the pain of seeing it play out on television.
Gretchen defends her relationship with Slade, but opens up about the hardships of dating a man with no job and mountains of child support debt. Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, Tamra and Gretchen let the accusations fly about the cheating, lying, and meddling. It’s almost as if we’ve been transported back to last season! Clearly these two have yet to kiss and make up over their past drama. Of course, it wouldn’t be a reunion if Andy Cohen wasn’t there to stir the pot referee.
Gretchen recently spoke with In Touch about what to expect from the sixth season reunion (and made sure to name drop the dietary supplement she takes to maintain her figure). She reveals that she and Tamra get into it over some of Tamra’s biting comments. “Tamara said some really harsh things about Slade this season and I wanted to address some of those issues. You really see the claws come out.”
While Tamra can certainly bring the drama, Gretchen is proud of herself for standing up to her. She says, “I didn’t even know I had it in me to fight like [I] did. It was pretty intense. You think New Jersey was crazy, you should see us at our reunion.” And watch, we shall!
Part I of the reunion airs tonight at 9 ET, followed by an all new Real Housewives of New Jersey on its new night. Part II of the OC reunion also airs tomorrow night on Bravo. Watch a sneak peek below!
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And it should be as Vicki will file for divorce though in a very recent interview, she implied she would be open to a reconciliation with Donn. Also o`n the finale tonight titled “Girl Fight,” the season concludes with a bang as we finally get to see the altercation between Jeana and Tamra that Bravo has been teasing us with for months. Vicki comes home from her recent stint in the hospital, but feels well enough to host her annual fall party. At the party, Tamra doesn’t take kindly to what she believes is Jeana bad-mouthing her around Orange County, and all hell breaks loose. Watch a sneak peek below! The episode airs at 10/9c.
Watch What Happens Live - Vicki was the scheduled guest but it seems her appearance had to be rescheduled. Replacing Vicki will bePeggy Tanousand hockey player Sean Avery.
In other OC news, it’s no secret that (much like the ladies on the majority of the franchises), the OC Housewives are not the best of friends. These woman do cliques and cattiness better than most high school mean girls. Vicki Gunvalson is no stranger to the drama, especially this season, but could she be tiring of all the back-stabbing?
In a recent interview with E.Online, Vicki opens up about her future plans and her young co-stars. As for what’s next for Vicki, she has penned a book (because that’s what Housewives do when they don’t fancy themselves pops stars) entitled More Than a Housewife, and envisions herself on her own “Clean House” type show, helping women with clutter and hoarding issues.
However, Vicki’s most telling statements are aimed at her younger Orange County cohorts, Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino. Vicki states the obvious, “Alexis and Gretchen are thirty—we’ve got nothing in common. Nothing.” She elaborates, “[I want to] have more substance behind who I am. I think this show has really gone into an area that—I don’t work out five hours a day, I don’t stand in front of a mirror, I don’t do all things that we’re [supposed to be doing].” Meow. If that’s not a dig (albeit a legitimate dig) at the two youngest, blondest housewives, I don’t know what is.
Apparently, the disconnect with the women makes filming difficult. “[T]hey don’t respect me and I don’t respect them, so it’s tough to film cohesively with that.”
Vicki also goes on the record with respect to Alexis’eating disorder admission. She exclaims, “Well, obviously she doesn’t eat! It was obvious, she has no body fat…It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know the girl’s got an eating disorder. I mean, really. I mean, she has got the most perfect body in the world, but you have got to eat in order to sustain life. I never knew it, but you can look at her to say, there’s definitely some eating issues.” I mean, Vicki makes a valid point, I mean, even if she doesn’t say it in the most sensitive manner, I mean.
Vicki reveals that she and Alexis get into it on the season’s reunion. However, dear readers, we have one more episode to watch before we get to see that.
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Sunday’sReal Housewives of Orange County “Fashion Victim” episode starts off with two scenes which viewers have come to expect: Gunvalson awkwardness and Slade emasculation. Elsewhere, Tamra and Peggy are partying in Vegas and Alexis is channeling her inner Project Runway.
Vicki and Donn are tip-toeing around each other while cleaning house and doing laundry, making no effort to connect other than passive aggressively. Gretchen returns home from San Antonio and Slade’s “Tubbawubba” nickname is ressurected. Gretchen also reminds him that since he doesn’t have a job, he’s basically her do-boy. Slade lets Gretchen know he’s no one’s man-servant, while dutifully unloading her umpteen pieces of luggage.
Peggy has big plans for Micah’s birthday. Vegas, baby! Peggy invited Tamra and Eddie and another random couple, Kirsten and Brady. If I had to guess, Kirsten’s gunning for a spot on next season. Peggy is thrilled that Tamreddie (see what I did there??) are her and Micah’s new biffles. The group disses on Alexis and Jim, and Micah goes off on a rant about people in O.C. who are constantly trying to keep up with the Joneses. He opines about “living within your means” and to “stop trying to be something you’re not.” These are clearly digs at Mr. Bellino, but how awkward for the Tanouses to have to watch that scene now??
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Howdy y’all! The Southerner in me has only one thing to say about Sunday’s Real Housewives of Orange County: Good gracious and bless their hearts…Alexis is wasted, Gretchen is hilarious, and Tamra is…human? Don’t shoot the messenger! Vicki continues to struggle with her feelings for Donn, and Peggy unwittingly finds herself in competition with (who else?) Alexis.
This episode, “Cutting Loose,” starts with Alexis and sidekick assistant Dylan shopping for cowboy boots for her upcoming trip to visit Gretchen in San Antonio, Texas. The poor salesman can’t find a boot with a high enough (or sexy enough) heel for Alexis’ taste, but at least she has on a pair of ridiculously tiny Daisy Duke shorts to counteract the conservative boot. Alexis is looking forward to the brief getaway from Jim and the kids, but admits she’s not a cowgirl or a girls’ trip kind of girl.
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