Gretchen Rossi Reminds Vicki Gunvalson About Karma, But Thinks Vicki Should Stay With Brooks Ayers If She Loves Him!

Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley At NYFW 2015

Gretchen Rossi may not know much, but she certainly knows a thing or two about being judged for the company you keep and the integrity of your significant other! While Vicki Gunvalson and her now-ex-boyfriend Brooks Ayers are being judged and questioned constantly, Gretchen has certainly walked a mile in Vicki’s Manolos and is imparting some advice.

It is pretty uncanny that Gretchen and Vicki’s lives have some eerily similar parallels. The boyfriend nobody likes (or trusts), the significant other with cancer, the constantly having to defend your love and your relationship to people who barely know you…  

In her past life as a Real Housewives of Orange County star, Gretchen’s joined the show while her then-fiancé Jeff was battling terminal cancer. He ultimately passed away in between seasons. Gretchen eventually started dating her current fiancé Slade Smiley, who battled both deadbeat dad-ism and his son Grayson’s cancer. And absolutely NOBODY liked Slave!


Gretchen faced a lot of heat from Vicki for filming while Jeff was dying and for sticking by Slade through his trials. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, Gretchen is here to remind Vicki of a little thing called KARMA

“My advice is, first of all, don’t judge somebody like she did back in the day with me, because you never know if you’ll end up in that position,” states Gretchen. Of course, Gretchen isn’t benevolent – she’s offering this advice from an ‘I told’ya so Vicki!’ standpoint! 

“And unfortunately, it’s kind of one of those things where if you judge somebody and you have so much to say — she had so much to say about Slade and my relationship, she had so much to say about Jeff’s and my relationship, she had so much to say about whether or not I should be on a TV show when someone I loved had cancer, and now she’s going through all of the exact same things I went through.”

However, Gretchen also learned another very important lesson which she would like to impart to her former nemesis: do not let the naysayers get you down! Gretchen believes, “Don’t care what anybody says.” 

Absolutely Gretchen is an expert on this as everyone on earth begged her to leave Slade, but she has stayed by his side and now encourages Vicki to do the same thing where Brooks is concerned. “If you love him and you want to be with him, go with your heart. That’s all that matters at the end of the day,” Gretchen tells The Dish. “Not what any of the girls say, not what the world says. When you go to bed at night, if that’s the man you love and the person who makes you happy, that’s what you need to focus on.”

Well there you go, a little advice from Gretchen is definitely what everyone needs to live their life right! Dang girl – when you gonna publish a self-help book?! Honestly, though, I hope I never hear the name “Brooks Ayers” again. Just me? 

Tonight Vicki continues to worry about what everyone thinks as rumors continue to swirl that Brooks is faking cancer. And one Housewife can’t keep Vicki (or Brooks’s) name out of her mouth. Meghan KING Edmonds we’re looking at you girl! 

After Vicki and Brooks leave Shannon’s “Aries Party,” the remaining ladies continue to question Vicki’s behavior – particularly Shannon who begins to doubt her friendship with Vicki. Meanwhile Tamra has a heart-to-heart with Vicki about what the others are saying and why. And Heather and Terry disagree over their monster-mansion! 

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