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Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi has always attracted controversy. Gretchen was engaged to a much-older man, Jeff Beitzel, when she first joined the cast. After Jeff’s death, Gretchen started a relationship with serial Housewife-dater Slade Smiley during Season 5. None of her fellow RHOC co-stars were supportive of the match. If Gretchen hadn’t scored him, Slade was in danger of running out of Housewives to  financially support him date.

When Gretchen proposed to Slade with the Bravo cameras rolling, it was both a cringe-worthy over-the-top stunt, and a desperate bid for Gretchen to keep her Housewife position. Gretchen had her man flown in by helicopter to the top of AT&T building, where Gretchen popped the question. If Slade had proposed, Gretchen would probably have been presented with a single rose and a candy ring pop.

Gretchn Rossi And Slade Smiley Are Naming Their Daughter In Honor Of His Son

Gretchen Rossi has been open about the years-long struggle she and fiancé Slade Smiley have had with infertility, including undergoing rounds of IVF treatments. Happily, the former Real Housewives of Orange County star announced she and Slade were expecting a baby last December. Since then, Gretchen has posted many baby bump shots on Instagram, including some from a gender reveal party in February. At the party, Gretchen and Slade announced they are expecting a baby girl, who is due in July.

One would imagine that this is a very exciting and busy time for Gretchen and Slade as having a baby changes every aspect of your life. One of the most enjoyable things to do while expecting for many couples is picking out a baby name. And Gretchen and Slade have chosen to honor his son Grayson Smiley in the naming of their new baby.

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Former  – but still manages to be invited to every event imaginable – reality TV star Gretchen Rossi celebrated her 36th birthday last week and Slade Smiley threw her a surprise party. A few reality TV star friends, Joanna Krupa, Lilly Ghalichi, Cheryl Burke, Paul Nassif, Scheana Marie, and Michael Costello, helped “the most amazing fiance ever” pull it off. 

“I sincerely cannot believe that Slade pulled this off last night,” Gretchen wrote on Instagram. “I mean to say I had NO idea is an understatement! So many of my sweet friends came to surprise and celebrate me! I’m still on cloud nine!”

“Now @sladesmiley I’m going to kill you because no one has ever been able to keep me out of the loop like that before and surprise me that well! Oh and also because I put my hair in a side braid cause I was tired from my photoshoot and did not want to restyle my hair. Not cute buddy. And you had my mom trick me too! Best Birthday in a long time!!” See photos from Gretchen‘s party below.

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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.

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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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Oh drama! In today’s Real Housewives of Orange County news, Gretchen Rossi continues to suffer humiliation over the man she chooses to date!

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.

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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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Following this week’s chaotic and frankly ridiculous episode of Real Housewives of Orange County, the ladies are speaking out about what happened and why they just can’t get along! Gretchen Rossi and Vicki Gunvalson have never been the best of friends, but Gretchen’s new relationship with Tamra Barney–along with Slade Smiley‘s rather harsh comedy routine centered around Vicki–has deepened the rift.

In her new Bravo Blog, Gretchen opens up about dealing with Vicki, and why she thinks Vicki lacks empathy for others. “Unfortunately, her actions are constantly proving to me that somehow she always believes her situation is more important than anyone else’s,” Gretchen remarks. “The crazy part is that even despite the harsh and incorrect things said about Slade not being a good dad or a “deadbeat” (as she liked to put it at times), I still find compassion for her and would not wish what Slade or I have been through on my worst enemy.”

Gretchen is also tired of Vicki discounting Grayson‘s cancer diagnosis. “I wish when she was making such horrible statements she could put herself in Slade’s shoes and think about the fact that it’s already scary and hard enough to deal with your child being sick, let alone having someone claim you are a bad or deadbeat parent on top of that pain. It’s moments like this that make me realize why Slade has so much hurt and pain still.”

Believing that the root of Vicki’s issues lie in her jealousy over her friendship with Tamra, Gretchen calls her out for being fake! “Vicki said to Tamra she is so happy her and I are friends, but was it just me or were you not believing her for one second?;” Gretchen wonders.

“I love how Tamra kept calling Vicki out about being full of it when it came to loving Alexis [Bellino] all of a sudden. Vicki has never really been a huge fan of myself or Alexis, so it was obvious she was just saying those things in spite to Tamra.”

And defending herself and Slade against the insulting improv show, which also happened to be not funny, Gretchen insists Alexis wasn’t the only person laughing!

“Obviously Slade’s set caused some turmoil between him and I. I was trying to make amends with Tamra at this point, so I had every right to be frustrated with his content. However, on another hand, I actually really understood where he was coming from.”

She continues, “Just because I am ready to forgive and move on doesn’t automatically mean he is too. I have to respect that. Even though I didn’t agree with his content, he is his own person and has to deal with his emotions how he sees fit. I know the woman have said a lot of hurtful and untrue things about who he is as a father without knowing all the details or facts (as Tamra openly admitted at our first lunch together) so Slade’s emotions are understandable.”

“Overall the show was a huge success — so much so that the owner of all the Improvs across the country came up to us afterwards and asked us to tour the show and manage Slade,” Gretchen expects us to believe.

I’m sure their appearance on a popular reality show with millions of viewers worldwide had nothing to do with that. I’m also sure that their willingness to trash their co-tarts from that popular reality show had nothing to do with the owner of all the Improvs asking them to tour. I guess Liz was wrong – comedy is Slave’s calling (eye roll).

Gretchen is quick to point out that no matter what, she loves Slade. “My loyalty is and will always be with Slade,” she writes. “I will always have his back, and I will always fight for him when necessary. Otherwise I will allow him to fight his own battles.”

Meanwhile, Life & Style is now reporting that an engagement is on the way for Gretchen and Slade! According to the mag, Slade was spotted shopping for engagement rings at the Jewelry Mart in NYC on Feb. 12.

Slade reportedly zeroed in on a dazzling 4.5-carat yellow diamond set in a bed of smaller white diamonds. “It was everything he was looking for,” an onlooker tells the mag. “He knew it would steal Gretchen’s heart.”

So many questions, so little time, but we’ll give it a go! For starters, how can Slade afford this ring? Plus, doesn’t he have other priorities aka the $138,000? Yes you read that right, he reportedly owes that amount in back child support. Perhaps this upcoming engagement is an attempt by the couple to get their own Bravo spinoff a la’ Bethenny Frankel and Kim Zolciak.

And speaking of loyalty, Alexis is defending her bestie – Vicki! “Watching Vicki in the beginning scene while cooking in the kitchen was so hilarious! She just cracks me up! I couldn’t stop laughing at Vicki,” Alexis writes in her Bravo Blog. “The more I get to know her, the more I think she is so fabulous. There is never a dull moment around her and I enjoy her so much!”

Despite defending Slade’s actions on this week’s show, Alexis is now backpedaling and calling him out for being hurtful. “Slade’s comedy act was definitely hurtful to Vicki and Tamra, and I don’t think it’s funny to make fun of other people, especially as part of an act where they aren’t able to defend themselves,” Alexis explains.

“However, some parts of his act were funny. I have to give both he and Gretchen props for getting up on that stage, because whether the show was good or bad, comedy has to be one of the most difficult things to attempt, and I wouldn’t have the nerve to do it.”

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DO YOU BELIEVE SLADE’S ACT WILL REALLY BE TOURING? WAS HIS ROUTINE FUNNY OR NOT? ARE YOU SURPRISED ALEXIS AND VICKI ARE REALLY FRIENDS?