There is no question that Real Housewives of Orange County alums Gretchen Rossi and fiancé (and serial Housewife dater) Slade Smiley, are a polarizing couple. The duo started dating during Season 5 of RHOC.
Gretchen popped the question to Slade with a
cringe-worthy over-the-top proposal that played out on Season 8. It was unforgettable. Believe me—I’ve tried.
Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi and her fiancé (and serial Housewife dater) Slade Smiley traveled a long and difficult road to finally become parents. The couple struggled for years to get pregnant. Slade had to have his vasectomy reversed, and Gretchen undertook multiple rounds of IVF treatment.
Finally, on July 10, Gretchen and Slade welcomed their daughter. A rep for Gretchen told US Weekly, “Skylar Gray is here. They are doing well. They went in about 9 a.m. for a C-section at a hospital in Orange Country.”
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 26: Reality TV Personality Gretchen Rossi attends the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center’s “Eternal Beauty” celebration on September 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi and her fiancé, serial housewife-dater Slade Smiley, wanted a family more than anything in the world. After Slade
had dated his way through much of the cast got together with Gretchen, their relationship was viewed with skepticism at best.
During Season 5 of RHOC, they started dating. In Season 8, Gretchen planned an over-the-top marriage proposal to Slade, and he accepted! The franchise cut Gretchen loose after that
tacky stunt grand romantic gesture. Just getting engaged does not serve as a storyline. Ask newly-demoted Vicki Gunvalson.
There is a complicated history between Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Judge and alum Gretchen Rossi. Let’s remember back to a dinner party during Gretchen’s first season. It was at Tamra’s house, and Tamra planned to get an engaged Gretchen “naked wasted.” Mission accomplished. It was weird watching Gretchen flirt with Tamra’s son and then bellow “TAMRAAA!”
Gretchen and her fiancé of 6 years, serial Housewife dater, Slade Smiley, welcomed their daughter Skylar Gray on July 10. The couple had battled infertility for a long time.
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.
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.
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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