The thirst is real for Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi.
You may be wondering why we keep writing about the former reality TV couple considering how thirsty they are, well their delusions of grandeur are just too good not to.
In part three of Slade and Gretchen’s appearance on The Tomorrow Show, the perpetually engaged couple open up about why they haven’t walked down the aisle and how Bravo “manipulated” their “reality so poorly.”
However, the kicker comes when Slade claims he’s ALWAYS had a job and Gretchen claims he’s NEVER been a deadbeat dad.
The million dollar question for Slade and Gretchen is why haven’t they married yet?
Gretchen says they haven’t walked down the aisle for many reasons including Slade’s son’s health, financial reasons, and the fact that they are trying to have a baby via IVF.
“Well here’s the thing, Slade and I don’t necessarily do things small. I mean who knows we might just tomorrow go and decide we’re gonna elope but we don’t normally do things small. We kinda like extravagant, big, over the top things. Feels a little irresponsible right now to go do that when you know his son is struggling still, we’re going through some you know, financial stuff with that still and always,” Gretchen explains. “Um, we’re trying to have a baby that’s very expensive especially because he had a vasectomy 15 years ago and we’re having to do IVF. Um, so our money right now is really being focused on these other things. We don’t feel like going and spending $200,000 on a wedding as the most responsible thing do right now. We feel like we’re already married, we don’t feel like having a certificate that says we’re married is gonna show that we love or committed anymore to each other. So that’s just where we stand today. Now if I win the lottery tomorrow or I just have stupid money bleeding out of you know, the backyard on trees, then I might go ‘Ok let’s throw a big wedding.’”
Slade then jumps in and claims he’s ALWAYS had a job but says he couldn’t discuss it for privacy reasons.
“My company is a privacy company, and we do some things with the DOD and the DOJ…It’s something that obviously we didn’t talk about a lot. Uh, we’ve only recently started making this technology available to the private sector. Before that, it was just government contracts. So not something that I talk about a lot. Um, and on the show, you know, their whole story is, ‘oh, he doesn’t have a job. Like, he, he’s not really working.’ And, and so we’re in, in line, uh, getting on a flight somewhere, 300 and some passengers, and some woman is very excited because she’s a fan of the show, and she wants to come up and take pictures, and so we take pictures, and she’s very nice, and she wants to call her husband and she can’t wait to tell him that, you know, she had a chance to meet us. So she calls the husband, and she’s on speakerphone, and she’s standing in line with all these people. And she’s like, ‘oh, it’s so great. You know, I got to meet Gretchen and Slade, and they were so nice.’ And on the speakerphone you hear him go, ‘oh, does that douchebag have a job yet?’…It just kinda shows you how damaging that the perception that the network wants to put out there about you for their story when people really don’t know the truth.”
Gretchen says that Bravo not only manipulated their reality with Slade’s job but also with his child support payments.
In fact, Gretchen says Bravo distorted her and Slade’s reality so much that it forced them to leave RHOC.
‘There was this entity that he was not able to discuss at the time. And so it’s something that we got so frustrated about because, you know, if the network ever paid Slade for an appearance, the money would go directly to Grayson’s [Slade’s son with brain cancer], uh, charity, and they knew it, because we’ve had them pay the foundation and they would still allow the women to say he’s a deadbeat dad, doesn’t take care of his son,” Gretchen explained. “So it’s stuff like that that was really difficult on us, and it’s part of the reason that we honestly left because they just manipulated our reality so poorly…I literally catch him [Slade] in the bathroom in the middle of the night bawling his eyes out because of the situation with his son, and I see how actively involved he is with his son and, and the issues that he’s going through and you have people literally in, in 144 countries watching this show that are going, ‘you’re a deadbeat piece of shit dad,’ it’s horrific.”
I have so many issues with Gretchen and Slade’s claims, first, if Slade always had this job why wouldn’t he say I have a job with the government, and it can’t be discussed any further than that. Plain and simple, dude. As for the child support issue if Slade was really paying it then why not bring the receipts to prove it. Gretchen could bring email proof she was offered acting jobs and the Fox 5 news job but can’t locate evidence that Slade’s paid his child support? Now I was never a Gretchen and Slade hater but I think if these rumors were lies they could have done a better job of clearing their names.
Thoughts on Gretchen and Slade’s interview? Why do you think Gretchen and Slade haven’t tied the knot yet? Do you think Bravo manipulated Gretchen and Slade’s reality? Do you believe Slade’s always had a job and just couldn’t talk about it? Was Slade a deadbeat dad? Would Slade and Gretchen come back to RHOC if Bravo asked them?
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