RHOC star Gretchen Rossi has been dating serial dater Slade Smiley for quite a while and despite all the negativity that has come their way, the two seem to really love each other. Not only is Slade known for being a serial dater but he’s been accused of being a deadbeat dad by several of Gretchen’s co-stars.
Slade opens up to Wetpaint and explains he isn’t a deadbeat dad! “The most disheartening was obviously the whole ‘deadbeat dad’ accusation. That was the hardest on me, because I had full-custody of my kids, and I fought for full custody of my son. So to have his medical condition brought into this and have people assume that I was a deadbeat dad all of a sudden, that was the most difficult.”
Slade added, “My biggest issue with all of that is, all I did was file for reduction of support. I was ordered to pay almost $4,000 a month, which means the first $8,000 I make, half goes to taxes, half goes to support. So I’d have to be making 20 to 30 grand a month to keep up with that type of order. And I just don’t have that type of job anymore.”
Slade says the comments have affected his toll on his company, “It affected my ability to earn for my son. A lot of my contracts, they got cancelled. So by those girls, using me as content, and making those accusations, they literally hurt my ability to earn for my son. If they were so concerned about him, why would you make such public accusations? If you want to help, do a charity event. Come and ask me what the truth really is. How can we all work together to help him and kids like him?… Don’t accuse me of being a deadbeat just because my income has changed.”
Slade now has his own radio show and hopes people will watch! “I’m hoping that the radio show and as you go on and continue to watch, you’ll start to see more about who I really am, not just those 8 minutes that Bravo’s editing into each episode of their TV series.”
Do you think Slade is a deadbeat dad?