At some point, we will see Gretchen Rossi return on this season of The Real Housewives of Orange County. During a recent interview, Rossi and her longtime boyfriend Slade Smiley spoke out about the drama surrounding the show and cleared up rumors from the past.
Gretchen spoke out about the rumors that Tamra Judge’s husband Eddie is gay. “We were filming, there was something that was said about, uh, Eddie at the table. Somebody brought up a situation that they walked into, and I simply asked the question, ‘wow, well do you know if Eddie’s gay or not?’ I asked a question based off of the information that was being given to me,” Gretchen said on The Tomorrow Show. “I wasn’t there to try and call Tamra out or try and call Eddie out. It was nothing like that. And quite frankly, whatever their deal is, is between them. And I, it’s like, if I wanted really to out that, I could have done that a long time ago. It surprised me the story that I heard in that moment because I hadn’t heard that story before, and I was like, ‘wow, like that’s pretty, pretty interesting.’”
Slade added, “The truth is, is that nobody cares whether Eddie is gay, isn’t gay. I think what people care about is that Tamra could potentially be lying about it, and she’s manufacturing, you know, in our opinion, she’s manufacturing a relationship for television.”
“The story that was told to us, it would make any of you sitting here go, ‘wait a minute, so is he gay or is he like; is he intimate? Is he not?’ Like, it would make any of you question that,” Gretchen continued.
Slade went on to criticize Tamra and her new found love for Jesus. “She’s so two-faced and knows how to manipulate everyone, and her policy is ‘lie, lie, lie and eventually everyone will start to believe you’… Everything that we see her do is so pre-meditated: ‘I’m gonna become Christian, who would dare question my religion? Christians are stupid, and they’ll follow me. And if I just tell everyone that I’m Christian, Christian, Christian, eventually they’ll believe me’.”
Rossi explained that she believes Bravo loves the drama going on in Shannon Beador’s marriage. “I think that Shannon has definitely had some issues with her marriage and I think that slowly things keep seeping out and I think that there has been some ‘oops’ moments like the phone call that she made to Vicki about being abused or hit or whatever, by David and I think that these things are slowly kind of seeping out. And she’s trying really hard to keep the lid on it. But I know that the network loves that kind of stuff. Because they’re just like at some point they’re like the lids going to get blown and it’s gonna make such great TV.”
Gretchen says we will only see her for one episode this season. “I did come and film 1 episode for Vicki’s party and– because Vicki and I are legit good friends now. She invited me to her birthday party and I went. But let me just tell you if I was coming back to out Eddie, that would have happened a long time ago.”
So why haven’t Gretchen and Slade gotten married yet? “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. 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 any more 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.’”
In an interesting twist, Slade claims that he had a job the entire time while filming RHOC, but that he couldn’t speak about it because of privacy issues. “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.”
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Thank you to RealityTea for transcribing the interview. You are the best!
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