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RHOC Vet Slade Smiley on Sacrificing for His Sick Son: 'I Am Happy to Be in Debt as Long as Grayson Gets to Stay Here with Us'

RHOC Vet Slade Smiley Talks Making Sacrifices, Falling into Debt for His Sick Son

Originally posted 09/12/2016 07:05PM

Slade Smiley is doing everything he can to make sure that his 16-year-old son Grayson receives the medical care necessary to fight his aggressive brain cancer.

Throughout his time on The Real Housewives of Orange County, audiences watched 42-year-old Smiley accrue debt while caring for his ill son. Though he is in the process of paying down his debts, both Smiley and his fiancée Gretchen Rossi are not allowing monetary worries to dictate their happiness.

"I am happy to be in debt as long as Grayson gets to stay here with us," Smiley exclusively tells PEOPLE.

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Real Housewives of Orange County Alum Gretchen Rossi on Her Determination to Have Children

Originally posted 09/02/2016 12:00PM

Since audiences last saw her on season 8 of The Real Housewives of Orange County , Gretchen Rossi and her fiancé Slade Smiley have been "full-steam ahead on trying to start a family" of their own.

The Gretchen Christine designer exclusively tells PEOPLE that the road to pregnancy has not been easy for her and Smiley,42, who underwent a vasectomy reversal in December for Rossi's 37th birthday.

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Why Gretchen Rossi Is Still Hitting Pause on Her Fairy Tale Wedding – 3 Years After an Over-the-Top RHOC Proposal

Originally posted 09/01/2016 04:55PM

In April 2013, Real Housewives of Orange County audiences watched Gretchen Rossi flipped the script and proposed to her longtime boyfriend, Slade Smiley. Fast-forward three years, the happy couple is still engaged and confirms that "technically the wedding planning is in full-force," but they haven't marked a date on the calendar for a variety of personal reasons.

Rossi and Smiley, who will celebrate eight years together in February, plan to have a destination wedding for their big day, but hope to welcome a baby first.

"Really, the thing that ultimately held us back from pulling the trigger is the fact that Slade and I don't do anything really small; we kind of do things over-the-top and a little snazzy. Right now, our focus is really on trying to have a baby of our own, and our money and our stuff is going towards that and towards his son," 37-year-old Rossi exclusively tells PEOPLE. "Until we kind of get some of those things figured out, I think it doesn't feel right to spend $200,000 on a wedding right this minute. I think that's why we're at that place."

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Vicki Gunvalson Has the Support of the Last RHOC Alum You'd Expect | Vicki Gunvalson

Vicki Gunvalson Has the Support of the Last RHOC Alum You'd Expect

Originally posted 08/29/2016 10:20PM

Though season 10 of The Real Housewives of Orange County was filled with the loss of multiple relationships in Vicki Gunvalson's personal life, she gained the support and friendship from someone audiences might have least expected after the cameras stopped rolling.

At the wrap of season 10, audiences watched as the veteran Housewife both defended and said goodbye to her former beau, Brooks Ayers, which resulted in the loss of friendship and trust from her fellow castmates – a feeling that RHOC alum Gretchen Rossi knew all too well.

"It's interesting to see how time away from people kind of helps heal wounds and helps change things," Rossi, 37, exclusively tells PEOPLE.

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All the Details (and Drama) Behind Tamra Barney's Three Wedding Gowns

All the Details (and Drama) Behind Tamra Barney's Three Wedding Gowns

Originally posted 06/17/2013 04:15PM

Get all the details on the star's gorgeous dress (and find out what went wrong on the big day) straight from the designer!

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RHOC's Newbie Lydia McLaughlin: 'You Can't Really Win in This Type of Show'

UpdatePosted 05/20/2013 12:45PM

Lydia McLaughlin on Real Housewives of Orange County Costars: 'Those Women are Intense'

Originally posted 05/20/2013 12:00PM

When Lydia McLaughlin was offered the chance to join the eighth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County she leapt at the chance.

But now, just halfway through her maiden season, she admits that she may have been a bit naïve when she climbed aboard the reality TV ranks.

"It is more difficult than I thought it would be!" she told PEOPLE while attending Corolle's Adopt-a-Doll event in Los Angeles on Saturday.

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Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley Are Engaged After She Proposes

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Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley Are Engaged After She Proposes

Originally posted 04/24/2013 07:00PM

He said yes!

Slade Smiley is engaged to his longtime girlfriend and Real Housewives of Orange County costar, Gretchen Rossi, 34, after she recently proposed, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The popping of the question will be televised on Bravo's hit show.

"They're really happy about getting married," a source tells PEOPLE of the pair. "Gretchen always does everything out of the box, so no one is too surprised she was the one who proposed. She really wants kids with Slade, so that was a big motivator."

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Gretchen Rossi Spotted Wearing Big Rock – But Is She Engaged?

Gretchen Rossi: Is She Wearing an Engagement Ring?

Originally posted 02/15/2013 12:40PM

Slade Smiley hasn't put a ring on it – yet.

The reality TV personality's longtime girlfriend, Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi, was spotted at Heather McDonald's book launch at Hollywood's Emerson Theater on Wednesday night, sporting some bling on her engagement finger.

But apparently Smiley hasn't popped the question.

"The ring was not from Slade," a source tells PEOPLE, while a second source says when asked about the ring at the event, "Slade danced around the question."

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Real Housewives of Orange County Cast Heats Up Hot in Cleveland Set!

Real Housewives of Orange County Cast Heats Up Hot in Cleveland Set!

Originally posted 11/13/2012 06:00AM

Hot in Orange County!

Real Housewives of Orange County Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney and Gretchen Rossi visited the set of Hot in Cleveland on Friday in support of castmate Heather Dubrow's guest role.

Joined by fiancé Eddie Judge, Barney arrived at 5 p.m. with Gunvalson but Rossi and boyfriend Slade Smiley were an hour late.

"The ladies seemed to be having a good time in the audience greeting fans," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "Tamra even got up to dance with a fellow audience member between takes."

And although they may feud on the Bravo reality show, the women couldn't have been more supportive of Dubrow.

"All the girls cheered and clapped for Heather every time she was on set," the source says.

When the taping ended, the Housewives came down to the stage to greet the cast and pose for pictures on set.

"They were overheard saying they were all going to dinner to celebrate Heather's guest role," the source adds.




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Andy Cohen Attacked by a Bird on Real Housewives of Orange County Reunion

Originally posted 06/20/2012 09:50AM



The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion on Bravo featured an appearance by a surprise guest – a bird that flew into the studio.

During the taping earlier this month, Andy Cohen was in the middle of asking Tamra Barney a question about her fiancé, Eddie Judge, and costar Vicki Gunvalson's boyfriend, Brooks Ayers, when the bird grazed by his head, drawing shrieks from the Housewives and prompting a flustered Cohen and some of the women to leap out of their chairs.

"Oh my God," Cohen said, shaking himself off after he had collected himself.

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