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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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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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Real Housewives Shocker! Gretchen & Tamra Make Up! | Gretchen Rossi

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Real Housewives of Orange County Shocker: Gretchen and Tamra Make Up

Originally posted 02/08/2012 12:35PM

Who are these blond women and what have they done with Tamra Barney and Gretchen Rossi?

The Real Housewives of Orange County returned to Bravo Tuesday with the most unexpected of twists: Tamra and Gretchen kiss and make up. Okay, that's a joke – they don't kiss.

"We're trying to bury the hatchet," Gretchen tells her boyfriend Slade, who's totally against any form of reconciliation between the two women, whose hateful feud has fueled the series' recent seasons. "I just want to try and get all the negativity out of my life."

"Things with Gretchen have gotten so bad that it's basically me talking about her, her talking about me and just investing this time to dig up crap on each other's lives and for what?" Tamra explains, as the pair head out to make peace over mojitos, shrimp cocktail and meatballs.

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Meet the New Housewife Coming to Orange County

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The Real Housewives of Orange County Welcomes Heather Dubrow in Season 7

Originally posted 12/19/2011 12:15PM

There's a new Housewife in Orange County – and she's a brunette!

The Real Housewives of Orange County, Bravo's original series in the franchise, returns Feb. 7, and it will feature stay-at-home mom Heather Dubrow, a former actress who is married to a prominent Newport Beach plastic surgeon. (Watch the video below.)

O.C. veterans Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino will also return for the show's seventh season.

According to a press release from Bravo, Vicki is still in the process of divorcing her husband Donn, though that's not stopping her from jumping into a new relationship with her southern boyfriend Brooks.

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Couples Watch: Mark Ballas & Pia Toscano's Sweet Supper in L.A. | Mark Ballas, Pia Toscano

Couples Watch: Mark Ballas & Pia Toscano's Sweet Supper in L.A.

Originally posted 06/20/2011 06:00AM

• Days after stepping out at hotspot Katsuya, Mark Ballas and former American Idol contestant Pia Toscano went out for another sweet dinner – this time at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills. After the meal, the two waited for their car at the valet stand, and though they didn't show too much PDA, Ballas was quick to open the car door for his girlfriend after it was retrieved by the valet.

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Couples Watch: Mark Ballas & Pia Toscano's Sweet Supper in L.A. | Mark Ballas, Pia Toscano

Couples Watch: Mark Ballas & Pia Toscano's Sweet Supper in L.A.

Originally posted 06/20/2011 06:00AM

• Days after stepping out at hotspot Katsuya, Mark Ballas and former American Idol contestant Pia Toscano went out for another sweet dinner – this time at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills. After the meal, the two waited for their car at the valet stand, and though they didn't show too much PDA, Ballas was quick to open the car door for his girlfriend after it was retrieved by the valet.

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Real Housewives of Orange County Reunion Gets Nasty

Originally posted 06/03/2011 08:55AM



"I don't think the way this went down was treated with class or dignity," says Donn, Vicki Gunvalson's estranged husband, of the reunion show for The Real Housewives of Orange County's sixth season.

Indeed!

Between the screaming, the tears and the eye-rolling, there's going to be plenty of insults and accusations – all of which can be seen in a just-released, minute-long trailer for the upcoming episodes.

Tamra Barney, whose troubles with her ex and a new romance have been documented on the show, seems to be at the center of the storm.

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