ORANGE COUNTY (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Are Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley marrying? Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley are still together when Real Housewives of Orange County season 7 premieres tonight. But for Gretchen and Slade, their lives have undergone far less dramatic changes than when we last saw them on the reunion show for season six. Bravo has teased viewers that Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley will possibly get married this season. But from the giggle laugh to her music career, Gretchen returns to RHOC tonight, expanding her brand but not yet her family.
The biggest change for Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley this season will be Gretchen’s relationship with Tamra Barney. Last season, LALATE was critical of Bravo trying to evoke a faux feud between her and former enemy Tamra. Instead, beyond a trivial evil eye scene, the two never got at it, until the reunion show.
Throughout season six, producers found few tensions between Gretchen and Tamra, instead having to use ancillary storylines to default to in later episodes. But this season, Gretchen and Tamra are back together trying to be friends once again. That creates a tension for Alexis Bellino, who remains friends of Rossi but not of Tamra.
Last season on Orange County, producers tried to start the season with its core storyline â€“ the renewed Tamra vs. Gretchen feud. But by mid season, the feud got no coverage, the two never interacted on cameras, the references to one another became nominal. Suddenly hideously boring subplots like Alexis Bellinoâ€™s fashion line and the romancing of Tamra Barney by Eddie Judge became dominant storylines.
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But are Gretchen and Tamra … unbreakable? As reportedly exclusively on LALATE before, Gretchen is launching her latest single this season as well. The song Unbreakable will debut during the 2012 season. As detailed exclusively on LALATE, Rossi has teamed with Jean-Yves; in 2004 he was nominated at the Latin Grammys for Producer of The Year. His credits have included work with Carlos Santana, Tupac Shakur
Rossi this season inks closer to marrying Slade. But how does her relationship with Tamra impact her love life with Slade? Tamra was back calling Slade a deadbeat dad on last season’s finale. Even before the finale, Slade told news that Tamra allegedly had attempted to contact Graysonâ€™s mother. â€śI am still very confused as to why Tamra thinks any of this is her business, and we find it very creepy she would reach out and have a conversation with someone she has never met.â€ť
Gretchen last season said the trouble in Sladeâ€™s life is impacting her decision to marry Slade. â€śI feel like, until that is handled, we canâ€™t move on. I donâ€™t know what to doâ€¦ I feel like I have been dealt a pretty hard hand.â€ť
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Vicki Gunvalson last season as well said â€śWhat are these job interviews Slade is going on? All he is doing is working for Gretchen….Slade didnâ€™t show up the same day the press about the child support. What a coincidence. â€ť
With a new pink line of handbags, a new single being released, and a Las Vegas appearance, Rossi has a lot on her plate this season. But marriage may still be on the back burner.