Slade Smiley is well known for his reoccurring role on the hit Bravo reality show, "The Real Housewives of Orange County." Slade was first introduced to the series back when it first started back in 2007. When Slade Smiley was first introduced to the show he was engaged to Jo De La Rosa. Neither one was a housewife, but apparently he was rich enough and she was the perfect image of a trophy wife that Bravo realized they had hit the jackpot with these two. Slade was so easily whipped by Jo's good looks and appeal and Jo was so obviously into Slade's money that this was the perfect match made in...who knows where.
However Slade and Jo's relationship slowly proved to be very rocky. Jo began thinking that she could actually sing and Slade began to worry that she may actually not want to be with him and instead be with a person closer to her age. For the rest of the second season the viewers watched as Jo and Slade would go back and forth during arguments, makeups and breakups, until finally Jo decided the she was packing her bags and moving to Hollywood to pursue her career as a music artist. I always wondered if Slade was just upset because he would no longer be on television or that his trophy fiance was leaving him? Whatever the real reason, it did not take long for Slade to move on from miss De La Rosa and move over to another housewife.
Slade Smiley finally moved on from Jo De La Rosa and moved onto Lauri Waring, who just so happened to be another "Housewife." They dated briefly, however she was smart and ended up marrying George Peterson a little after that and ended out season three. If it is not obvious to those of you reading this, let me spell it out to you, Slade Smiley is a scumbag. It is beyond obvious that the guy is only dating these women to try to get some face time on the popular Bravo reality show. Well if that situation was not already weird then it is about to get even crazier.
After Lauri got smart and decided to marry someone who actually seemed as though he liked her, Slade Smiley was left alone to be lost and confused. However he was not down long because fame hungry and desperate he and his ex girlfriend Jo decided to do a spin off show called Date My Ex: Jo & Slade. Well if the name of the show was not bad enough the ratings would prove to be much worse. Of course the Jo and Slade show ended up failing terribly.
Flash forward to season five and we would find that who else then Slade Smiley was back on the show and dating Rossi, the newest "Housewife" on the Bravo reality show. Rossi first appeared on "The Real Housewives of Orange County" engaged to Jeff Beizel who was twenty years her senior and was dieing of cancer. He died later a little after season four ended. She would end up turning back up on the season five of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" with Smiley by her side.
The Truth About Smiley
Some people really feel bad for Gretchen Rossi because they are wondering if she has any idea who she is really engaged to. Slade Smiley is nothing but a fake and the worst kind. When people see him on the Housewives show he acts as though everything is doing pretty well but no one knows the real truth.
Slade Smiley began to run into money problems shortly after the end of season two of "Housewives." In March 2008 he ended up having to surrender his beautiful home back to the bank because he could not afford the payments on the home any more. He was fired from his job two months later, more then likely because he never showed up, obviously because he had so much to do with his high profile lifestyle. From that point on he began the horribly failed show Date My Ex: Jo & Slade, which bombed terribly. After the show first started he was served with papers from the IRS telling him that he owed them one hundred and four thousand dollars in unpaid taxes! Slade Smiley would go through wage garnishments leaving him with less then two hundred a week to live on, he would end up getting another job, simply to get fired two months later, he would have bank accounts shut down and borrow money from family till he sucked them dry as well. Slade Smiley would go over a year with no job and ended up somehow talking Gretchen Rossi into allowing him to live with her. He would later have to end up surrendering his car in 2009, he was still falling behind on his payments to the IRS and the icing on the cake...he ended up asking Gretchen's father for his daughters hand in marriage!
No one can say that Slade is not confident, for a guy who is falling apart, he really acts as though he has it all together and he has absolutely no shame. Throughout all of his financial problems, losing jobs, losing cars, homes and respect, he has lost even more by not being able to meet child support as well. Beyond Slade Smiley owing the IRS one hundred and four thousand he also owes his ex-girlfriend a total of $138,850 in unpaid child support for his son Grayson who has a rare form of brain cancer. The deadbeat dad bit is definitely the icing on the cake and the side of ice cream! If people were ever wondering about Mr. Slade Smiley, this is all they would need to know about him to know that they should stay far, far away.