Gretchen Rossi was unceremoniously fired from Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” last fall, but that hasn’t stopped the reality star from living her life in the spotlight.
While Rossi, 35, was noticeably absent from the “Real Housewives” Season 9 premiere in April, viewers can now keep up with the purse designer/singer and her fiancé, Slade Smiley, 44, on WE-TV’s reality series “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” (Fridays at 9 p.m. EDT). The series, which customarily follows unknown couples battling their romance woes, is changing up the dynamic this season. Yet in addition to adding Rossi and her beau to the mix, it's also bringing in other reality stars including “Jersey Shore” lead Jenni “JWOWW” Farley and “The Bachelorette” star Trista Sutter.
“If we don’t start moving forward in this relationship, I’m going to have to walk away,” Rossi revealed on the program’s Season 3 promo. “Gretchen is very controlling in our relationship and I feel like that is suffocating our future,” Smiley said, who also confirmed that the pair agreed to film the series in an effort to figure out their “existing conflicts” and “move forward” with their relationship.
While their starring role in the WE-TV series is the duo’s most recent claim to fame, Rossi and Smiley are also reportedly working on getting their own show.
“Well, actually we have already been offered [a show],” Rossi recently confirmed to TooFab, adding that she has trepidation about starring on a program sans co-stars. “It's a big decision to make and it's a hard thing to carry your own show. We know people want to see the wedding, but I just don't want our special day to be wrecked. … I just don't need Slade to be portrayed as a d-bag on the day of our wedding because that's not who he is. 'Housewives' loved to do that.”
Despite the duo’s upcoming wedding may be a lead storyline in their potential, future show, the TV star admits she has another venture on her mind: becoming a first-time mom. While Rossi isn't currently sporting a baby bump, the reality star revealed she is taking the appropriate measures in order to give Smiley’s 12-year-old son, Grayson, a sibling. “Babies have been on the brain for a while for me,” Rossi said. “We’re working with an amazing fertility doctor. We are just really excited about the process, even though it is hard because doing in-vitro [fertilization] is never easy. But everything is moving forward.”