Slade Smiley’s Ex Says He and Gretchen Rossi Neglected Late Son

Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi.


Referred to as out. Slade Smiley’s ex Michelle Arroyo is alleging that the Actual Housewives of Orange County alum misrepresented his relationship with their late son, Grayson Smiley-Arroyo, after his demise.

Talking to TMZ on Sunday, February 19, Arroyo claimed that Smiley, 49, and his fiancée, Gretchen Rossi — with whom he shares daughter Skylar, 3 — “grossly misrepresented the true nature of their relationship with Grayson, which was nearly nonexistent.”

The grieving mom’s allegations got here after Rossi, 44, posted social media tributes to Grayson, who died earlier this month. He was 22.

“Gretchen has posted video after video, together with on Valentine’s Day, presenting a flagrantly false picture of a loving stepmother to my little one when the fact is she has not made the hassle to nor seen him in over 10 years, which is why he’s 12 years outdated in each image she posts,” Arroyo claimed in a Thursday, February 23, assertion to Individuals, accusing the Bravolebrities of utilizing Grayson’s demise to “capitalize off of a shameless PR marketing campaign to bolster their public picture and garner consideration.”

She continued: “Within the [10] years Gretchen has been engaged to Slade she has solely seen Grey a handful of instances, largely in passing, together with when Grey was hospitalized in New York and she or he insisted that Slade go away him and fly dwelling together with her, which he did, leaving me alone at a time after a surgical procedure once we thought he wouldn’t survive.”

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Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi on the Patrick Ta Magnificence Launch Celebration, April 2019.
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Within the Instagram tribute that first sparked controversy between her and Arroyo, Rossi referred to her fiancé’s late son as “an unbelievable warrior” and “a real beacon of hope.”

The fact TV persona added: “We’re eternally grateful for the various classes discovered from this little man and can miss his stunning spirit immensely.”

Arroyo, for her half, confirmed the information of Grayson’s passing with a social media submit of her personal, sharing particulars of his well being struggles.

“I’m heartbroken to share that my candy Grey handed away Sunday evening. It was very surprising as final week he had CSF drawn from his shunts and so they adjusted the valve setting of his shunt and he was doing significantly better,” she wrote through Instagram earlier this month. “We had been nonetheless struggling together with his diarrhea and I used to be giving him potassium 3 instances a day as a result of it was dropping so low. His coronary heart stopped right here at dwelling and I carried out chest compressions to get it going till the paramedics arrived and took over. When he left for the hospital he appeared good and was respiratory on his personal however his coronary heart gave out once more on the hospital.”

After Grayson’s demise, Arroyo additionally alleged that Smiley hasn’t paid little one help since 2019 and owes $152k in excellent funds. She claimed that the fact TV persona’s conduct in recent times amounted to “inexcusable abuse and neglect.” Us Weekly has reached out to Smiley for remark.

Considered one of Arroyo’s members of the family, Becky Arroyo, seemingly hinted at Smiley’s lack of economic involvement within the description of a GoFundMe web page arrange for Grayson’s memorial providers.

“Together with sudden and everlasting grief comes a considerable monetary price to his mother who has been his sole care supplier and healthcare advocate for over 16 years,” the observe reads, seemingly implying that the actor didn’t help Michelle with medical bills.