Gretchen Rossi

Gretchen talks about her music debut, her latest buisness ventures, and more!

on Feb 17, 20100

Hi Everyone!

So many of you have been sending me e-mails asking why I haven't been blogging, so I am finally back! Sorry I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, but I have had so many exciting things going on and in all honesty sometimes going to the blogs to talk about the past week’s episode is very draining. All the drama between the women on the show wears me out! So this week I am going to write a little differently. I want the fans of the show to get to know me personally a little better. Sometimes I forget that people only know the “reality TV” Gretchen and not all of my other layers. Remember the show only shows about 12 to 20 minutes of our lives each week, so in that short of time you truly can’t get to know someone and grasp all they have going on.

I have so many positive things going on in my life and I don’t want anything negative in my life right now, therefore I will only touch a little on what has been going on with the show these past few episodes. I've dealt with enough negativity and loss (like losing Jeff) to last me a lifetime. So I know your question is, “Why the heck would she do a reality show then?" ...right? Well I don’t know if many of you know this, but Jeff was the one who convinced me to do the show. I had a couple of other people offering me roles on shows and I turned them down for many reasons at the time. When this third opportunity came knocking at my door Jeff finally said to me, “Honey, I think the universe is trying to tell you something about doing a show.” So ultimately he is one that convinced me to do the show.

Jeff was an amazing business man and I think that was the initial attraction between us. I was a self-sufficient woman and was not impressed with his money or lifestyle, because I had already created it for myself through my real estate business. I always believed I could do it on my own because I had been doing it for most of my life. My father and mother were inspiring role models and taught me to work hard for the lifestyle I wanted. They taught me about work ethic, and how it would take diligence, dedication to your craft, and a strong skill set to become successful. I am so grateful to God for blessing me with such intelligent and amazing parents. They truly are my heroes and my best friends. On Friday and Saturday nights I don’t like to go out on the town; I'd rather be at my parents' house having dinner and talking business or life issues over a glass of wine. Wow - how things have changed since I was younger!

 

702 comments
vickie espinosa
vickie espinosa

Loved the coral top and large crystal necklace you wore when surprising your mom for her anniversary. Where did you get them?

Shaneece in G-ville
Shaneece in G-ville

Hi Gretchen,

You may not get to read this, but I truly appreciate you for writing this blog. I can sympathize with the fact that the show doesn't give viewers the full light on you as a person. But I will say that so far, with all the crazy drama seen on the RHOOC series, you've been a breath of fresh air.

I am happy to see that you're not among the list of Housewives that are bankrupt, dealing with foreclosure, and divorce. It amazes me how all these women within the Real Housewives saga have gone through such turmoil at our own expense. Of course, I along with many others do not agree with your choice of Slade as your boyfriend. I didn't even realize that he was involved with Lauri after Jo. I wish you all happiness and success, but beware of that guy!

Luvcattzz
Luvcattzz

Gretchen you are truly my favorite housewife, period, you are great, sweet, down-to-earth and beautiful on the inside. However, I don't think so much of Slade, he comes off as a major snake. And I know I don't know the intricacies of the relationship, but wouldn't you prefer a man's man? Not some guy who is like some other chick? That guy is such a yenta, me, I like the strong and silent type, if I wanted to date another girl, I would switch teams.

fastpitchkk
fastpitchkk

Gretchen, you are such a beautiful and strong woman. Of all characters on the show you are amazing. Even thought we don't see everything about you and the show is made for drama and publicity, I think it is easy to see what kind of person each of you are. Not a single time in the whole history of the show have you been fake, mean, cruel or morally wrong in judgment. You are an amazing woman and people are jealous of you and your lifestyle and your spunk for life. I don't know if you read any of these comments, but you are an amazing woman, one whom I would love to have in my company anytime anywhere. You are truly an inspirational person, love love love how you make your own decisions and don't let anybody tell you what or how to do something. Good luck with all of your future endeavors.

lianna
lianna

Gretchen's father has been around a long time, and knows a dog when he sees one, he's subtly giving Slade the old 'Dont try and pull the wool over my eyes'. Gretchen is a highly sophisticated lady, and wayyy to good for that dog Slade. You go Gretchen, your fabulous .. x

lianna
lianna

Gretchen, i have never seen such a glamorous woman, every single thing that you wear, i absolutely love. Never before has that happened, your taste is amazing (although your taste in men has a lot to be desired), sorry about that, just being truthful. You go girl, you are AMAZING .... X

explanation
explanation

Well, since you've only watched a few then you wouldn't know who Slade was and why her parents would be rude to him. He's bad news and a lot of people think he's using Gretchen to be on the show because he used to date another housewife who left the show and supposedly had an affair with another and so on. Plus, he supposedly doesn't work. Gretchen is awesome and her fiance died of cancer recently so she's had it rough and doesn't deserve any pain that might come to her. Even as a viewer I hate Slade. If I was her father, I can't imagine what I might say to him! I hope this helps!

lolowright
lolowright

Hello Gretchen, I really like you on housewives. I think that you are beautiful. I hope everything works out for you-- with Slade or whomever.. I was very sorry to hear about Jeff- also I was saddened of the heartbreak that you dealt with as far as people not believing your relationship was genuine. I for one, thought that you were very attentive and caring for him, and he seemed very happy. Your song was beautiful... Good Luck--- I'll be watching...

cjp
cjp

I have only watched a few episodes of this show recently but did see the segment when Gretchen and Slade spent time with Gretchen's parents. I was amazed how rude Gretchen's dad, Scott, was to Slade. His comment about "stepping on some Slade" when he really meant dog crap was so disrespectful. I doubt many other viewers found this funny. Gretchen, stick up for your man and tell your parents to behave themselves. If your parents truly respect you, they will show respect to the man you love.

dana from canada
dana from canada

Gretchen, I love you!! I can't wait to see the new season. I hope life is treating u well...you deserve it!! love, love, love u!!! Dana

lady lisa
lady lisa

I believe that Gretchen is an amazing woman, however, I do not feel that Slade is good enough for her. I believe there is someone out there who would be better suited for her. Let's remember that she is not the first "housewife" he has dated, and I believe he is one of those men who would use her to benefit his own agenda. Stay wonderful Gretchen, but keep your checkbook to yourself.

DBRAZIL.COM.BR
DBRAZIL.COM.BR

Gretchennnnnnnnnnn

I just want to tell you that you are the best housewives and the way you take care of Slade is so beautiful. We from brazil love you and hope you marry Slade. Take care and we believe in you and dont be afraid.

Barb from Michigan
Barb from Michigan

I totally agree. Slade does not even have a job or if he does it sure does not appear that he works on the show. Listen to your mother she is seeing something that your not. Dump the free loader before it's to late.

TaniaHM
TaniaHM

Gretchen, I have only been watching the show for a short while and I want to tell you that you inspire me. Not only are you beautiful, but you know who you are and you make no apologies for that. You have a warm heart and an old soul. My father has just been diagnosed with Esophogial Cancer and I am struggling with how I am trying to deal with it. I watch how you overcame your sorrow when Jeff passed and it inspires me to stay positive for myself and my Dad. Thank you! Stay true to you and to heck with the rest of them!

Sabrina33
Sabrina33

Gretchen,

You ROCK!!!! Those other ladies are jealous and haters... You are so cool and have it going on.. Keep being YOU!!!

Love your bitch,

Sabrina33

Emily :)
Emily :)

Hi Gretchen.

Im 13, and i watching your show ever night, and i was just wondering when the new season is starting, need to know. :p

Thanks

Monica Moreno
Monica Moreno

I love that you keep it REAL!

I have always liked you from the begining! I am a single mother of two wonderful girls here in Dallas, Texas home of America's Team Dallas Cowboys! I have always been fair when it comes to saying anything about people and I treat everyone with respect....but like you I have HATERS! For no reason at all, but at he sametime my gloves do come off when people put thier nose where it doesn't belong and where it could come between the the only things that mattertto me and that is Cecilia and Mia(my girls). People don't understand that words do hurt! I know that they say who cares what they say...but it's hard to be nice and times and I see you handle things real! Thank You for being RESPECTFUL despite of what they say about you! Last thing...I want to sell your make-up! Help me help you become sucessful and show the rest of the HATERS you are what you are "GREAT"

Renee Allard
Renee Allard

Hi Gretchen, I just wanted to let you know that I think you are a very smart woman & very wise too for someone that is way younger than that of myself even! Thank you for sharing your life with your fans. I hope to be as passionate of a person as you within my lifestyle & career one day. I am trying my hardest to be a filling the roles of parent, wife, sister, daughter, & caregiver to my son's grandmother. Sometimes I just want to throw in the towel & not look back. Reading this blog today (as I have written a few myself & I am trying to write a book) has given me more courage to do what I love and that is write! Thanks again Gretchen! You're very appreciated from afar!

Dawn Law
Dawn Law

Hey Gretchen, Just wanted to say I think you are absolutely beautiful! I love your " what you see is what you get" attitude! I think you get picked on and attacked around every corner by the other house wive's and many others because they are simply jealous and threatened by not only your beauty but your brains..yes I said it"BRAINS." I must say that I am very proud and pleased by the way you handled yourself in every situation this season...Good, Bad or Ugly! I am angered and sadened that people still are so insecure with themselves that they feel the only way to make their pathetic life of any interest is to bash and belittle others. But not you Gretchen...they have'nt been able to break you GF! You keep on keepin on and stay the beautiful person you are , inside and out! Hello to Slade...who I know loves YOU and only YOU!! Love always Dawn..Middletown,CT. your biggest supporter and fan..:)

cate1
cate1

Where is season 6? love watching u girls - i love the reality of it....please do more seasons!

Jesus from LA
Jesus from LA

I love you on the show, you bring such good energy to the show. I doesn't matter what they say, the type of comments people say. Just be you, and do you everyday. Take care, from your #1 gay fan.

bella2010
bella2010

Hey Gretchen, Do us all a favor, don't listen to all the bull and stay true to who you are. You are the highlight of the show. You make me laugh and if I had a friend like you I would feel very blessed. I hope all the housewives learn to see what we see. What some of them are forgetting is that you are human. What you went through when Jeff passed was so tragic and sometimes we do crazy things when we go through something like that....SO WHAT!!!! Get over it Tamara and Vicki. You are human. Remember that your fans love you for who you are.

Little miss Katrina
Little miss Katrina

Hi Gretchen,

I think you are a wonderful person. I know that many times people on the show try and make you look like that bad person but once you look and learn a bit about who you really are, people start to learn tht you are a true and genuine person. I really so admire that you have the enterperual sense about yourself and you dont follow a man with money.

You always seem to be positive on the show and that is a great trate to have. So like many of your bloggers have said, dont allow negative people to put you down, keep you head up because everything happens fpr a reason.

mads mum
mads mum

Gretchen you are my fave! You should definitely have your own show!

VancouverGal
VancouverGal

Gretchen, your the future of the show!!

I love you, cause well I guess you remind me of me! HA :P Ok, first off, I don't think I need to tell you this, but don't ever change. Your energy, kooky fun spirit is awesome. Your smart, fun and exciting. The other women on the show are old, and bitter, you are the future of the show. I just want to see the old spirit of the show back, no more catty stupidness! Its classless crap like that that makes me turn the channel. I want to see the OC lifestyle, not women acting like high school teenagers.

My god girl.. YOUR BODY rocks! Seriously, I think you have a perfect body. I want to see what you do to work out, I want to see a work out clothing line designed by you, I would totally buy it! That would be awesome, cause I'm sure you would have hot, cute, functional stuff. And you have perfect hair.

Stay real, VancouverGal

Krystal LM Roberts
Krystal LM Roberts

Gretchen , Not 100% sure if u have time to read all of these comments with your crazy life , but i think u are a truly amazing and classy woman , i would say stand up for yourself a bit more , it is unfair for you to put up with so much drama and you still sit there with a smile on your face and just take it , dont keep it bottled up hunni , let it out , I hope you and Tamra work your stuff out and Vicki keeps her nose out of stuff someday , it seems to me that they are dwelling on your pain , not fair to you , Im Sorry for what happend to Jeff , My Dad is actually really sick right now to so i understand a little , Always a fan , Krystal Ps.My Husband hates the show but my 2 yr old daughter and i never miss an episode!

Charletta Faye Coleman
Charletta Faye Coleman

I love you so much Gretchen. You are a true classy lady and from the looks of it, I know your parents have a real hand in your ethics. To hell with all the negative press they thought they try to sabotage you with, when you are a confident woman and secure with who you are and true to it, all that wickedness surpass. When you and Jeff was together for Nascar and you went on the carriage ride together, I could see how much you love and adore him. And he loved you too. I know I don't know you or him. But I am glad you were in his life. He seemed like a good man and you truly made him happy, I also saw how his children respected you as well. So keep doing what you doing and may you be bless in your endeavors.

Housewife Fan
Housewife Fan

I love your song!

You are sweet. Keep it real!

katiebelle
katiebelle

Gretchen- you are by far my fave housewife of all the seasons. you are down to earth, stunning and relatable. let the haters hate...they are jealous of your charm and beauty.

KennethK
KennethK

Gretchen, May your dreams come true. Loved watching you, your truely a gorgeous and fun loving gal. In spite of my bit of jealously of someone else dating you, I wish you a happy life ahead. No one is perfect, forgiving and learning how be become better person is the lessons of life. Even if we committed the wrong or was wronged, which we all have done. Dont rush into this relationship and listen to your friends and parents advice. Time will test what questions they and you have. Your a neat gal, and keep your head up gorgeous! take care Ken

Mountain state veiwer
Mountain state veiwer

Its been a pleasure watching the show and you. Your beaufy and fun, loving spirit is amazing to watch. Miss seeing your gorgeous face and I sure its nice to feel free for the time being off the scene. I wish you the best of life and even though I sometimes catch myself dreaming of bumping into you, you added so much to the show. Keep your head up sexy! Thanks for being there.

Ken

nancyy
nancyy

Gretchen,

You are not only adorable, beautiful, fun and funny..but you seem so original as well! There were a few episodes during the season where you perhaps you were considering getting a breast enhancment but I am so glad you stayed "natural". One's breast size does not define them and you have shown that true beauty is within. Keep it goin girl!

JSMITH21376
JSMITH21376

DONT LET THE OTHER HOUSE WIFES BRING YOU DOWN.YOU ARE YOUNG AND HAVE A MAN THAT LOVES YOU AND UNDERSTANDS YOU.YOU NEED TO STAND UP TO VICKIE AND THE OTHER HOUSE WIFES.DONT LET THEM WALK ALL OVER YOU.IF YOU ARE HAPPY WITH SLADE THEN BE HAPPY AND JUST LOVE EACH OTHER THE BEST YOU GUYS CAN.JUST KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND STAND TALL.I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST.

Florida Viewer
Florida Viewer

Gretchen, if OC is being renewed for a new season, I sure hope it shows that you mature. You seem so immature and silly.

jami floyd
jami floyd

HI, I live in KY and was wondering about your make-up partner RON ANN I do believe I know her will she be on in the future??

kalia
kalia

hey gretchen im 15 yrs old and i love watching the show you are the best housewive i think tamara and vicki are just jealous of you are your fatastisc life.you and slade should totally get married.stay beautiful see you next season!!!!!

Tammy, Cincinnati, OH
Tammy, Cincinnati, OH

Gretchen, out all of the housewives across the board you are one of my favorites. I look forward to this coming season. I am watching some reruns and decided to write you. My first time doing it.

Best wishes for this coming season.

baby101
baby101

Gretchen, I cannot believe that you are so naive and not see that Slade is a free loader. You are a beautiful lady and has a lot of things going but before you can reach your true potential you need to dump Slade. A free loader is always a free loader and he is not the one for you.

Krys
Krys

Girl, you're awesome. You kill me! lol I love waiting for your comments after a housewife fight. I love that you never lose sight of who you are and how youre capable of acknowledging your faults, and standing firm on your beliefs. Stay awesome!

Viewer321
Viewer321

Gretchen, why did you first say you had a degree in psychology then change it to sociology during part one of the reunion show? which is it, or do you not have either?

Dana Rae
Dana Rae

Gretchen, Tell Vicki and Tamara to kiss your butt.

michelegokey1967
michelegokey1967

Hey Gretchen

Everyone seems to judge you. Hey I totally get that all the time. I was feeling pretty proud of myself when you came to Orange County. You were with your man Jeff and people around you were making remarks about the age of your man compare to yourself. I totally get it. I dated a man for over 15 years and let me tell you something. I never worried about what others thought and IF they were my friends well you know. I just didn't go to visit with them. My parents were totally against it from the start. I loved him totally and gave him everything he wanted.

Kyla
Kyla

Gretchen,

You are the most honest and REAL housewife. The word "Real" in the title is completely false when it comes to the OC girls. I'm in high school and trust me, girls like you are rare. I wish every woman was as confident and true to themselves as you are. At the reunion when you told the other women that they should support you in your relationship and you might wake up one morning and they could be right showed how much strength you have and how you live in reality! I am so happy that a woman like you is on the show, THEY NEED IT! You're beautiful, smart and admirable! I believe in your relationship as well!

Love, Kyla!

Sheri10
Sheri10

Gretchen I think you are a wonderful person and I am so very sorry for your loss. My dear father passed away from cancer and until someone you love dies of cancer noone can judge. I think you handled it very well. I felt your pain and want people to know it is OK to go our and have fun once in a while while going through something so difficult. I know Jeff loved you and he wants you to be happy. I hope you continue to stand up for yourself when it comes to that bitch Tamra, she is simply jealous of you and it is no wonder Simon left her she has no class. You can do anything you put your mind to girlfriend, good luck to you sweety.

sandra brady williams
sandra brady williams

Gretchen, You don't owe Vickie an apology.Watch both reunion shows. Watch especially the triumphal smirk on her face when "Trampy Tamara" is putting her down. It's high time she got hers

Doll Smith
Doll Smith

I Love the Orange County Housewives and Gretchen is my favourite, I would be super excited if the housewives came to North Vancouver Island In British Columbia, Canada to visit and see how us Native West Coast Housewives live. Love you all and please don't tell me that the OC housewives is no longer airing, that would suck, Oh AND PLEASE PLEASE ONE OF YOU SEND ME SOME OF THAT "OC ENERGY" I'D LOVE TO TRY THAT DRINK!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE JEANNA LOVE GRETCHEN LOVE OC...

GeminiZez
GeminiZez

You have been and always will be my favorite House Wife.

navygirl_austin
navygirl_austin

Gretchen,

I love how positive you are. It does comes through on the show. I didn't really know about your other businesses. And you're right about the negativity and childishness of some of the other women. That's probably why I stopped watching the show awhile ago. But as much of a good business person and a smart woman that you seem to be, I can't for the life of me figure out what you are doing with Slade. I really don't get that guy at all. He seems to be a control freak. It was extremely evident when he was with Jo. And he also seems to be a media whore. Because even after Jo left the show, he managed to sleep his way back into it. It seems to me that he needs you much more than any of you need him. And as much fun as you might be having with him, his actions come across extremely shady. I only hope that you are not being sucked into his BS. He seemed to be a giant child that pouts if he doesn't get his way. You really have to ask yourself why his relationships haven't worked so far. It just seems to me that he's an opportunist that preys on women to be used as trophies. Like you said, we only get to see a small part of it. But if the audience can still see how good you are through all that BS, then why can't we (or I) see any genuine goodness in Slade? If the guy can't get over being a jerk for 20 minutes out of the day, then maybe that's saying something about him. He seems like a user, and a loser. You can do better, girl! Please, whatever you do, don't settle down with this guy. I can see him taking you for your money, or worse, trying to control you and what you do by offering to be your manager or some BS like that. I just think the guy is bad news, and I'd be happy to see him off the show permanently. Whatever happens, I do sincerely wish you luck. You've been through a lot, and you deserve the success you receive b/c you've worked hard for it.