Gretchen Rossi

Gretchen talks about Alexis and Jim's relationship, her confrontation with Tamra, and more.

on Dec 10, 20090

My cast mates and I know all too well that the questions they ask in the interviews sometimes don’t show an entire response. I also would never roll my eyes or make weird looks about anyone saying things in regards to God in their relationship, maybe about some other things, but not about God. I cannot emphasize how much I think having God as a part of your marriage/relationship is important. I know all too well how much it can affect a marriage in a negative way without those roots grounded in Christ.

I was so excited to go to my motorcycle classes this summer, because I really wanted to get on the bike Jeff surprised me with and prove to myself I could do it, and also make Jeff smile in heaven! It was a really long weekend, 10-hour days and it was so dang hot out there, but I learned a lot and was pretty surprised at how good I was on a bike. I grew up riding dirt bikes in the desert so I had a clue, but getting on a 700 pound Harley is a little different. My Dad owns a motorcycle shop called Scotts Performance Products (go visit his site for more info www.scottsonline.com) and he taught me how to ride bikes, but I must say my parents were even a little nervous about the Harley Jeff bought me. My Dad has won the Baja 1000 many times before and that is a huge accomplishment in the motorcycle world, so I think he is the best teacher a girl could have! I loved riding dirt bikes as a kid, but never expected to grow up and be a “Harley Chick!” That day in class was a special accomplishment for me and I know it would have made Jeff proud. I am very competitive when it comes to sports, so I was super excited when I kicked Slade’s butt in the class as well J

I must say Lynne looks amazing after her surgery, but holy smokes the woman is brave! I don’t know if I would of done that! I hope that by trying to do preventative maintenance that I never have to go under the knife ... OMG that looks sooo painful! I’m all about doing what makes you look and feel good, so good on Lynne! I have never had any plastic surgery yet, but I am not against it at all! I rather try to avoid it if I can, but believe me when things start going south I am going to be on that bed just as quick probably. In the meantime I started the Gretchen Project (www.gretchenproject.com) to find the latest and greatest in the industry of cosmetic beauty. We have a sweepstakes coming up this month for the New Year, called “Make me the Gretchen Project” and six lucky winners will get a complete makeover including $4,000 dollars in cosmetic treatments and an exclusive package from my new make-up line “Gretchen Christine Beaute” So be sure to join the contest!

 

200 comments
Jacqulyn Gonzalez
Jacqulyn Gonzalez

Gretchen, I love you!!! U are my favorite OC housewife. I didn't like it much before U came to the show because the other RH seemed sooo superficial and a bit too snobby. U are a class act. U are real. Keep your head up and don't let those bitches get you down! I will be buying your cosmetics and hand bags!!!!

Lisa M Simpson
Lisa M Simpson

I personally miss all the girls...get this i was such a faithful viewer and had no idea thiis was the last season...i keep watchin and hoping for any updates on them and possibly a comeback from the oc girls. If no comeback, then how are they doing now...miss ya girls

Donna OllikkalaViewer
Donna OllikkalaViewer

Gretchen, you and Alexis are so real. I see that you both have courage and are not victims. You and Alexis have genuine beauty. Your beauty radiates from within, and is real apparent. You both bravely face your truth,and do not behave differently with different people, as do most of the other housewives. Their low self-esteem is glaringly apparent, as they all pretend, or assume the hat of denial and being victims. The most glaring one being Vicky with Tamara being almost neck in neck. Vicky can dish out her opinion about everyone else on the show, but they better not confront her with any truth in regards to her actions and behavior.... she turns on the denial and becomes the poor little victim. Tamara manipulates and changes her truth depending on who shes with. Her phoniness ruins any outer beauty she has on the outside. I wonder when she will get out of the junior high attitude. They can try fixing up their outside's but it is a waste of a time, until they work on their insides. You and Alexis are the real beauties, as you both possess the heart and soul of authentic beauty. Bless you both!!! As always, Oh!!!!!!

Jorgine
Jorgine

You and I have a similar ed. background and makeup artist thing. Did you know that your makeup venture is an excellent idea. Market it to professional makeup artists and get their feedback. Then release the product to the general public through QVC and/or Sephora.

Do not expect pressured parents to love you for intervening with their child. You did the right thing. Just know that. All the best.

Nikalina777
Nikalina777

Grethen, you are such an inspiration. I can only hope to aspire to be like you. I never liked Real Housewives. One day, after having my baby girl, nothing was on. I caught an episode and thought " how ridiculous". After watching the whole episode, I was hooked. I watch only because of you and Alexis. You two are great women that I admire. You aren't catty and nasty.

Sadly, I swore I would never be a fan of a reality series. * hangs head at my own hypocrisy*. I think you are AWESOME. I am also excited to try your beauty line. I am making my first purchase today for 2 reasons. One, I want you to succeed and two, you are a real person, not just a name brand.

Keep being you.

Nichole from Michigan

Allie12345
Allie12345

Tamra and Vikki are honestly so jellous of you they can barely BREATHE!! You go girl. No matter how hard they have tried to sabotage you, you have handled it with dignity and class all they way...keep it up! Your young, have fun, and those 2 should be embarrased of how obvious they're jellousy is of you!

Love the show!

Maddie
Maddie

Hi Gretchen! I am in love with the show and you are by far the funniest and most stylish housewife. I watched the Palm Springs episode, and fell in love with you blue and white one piece bathing suit (if you want to call it that) where on earth did you get it? or what brand is it? Because I have been looking for a bathing suit like that forever, and I'm in love with it!

Vivien
Vivien

Hi Gretchen! Like you, I will be launching my business at the Northwest Women's Show in Seattle next weekend! I really appreciated the episode where you launched your makeup line at the Premier Women's Expo. It is giving me inspiration to face whatever may happen next weekend... Would you ever consider bringing your makeup to Seattle (too late for this year) perhaps next year? The NW Women's Show would be so graced by your presence and I am sure your products would WOW the women in Seattle!

Vanes
Vanes

You are great on the show. I just have one questions. In the last episode when you were in palm springs with your parents you bathing suit was great. Who was the designer? I loved it!!

Elena
Elena

Hi Gretchen. You are my favorite housewife on the show. You are down to earth and like to have fun. I was wondering who makes or where you got the blue and white bathing soon on the beginning of the show. I am in love with it. Please tell me!! Elena

Tricia Wheeler
Tricia Wheeler

I think you're pretty cool, Gretchen. I understand how the show cuts and clips to make you seem different but what I see is a lady who has a wonderful smile, laugh, and strength about her. Nobody has a perfect life, and it's not always fun, but you bring a smile to my face whenever I hear you laugh. I think your love who passed away... I think he'll always be with you, Gretchen. I too was in love with a man whom was 20 years my senior and he also died (from cancer) but he is with me still. I have since fallen in love again after 5 years.. but time DOES NOT matter. I hope you are truly loved for who you are.. always stay you. You're a good girl. :) xo

sANDY dUBIN
sANDY dUBIN

You are my favorite also, Gretchen. You are gorgeous inside and out and you don't judge others, something I don't like in some of the other women. You have a "nicer" way about you. Others are too much of a budinsky! Love you!

Katy Jewett
Katy Jewett

Gretchennn! I absolutly love you on this showw! I watch Housewives of o.c all the timee! Your attitude is always upliftingg! I love your personalitly it's funn, bubbly, and clearly you just want to have fun! I think you are the most natural house wife there is out there! You are gorgeouss, you would be an amazing mom! your pretty, fit and you have a great choice in clothes, you are so funny, even if i see one episode more than once i will still laugh about some of the things you say! I love how you act in the class when you and Slade have to take lessons for the motorcycle courses, you crackk me up girl! Always be yourself, don't change for anythingg!

Katy Jewett (:

Milwaukee Mom
Milwaukee Mom

If you want one "rule to live by" it should be...If you really want to help someone, don't give advice when not asked. You're my favorite housewife, Gretchen, but I do believe that even with your best intentions that you did cross boundaries into unwelcomed territory. There are some places you don't go even with the best of friends and that is one of them.

Ashleyfromnorthcarolina
Ashleyfromnorthcarolina

Gretchen, You are my favorite. You are the most normal girl on the show. The things that the other ladies say about you, are the very things that i like most about you. You are outgoing, speak your mind, and you have no children. As a young 28 year old girl, i can relate to you the most...love you !

Gil
Gil

hello G, i really hope you do well on your business venture...it's alos none of anyone's business what you do in your personal life with whomever you share you life with...there all jealous of your beauty and the way you carry yourself...goodluck with all you do in future...thanks gil

canadiangurl
canadiangurl

Hi Gretchen! I know girls don't always like to give away their fashion secrets, but I would be EXRTREMLY grateful if you could tell me where you got that gorgeous one piece bathing suit that you are wearing in the opening of each episodes. (It's blue and white). Thank you :)

P.S. I love you on the show

RebeccaB824
RebeccaB824

Hi Gretchen!

I love all your outfits! Where can I find that blue and white bathing suit you wear in the opening of each show?

arika
arika

Wasssup girrl. You are grrrreat! A real cool chick. I just love the fact that you represent Women out there who are beautiful, fun, intelligent, unassuming, & free spirited. Of which I am too. And I can tell from watching the show, that you have to deal with people everyday who Envy your Love for Life instead of embrace it, bcz I also go through the same experiences with people. Keep Representing for us Girrrl!! your a shining star :)

Donna II
Donna II

As I see it, Gretchen your story doesn't add up about J. Makes no sense. And if it doesn't make sense then it isn't true. I am a pretty good judge of character and you are lying. You are also two faced. On today's show you act like you were Mel's friend, then you laughed at someone's negative comment about Alexis's husband. Then you talked about your friend Mel being afraid of Alexis to Alexis. What is wrong with you???? You are so two faced!!!! And yes, I definately believe you only dated Jeff for his money. And by the way, Slade is not attractive either!!!! He looks like an old cave man! And what happened to everyone's face this season??? Lynne's face and your's looks all lumpy and bumpy. Is it because of the botox or face work or what??? The only face that looks good is Tamara's.

Patty P
Patty P

Gretchen, You have been my favorite from day one. I absolutely believe that Vickie and Tamra are very jealous of you and I can completely understand. But, you have a winning personality don't sweat them. I will keep going back to the OC if your apart of the show. I miss Gina. She was another housewife who was real.

Crystal Herring
Crystal Herring

Gretchen, Girl you are a hoot! I love tuning in just to see how bubbly and crazy you will be and I think of all the housewives in the show you and Lynne would be the ones who I would be the craziest with and get into the most trouble with- I don't know if that is a good thing or not! Seriously I have really enjoyed this season so far and I look forward to seeing all the new episodes. I don't know why this show is so addicting!! Keep being you that is what all of your fans enjoy!

Patricia Bowden
Patricia Bowden

Gretchen, I love the show and you are my favorite!You are just a happy and fun person and I think that some people give you such a hard time because they are jealous of you and also they are unhappy with their own lives.I don't think that it was fair of anyone to question your relationship with Jeff.I thought you two were very sweet together and I could see the love you both had for each other.I think you need to be you and enjoy your life and not care what others say. Also, I think that you and Slade are so cute together.Jeff would want happiness for you! You go girl! You're great!

Barb Harker
Barb Harker

Gretchen,

You are the absolute bomb. You have had some hard times, but you are still happy and in my opion, the other housewives are jealous because you are "single" and happy. Congrats! Keep up the smiling and giggling we love it.

Patricia O'Neill
Patricia O'Neill

Gretchen, I just want to let you know that I would love to have you as a friend. I have two daughters and if they needed to talk with someone besides me I would be grateful to have a friend like you for them to be open and be able to talk with them. I really feel the pain you want with losing Jeff. I lost my brother when he was 22 , and I was 14 years. Stay strong Gretchen, thats why we Love you.

smiles
smiles

Oh Hey Gretchen! Don't you love how I write that like we're best friends? I am a big fan of the show and you are definitely a woman I can relate to. Last year I lost a bunch of weight and am now getting into working out and was wondering what you do to keep in shape? You are my inspiration to work toward the body I want, and would love any tips you've got.

much love, keep smiling girl cause you're fabulous =)

crb
crb

Gretchen, i'm going on my honeymoon soon and have to have that blue and white swimsuit you wear in the intro to this season--where did you get it and what brand is it?! thanks so much

THE REAL HOTLANTA WIFIE
THE REAL HOTLANTA WIFIE

Gretchen, you used to be ONE of my favorite housewives' but NOW YOU ARE MY FAVORITE!!!! We SISTERS in ATLANTA ALL FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT YOU!!! People always say "TV only shows what they want you to know about a person, not the REAL story....I don't believe that!! I think who you are shines through and with you it does! Although, we liked JO, she was NICE but lacked substance(and I still love her) but SLADE must realize you are "WIFIE/MOTHER" material....not JO! Your future children and husband will be so blessed to have you as a mother and "wifie"(that's what the SISTERS call it in Atlanta-LOL)---love ya!!!!

Charlie girl
Charlie girl

Gotta know...what shampoo & conditioner do you use..and any other hair care products????...your hair is so healthy looking & for the longest time I thought you were wearing a wig...or pieces..,you need to have a show just showing us how you style it...from the moment you get out of the shower...I totally need help with mine...everyday is a bad hair day for me...Help!!!

jomomma
jomomma

Gretchen, your pretty awesome. I think the girls try and pick on you but they are all sissys! You can take em!!! Seriously, screw what people think and keep doing what your doing cuz you are the realest real house wife!

T in HB
T in HB

Hi Gretchen! I thought that was amazing that you took the time to spend with Alexis. I have done that quite a bit myself with the girls in our church and it's always been a positive thing. They know they can talk to me in confidence and trust. I love them :) I do want to say however, I am glad you are a christian because without Him, we are nothing. However, your actions speak a lot stronger than words. As long as you are in out in the world, as you are, committing repeated sin, you are far far away from God. ie out drinking with friends and sleeping with men that aren't your husband. As Christians, we are to be known from our fruit. I am not quite sure if Rick Warren is the best to teach this. I have heard his sermons and they are so watered down and more of a prosperity type preaching. I would love to invite you to my church, where you will hear the true word of God. I can't promise you the good feeling you leave with Pastor Rick, but I can promise you, you will hear the true word. Gretchen, you are so beautiful and I will pray for you and blessings that you may be missing for not walking with Him 100%. God Bless you, my sister in Christ!

Katie533
Katie533

Gretchen, I just wanted to say that I think that what you did for Alexa is extremely admirable, regardless of how it was interpreted. I do not write on blogs etc, but I felt the need to tell you (even though you probably won't read this) that your actions were amazing. As someone who has suffered from depression and anxiety since I was about her age (I am 21 now), I know what it feels like feel truly alone, hopeless, and insignificant. While watching, you made me cry with your genuine concern for someone who you believed to be in deep suffering. You absolutely blew me away this episode. Alexa, and the entire family, should be incredibly grateful for your care and the fact that you said something and made the effort to provide support for her. I wish I had had (and, frankly, have) someone offer me the same things during my darkest time. Regardless of how people chose to react to your extension of help, do NOT question whether or not you did the right thing by offering support to this young girl- you without a doubt did. You have handled the last few months with immense grace and I am sure that Jeff would be as proud of you as your fans are. Keep being you, Gretchen... you are a truly inspiring woman in a world where it is very difficult for young women to find a good role model.

Michellef
Michellef

Gretchen, How on earth could you humilate a teenager like that on national tv? If you really wanted to help her or felt the need to give her a shoulder to cry on you would of done that in private...you did it more for you than her. It was so obvious you felt proud and self absorbed by thinking you are saving some lost child. You know nothing about teens, she didn't need you to save her and not on tv. You lose points for this, you know nothing about teens that is the worse thing you could of done. You humilated that poor girl for her friends to see. Shame on you.

rainbow
rainbow

Gretchen, you are my favorite. Just keep it real, don't get stuck on yourself. You have a good heart. Without you on the show it wouldn't be the same. Let them be jealous of you, but don't loose yourself please!!!

Just me
Just me

Gretchen I just had to comment because you bring such a sincere positive energy to the show! I love your openess, alot of woman can learn from you. I love that you respect yourself enough not to back down and it shows so much courage that you came back this season. Also you reaching out to Lynn's daughter!! That is GREAT! I know some see as insincere and self promoting but I could see in your efforts and from my own frustrations watching Lynn and how she relates to her daughters that someone needed to reach out! Even if nothing transpires you opened up an awareness that I think needed to be addressed for Lynn and other parents watching that may think they have a handle. I love watching you and Slade!! He is a great dad as I recall from his first introduction on the housewives and I love seeing him be able to be HIM and have that valued and appreciated by someone so adoring!! You two are a great couple and my husband and I relate very much to you both!! Thanks for being on the show!

v
v

Hello,Gretchen You have been thought alot in last year and i wish you the best.I will keep you in my prays and thought. From, V

Viewer-West Palm Beach
Viewer-West Palm Beach

Gretchen, How dare you throw a 17 year old girl underneath the bus to make yourself look better! You have no morals, Lynne's kids aren't the girls who show their boobies, vajayjay and are constantly drunk while taping the show. Your fame and fortune will be depleted completely in the near future.

Brooklyn41
Brooklyn41

Ms. Gretchen,

I first have to say that me taking the time to log in to a blog on a show website, PRICELESS. Have another beer :) I like your SPUNK!! The show always portrays what they want the viewers to see. My dear I have to dated and been engaged to an older man that passed and it is always not as it seems or in your case was portrayed. I think you are gorgeous, I think the way you treated Lynn's daughter was compassionate and want to let you know you have some people watching you that know you are pretty DYNAMIC!!

maggiev77
maggiev77

I'm glad that you're smart enough to knkow who you are and rise above all the things that have been said about you. I think your ways are totally misunderstood. You're really down to earth and hope that everything you wish for in your life will come true. And type any length of blog you want. Smile :)

nadine nardo
nadine nardo

Gretchen I believe you are truely a genuine person. I can't believe how Lynn is offended by your nice gesture. Although her daughter was emotional with you and turned around and told her mother something totally opposite. You spirit is free flowing and your full of goodness. As for People judging you thats just chatter. Negative attracts negative just dust your feet and walk away. ALexis pointed out in church exactly that. She's a cuttie and I don't think she gets caught up in the DRAMA . I'm waiting for someone to say something about Alexis husband being arrested according to the tabloids, beings the girls are good for slamming each other. We don't live in a perfect world and its' OK see we all make mistakes BTW Slate has a great sense of humor just 1 thing tell him to shave, don't hide his cute face haha :) lots of luv

Leslye
Leslye

Gretchen, I am interested in where you purchased the pink dress you wear in the show promos. I would love to have one like it. The style just rocks and I think it would complement my body type. You look amazing in it. Leslye

windygirl
windygirl

JEEEEEZZZZZE Girl, you need to learn how to duck. Duck and weave. Or how to stay away from Mean Girls...

EMILYMAC
EMILYMAC

I've never even posted on any kind of shows blog or anything before, but I am watching the show right now and it's the episode where you took Alexis out shopping. You probably won't read this, but I wanted to just say I think what you did is amazing. You were always my favorite on the show, and I don't watch it much anymore, but I think you are obviously the least fake of them all and that's respectable for someone who's on reality television. I have a lot of friends and family who have suffered from depression and if there were more people like you who cared enough to step forward and confront the issue and simply be a support system, I am sure I wouldn't of seen any of them end in suicide. Very admirable. From your post here (I didn't really read much) it sounds like there's drama with the family later, but you did what they couldn't. They should be very grateful.

EMILYMAC
EMILYMAC

I've never even posted on any kind of shows blog or anything before, but I am watching the show right now and it's the episode where you took Alexis out shopping. You probably won't read this, but I wanted to just say I think what you did is amazing. You were always my favorite on the show, and I don't watch it much anymore, but I think you are obviously the least fake of them all and that's respectable for someone who's on reality television. I have a lot of friends and family who have suffered from depression and if there were more people like you who cared enough to step forward and confront the issue and simply be a support system, I am sure I wouldn't of seen any of them end in suicide. Very admirable. From your post here (I didn't really read much) it sounds like there's drama with the family later, but you did what they couldn't. They should be very grateful.

Deborah Kay
Deborah Kay

Gretchen,

Not only are you beautiful on the outside, but you seem to be on the inside as well. Vicki and Tamra are exactly what Slade said: They are Miserable and Jealous women! Do NOT LISTEN to ONE word either of them have to say! Let them spread their negative, jealous, misery somewhere else....Just take a looook at what is going on in their lives....it's Karma on them! Stay Happy and Beautiful!

bean
bean

Jim and Alexis seem like a nice couple although , to me jim is a little controlling and someday I wonder if alexis is going to wake up . they havent been together too long .. so everyone saying what great couple they are is little funny to me . he says shes laud he would never let her go away without him blah blah blah . and going to church doesnt make you a perfect couple .

bean
bean

gretchen , you are the sweetest oc housewife . my daughter and I love you and never miss a show . all the house wifes are jealous of you always negitives and really our right mean . tamra is the mean girl in the show . you never did anything to her and she never stops . you look like gold next to her and my daughter gets so mad she wants to tell off the other house wifes for you cause she said you are to nice to them . and it was so nice of you to talk to lyns daughter . although lyn and her daughter are clueless of how nice it was that you offered your friendship to her . I have a daughter her age and my friends always talk to her and Im happy about it . so is my daughter . grateful really she has them . lyn doesnt get it and either does her daughter . wierd really . anyway we love you , keep up the good work . keep smiling your beautiful .

Natalie Strother
Natalie Strother

You are by far my favorite!!!! How do you keep your hair looking so perfect?? I've tried the curler thing... and it doesn't turn out like yours. Loved the episode tonight, I'm glad you stay close with Jeff's kids. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

natalie strother
natalie strother

You are by far my favorite house wife! How do you keep your hair looking so perfect?? I've tried the curler thing..... doesn't turn out like yours. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!!

A-buddy
A-buddy

Oh Gretchen! I just adore you! Gossip and jealousy are the best compliments in life. I feel bad that the other "Housewives" question you at every turn. You seem to be the most caring, light-hearted, sweetheart. Your love for Jeff was unquestionable. If he left you something, he did it because he loved you and that is what he wanted to do for you. He died with such grace and dignity and that was because you were there to remind him to live, love, laugh and learn, all the way to the end. Those 4 "L's" seem to be your life motto. Without sounding like a stalker, I would love to meet your acquaintance someday. If ever you are in Illinois and would like to experience country living, look me up. But for now...sit back, enjoy life(and Slade...lol), and watch, while Karma takes care of Tamra and all of the others' that question your every move. Much love, Chris M. LaSalle, Illinois