Where Are They Now?

Slade Smiley opens up about life after OC, and explains his relationship status with ex, Jo De La Rosa.

Nov 19, 2008
Slade Smiley has been very busy since his stint on the Real Housewives of Orange County. Just how busy? O.C.'s hottest bachelor tells us in his own words about his post-O.C. life, including his current status with ex Jo de la Rosa, his secret affair with fellow Bravolebrity Kathy Griffin, and his current girlfriend, model and actress Gelusa Zaripova. He spills about upcoming projects, talks charity work, and offers some juicy details on potential O.C. appearances this season! Read on for all things Slade!

Hi everyone, I hope this blog finds you doing well. When I was contacted by Bravo and asked if I would participate in a "Where Are They Now" blog, I almost wasn't sure where to start. As I am sure everyone knows, my life since being part of The Real Housewives of Orange County will never be the same. Just shortly after I completed season two of the Real Housewives, both of my kids ended up moving to L.A. for different reasons. I made the necessary plans to follow so I could be as close to them as possible. My work in L.A. has kept me extremely busy, so the move was necessary from that standpoint as well. I worked with Jo on her new album "Unscripted" and I am very proud of her. The album is finished and available everywhere from iTunes to Best Buy and Wal-Mart. We just finished a five-week radio promo tour on the East Coast and she is already getting lots of airplay. Her single just broke through to the top ten on the dance charts. Check it out at www.jodelarosamusic.com.

Just as we were completing her album, Jo and I were approached to do the new TV show, Date My Ex. Let me tell you, it was a very hard decision to do that show. No one wants to see their ex date, that's weird, and living with her dates was even weirder. Nonetheless, I offered to do the show and thought I might be able to make some fun out of it. Truth be told, it wasn't fun - it got much more emotional than I anticipated and all I can say is that you should see the size of my therapy bill. It's HUGE! LOL. Check out this video.

Prior to taping Date My Ex, we shot Jo's music video for her new single "U Can't Control Me." You can watch the video at www.jodelarosamusic.com (just click on media). We ended up inviting my girlfriend Gretchen Rossi up to L.A. and take part in the video. You may not recognize Gretchen's name now, but you will. She is the newest housewife on the fourth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, set to premiere on November 25th. Gretchen and I have been friends for about seven years and she is so friggin' hot. Anytime Gretchen and I hang out, we get in so much trouble, so I can only imagine what will happen with her and the other housewives. I can guarantee season four will be a must see! As it turns out, even though Jo and I are not together, we will appear in a couple episodes of Housewives this season, and I personally can't wait to watch what happens.