Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley are being extremely careful to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Real Housewives of Orange County alumni have an 8-month-old baby, Skylar, and are doing their best to protect her from getting sick...which means cutting off visits from Gretchen’s parents.
The couple dedicated an episode of their podcast, Knot Too Taboo, to coronavirus. They discussed how they’re staying positive and safe throughout the outbreak, and spoke to journalist Donna Tetreault to gain more information. But before they got into the conversation, Gretchen opened up about having to tell her mother that she is not allowed to see Skylar for a few weeks.
“I got in a little bit of an argument with my parents this last week,” Gretchen mentioned, after Slade said that some people, including her mom and dad, are not taking the precautionary quarantine measures seriously.
“Many of you know my grandmother passed away this year, and so they finally sold her house up in the Las Vegas area. They decided to make a whole weekend out of it, and go to a Lionel Richie concert and all that. Well, of course, the Lionel Richie concert was canceled… which I knew it would be, but my mom was still hoping it was going to happen. So, they still kept their hotel room up in Las Vegas, and I was very, very, very upset about this.”
Gretchen explained that although they made their decision before “all the quarantines had been put into effect,” she was still extremely concerned that her parents were heading to one of the busiest places in the country during such a dangerous time.
“It just seemed a little reckless in some ways, especially with a newborn baby in our family. She takes care of our brother’s kids, and she’d be very upset with me right now for saying this, but I was very frustrated,” Gretchen said of her mother. “She was just like, ‘Your father and I are fine! We don’t have any ailments.’ And I was like, ‘Mom, you do know that you are almost 70 years of age, right?’”
Although Gretchen explained that her parents may have missed a lot of the news because they spent the weekend moving things out of her grandmother’s home, she wasn’t going to take any chances when it came to anyone in her family’s health.
“My parents, knock on wood, are very healthy. But it is still very, very scary. And beyond that, we do have young children in the family, so I told my mom, ‘I’m not going to hang out with you for the next couple of weeks. I’m sorry, but you don’t get to see your granddaughter.’”
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