The long-awaited news has finally arrived–Real Housewives of Orange County stars Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley are engaged! And what’s more, she popped the question!
On April 14, overlooking LA from atop the AT&T building, Gretchen surprised Slade with a black-gold and black-diamond band. Gretchen told Life & Style that “Life is too short, I’m in love with this man, and I needed to take the plunge!” Five days later the couple visited Newport Jewelers in Newport Beach where Slade presented Gretchen with some serious bling in return–check out Gretchen’s 4-carat fancy yellow diamond surrounded by an additional 5-carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold:
According to Newport Jewelers Designer Daniel Arik, Slade’s ring has the letter “G” inscribed four times, which stands for God, his two sons and Gretchen. Gretchen’s has the letters “S” and “G” on either side, representing the couple’s first names. Precious!
But wait, rumors have been circulating that the couple has been (not so) secretly engaged for months and Gretchen has been photographed wearing a canary diamond ring that looks eerily similar to the one seen above. RealityTea goes so far as to say that Gretchen and Slade filmed a proposal scene for last season but that script was ditched due to all the bad press Slade was receiving regarding $100,000 in unpaid child support. (Not the best time to be seen gifting a $100,000 engagement ring, eh?) RealityTea is also speculating that the canary diamond center stone is the same one that Slade gave to Jo in Season 1 for their engagement. You be the judge:
Whatever the back story, we say congratulations are in order! Let’s face it, we all know that a lot of “reality” TV is not entirely real, so despite whatever strategic timing may have been involved we hope this couple’s love, at least, IS the real deal. And if Gretchen’s diamond really is the same as Jo’s we say that just shows Gretchen is one very practical lady who must be totally secure in her relationship. Bottom line, we’re selfishly excited to watch the whole thing go down this season on the Real Housewives of Orange County, which we’re sure captured every romantic detail!