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Even though we’ve had our issues with Gretchen Rossi’s fiance, Slade Smiley, we know we wouldn’t wish the troubles he’s having with his son, Grayson, on anyone. Everyone knows Grayson is sick, but Slade doesn’t often express any sadness about the ordeal, which is likely why Gretchen’s former Real Housewives of Orange County castmate Tamra Barney thought it was acceptable to call Slade a “deadbeat with a sick son.”

On Marriage Boot Camp, the couples underwent an exercise in which they learned to open up to one another. Slade didn’t handle it well. He mentioned in the exercise that he often cries over Grayson; following this revelation, Gretchen prodded him to open up further.

“I want you to outwardly express it,” Gretchen said, “because I find you often in the bathroom crying by yourself about Grayson, but you don’t talk about it ever. I want you to start verbalizing and talking and saying it out loud.”

Slade didn’t handle this well, and immediately shut down. “I don’t want to be pushed anymore,” he responded.

In confessional, Slade explained why it was so hard for him to open up. “My son, Grayson, is 13 years old, and he is dealing with a couple different rare forms of brain cancer that have affected different areas of the brain,” Slade shared. “I like to internalize it, and certainly when it comes to my stuff, I have a hard time talking about that. I take it all on me.”

“The point I was hoping you were going to get out of the exercise is, like, I can’t wait any longer,” Gretchen told Slade after this admission. “I have to say what I need to say then. I need to address the issues I need to address then, and I was hoping that exercise was going to provoke that. If that can’t provoke emotion out of you, I don’t know what the hell’s gonna provoke emotion out of you.”

Slade shook his head, simply responding, “I’m pissed now.”

It looks like it’s going to be a while before Slade is really willing to open up about his emotions. We’re not sure that day is ever going to come!

Do you think Slade needs to talk about his feelings more? Was Gretchen being too pushy? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Radar Online