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Gretchen Rossi hasn’t always had in easy when it comes to love. The Real Housewives of Orange County star was previously married to Chris Rossi, a relationship that ended in divorce in 2007. Shortly thereafter, Gretchen became engaged to the much older Jeff Beitzel, but their engagement came to a tragic end when Jeff lost his battle with leukemia in 2008.

Despite her previous heartbreak, Gretchen’s finally ready to have her happily-ever-after. In Season 8, Episode 17, the 34-year-old star opens up about her decision to propose to Slade Smiley.

“It’s been hard for me to get back to this place,” she reveals to her mom. “I think of the serious relationships I’ve had, with Chris and with Jeff. Every [relationship I’ve had] that’s been really serious has ended in tragedy. I don’t think a lot of people really understand that when you lose somebody the way I lost Jeff, that’s going to leave a mark on anybody’s heart.”

Gretchen is visibly nervous leading up to the proposal, adding that she’s worried about messing things up. Thankfully, her mom has some words of encouragement on the big day.

“This is a new future and there’s no reason to look back. [...] I know it’s going to be perfect. You will say the right things. I think it’ll be wonderful.”

Are you excited to watch Gretchen propose to Slade? Watch more in this sneak peek from the Real Housewives of Orange County Season 8, Episode 17 below!
 

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