Slade Smiley has a long line of loves from The Real Housewives of Orange County, but he may have met his match in Gretchen Rossi. He seems to think so, anyway, as he asks for permission to propose from her father in Season 7, Episode 13. But in a preview for the episode, Gretchen’s not sure she’s ready to tie the knot — and get into debt — with Slade.

“When I met him, I fell in love with him — I didn’t fall in love with his bank account,” Gretchen tells new pal Tamra. Slade has been struggling to pay child support, and the strain is taking its toll. “It has been three years, and things have been tough,” Gretch continues. It may be tough, but Tamra thinks the answer is obvious.

“Slade’s behind in child support. She shouldn’t marry him. It’s that simple,” Tamra says to the camera. But she’s also upfront with her new pal. “Once you’re married, you are 50 percent responsible for any debt,” she tells Gretchen, letting her know she thinks marriage isn’t the best idea at this point.

In addition to her hesitations about his finances, Gretchen she says she’s still getting over her first marriage.  If you recall from last season, Gretchen shares custody of her two dogs with ex-husband, Chris Rossi. But things might be getting more complicated than just a couple of pups. “Just ran into my ex husband and his pregnant girlfriend in local grocery store! Can u say AKWARD! LOL! Love my life!!” she tweeted back in January.

Though the show was filmed several months ago and rumors are swirling that Gretchen and Slade are now engaged, Tamra told Andy Cohen that her friend still doesn’t have a ring on the May 1 episode of Watch What Happens Live!


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Credit: Bravo Photo: Gretchen Tells Tamra Why She Can't Marry Slade in Real Housewives of OC Season 7, Episode 13 (VIDEO)