Whether or not Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi will agree to marry boyfriend Slade Smiley is a major issue of discussion at the moment, and it’s a well-known fact that she joined the show shortly after divorcing her first husband, Chris Rossi, and getting engaged to the late Jeff Beitzel, who passed away from leukemia.
Gretchen has cited getting over her divorce from Chris as one of the reasons she’s not eager to trek down the aisle with Slade, so we were wondering: Who exactly is Chris Rossi?
According to the former couple’s wedding announcement in the Glendale News Press, Christopher Rossi is from New York and is the son of Sheila McKeon-Rossi and John Rossi. Chris attended Forest Hills High School before graduating from Adelphi University, and he has worked as a film technician in Hollywood.
He and Gretchen (maiden name Forward) were married in January 2004 at Laguna Cliffs in Dana Point, California, and included dog Kahlua in the nuptial ceremony, playing the song “Who Let the Dogs” out as the pup walked down the aisle with their rings. Hilarious!
Oh, and he and Gretchen reportedly shared a love for fishing and boating before their marriage.
According to the OC Register, the two were divorced in July 2007. While the reason for the divorce is unclear, Chris and Gretchen are still in each other’s lives: They share custody of their two dogs.
Source: Glendale News Press, OC Register