‘Til Debt Do Us Part?

Would you marry someone even if it meant taking on their debt? Gretchen Rossi from The Real Housewives of Orange County made that mistake once in her first marriage and she isn’t about to do it again! Gretchen’s current boyfriend, Slade Smiley, is allegedly in over $100k worth of debt. The two have been together for three years now and Slade is pushing to tie the knot, as seen in a recent episode of RHOC.

At 34, Gretchen has worked for her financial independence through her makeup line, handbag collection, singing career and gig on RHOC. She has communicated to Slade several times that marriage isn’t an option for them until he cleans up his financial situation. (Diva Tip: Communication is key to a healthy relationship, especially when it comes to money. It’s not the most comfortable subject to discuss, but it’s so necessary!)

On her blog for Bravo Gretchen writes, “Normally it’s always the woman pushing or wanting the man to ask them to marry them and the men are hesitant. It is weird how reversed our roles are compared to the traditional way of doing things.”

Housewife Heather Dubrow says that she feels Gretchen is, “being thoughtful and smart about her future,” and we completely agree. What do you Divas think?

Your Checklist For Getting Married

Your boyfriend doesn’t have to be in a pool of debt for you to start considering the financial aspects of getting married. Our “Getting Married Checklist” gives you a comprehensive list of important financial questions to consider before committing.

To see the complete list, download these two files: Getting Married Checklist P1Getting Married Checklist P2


  1. Absolutely agree, too often women are afraid to ask questions about their significatnt others financial situation. Hugely important to set the stage early around open and honest communication.

  2. Michael Chiodo says:

    It isn’t just about the honeymoon anymore!

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