GRETCHEN ROSSI: Real Housewives of Orange County: Slade Smiley Uses Son, Grayson, as a ‘Prop’

                                  Really Slade, we should visit Grayson more, but he lives 57 miles away!

On a recent episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County, Wretched Rossi and Slade Slimey were whining to Slade’s mother about the mountain of paperwork from the Courts regarding child support and medical bills for his son, Grayson Arroyo-Smiley.  Grayson has been battling a very rare brain tumor, which cannot be surgically removed… he will receive chemotherapy indefinitely.

After that episode, Wretched wrote a lengthy essay on and on her website (here) blaming Slade’s problems on caring for his son, Grayson:

“When Slade realized that all his hard work of 18 years in the title business had been lost because of his time away with his son, I think his world crumbled financially, emotionally, and mentally, as you see him humbly address in this episode. It was a hard knock for him and a wake-up call.”

                                   You already saw Grayson last year.    Yeah, but I need him for the show.

After visiting Grayson’s website (here),  SH received the following email from Grayson’s mother, Michelle Arroyo:

grayson.jpg Grayson Arroyo-Smiley

“Obviously Slade Smiley does come up from time to time with regards to Gray.  It is unfortunate that he has chosen to use his son as a “prop” when it is convenient for him to try and rebuild his image as a “father” in the public eye. He has not played an active role in parenting Grayson, or helping to financially support him with all of his medical and therapeutic care associated with his brain tumor. I can assure you that all of the donations made to the Amazing Gray Fund are used for Grayson’s extensive medical and rehabilitative therapies. Even once a child is medically stable, the rehabilitation therapy usually goes on for a long period of time, and that expense is enormous. I would imagine that Gray still has at least another six to nine months of extensive therapy. I am hopeful that Gray will be able to continue to get better and stronger every day, and that he will be able to work through the tougher part of the brain injury rehabilitation. I am always looking at better therapy for him to get him doing the things that he loves to do as a boy, even just going to school is a big obstacle for him with his diverse needs.

Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us, and your concern for my amazing little man. He is truly the light of my life and an inspiration to me each and every day.

Michelle Arroyo

Slimey and Wretched certainly talk a good game about Slade’s attention to his son, but Michelle Arroyo, Grayson’s mother, knows what actually goes on between her son, Grayson, and his father, Slade Smiley….

A great detailed piece on Slimey and Grayson on DBKP… here.

Many thanks to readers “cc” and “MP”!