Slade Smiley, boyfriend of Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Gretchen Rossi owes $138,857.64 in child support, according to court documents and Costa Mesa resident Jennifer Young, who runs the website mostwanteddeadbeats.com.
Smiley was scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom last week (2-9-11) to address payments he owes to ex-girlfriend Michelle Arroyo. They are the parents of Grayson Arroyo-Smiley, 10, who has a rare form of brain cancer called diffuse fibrillary astrocytoma.
However, Arroyo notified the court that the boy was sick and in the hospital today, so it’s unclear if the hearing took place. Smiley, 42, has seen his child-support debts balloon from $84,962 to more than $138,850 because of interest owed on arrears — unpaid or overdue payments.
“Once you fall behind, and he’s fallen behind for so long, the interest is what typically makes it impossible to pay back,” said Young, a child-support advocate who has also been through the experience of not receiving child-support payments owed by a so-called deadbeat father.
According to court documents, Smiley also had his driver’s license suspended on Jan. 8 because of delinquent child support. However, he has been spotted around Costa Mesa, where he lives with Gretchen, and Orange County driving in a powder-blue Mercedes Benz and a black Range Rover. Young, who lives a few blocks away from Smiley and Rossi, says she has personally seen him driving around the neighborhood while his license has been suspended.
Smiley could not be reached for comment.
Last but not least, a judge recently ordered Smiley to seek work outside of the entertainment/TV or title industries, because he’s been unable to obtain money through those ventures for extended periods of time.
Smiley was first introduced to “Real Housewives” audiences as the fiancé of Jo De La Rosa, who was a Coto de Caza “housewife” in waiting during the first two seasons. After Smiley and De La Rosa broke up, Smiley briefly dated Lauri Waring, another cast member, who eventually married George Peterson and became Lauri Peterson. Smiley and Rossi started dating between seasons 4 and 5, and he was revealed as Rossi’s new boyfriend at the beginning of season 5.