I just have to move forward, and not have a confrontation on camera. I was with him for 5 years, we were engaged, I acted as the mother of his children, and I was building a life with this man, and she was the girl that I knew, and you know what it is, at the end of the day, I just hate the way it all came down and came to an end. Jo: I am in the studio, working on the second album, working on the second single, and writing.Slade and I are no longer even friends, and I haven’t even been able to talk to him face to face about it, and I know that is because of her (Gretchen). Chandra, Reality Wanted: How is your second album going? I feel like a lot of girls can connect to the music I am writing, it is a different sound.
It would have put me back out there in the public eye, but for all the wrong reasons. I was never really as much friends with them as I was working with them.I will forever be thankful for The Real Housewives of Orange County, because that is how I got my start, but I have my own story that I have to tell through my music, and for me to go back to confront the past just doesn’t make sense. Chandra, Reality Wanted: Do you keep in touch with any of the other Housewives from the show? I had my own friends that I went out with in LA, doing my own thing, and the show made it seem like we were all friends, but really, I had my own life with Slade.Most girls in my situation would have taken that ring and that car that Slade gave to me and they would have lived off of that, the difference is that I gave back everything, the ring, the car, all of what he gave to me and I started over in LA! (Smiley was arrested in February 2009 for unpaid child support, purportedly at Rossi’s Costa Mesa home.) I was just like, “How can you call me and ask me for help when I just found out that you are sleeping with Slade?Slade really did me a favor because it used to be all about “Slade and Jo”, “Slade and Jo”. For the first time, I can be on my own terms as Jo De La Rosa. Chandra, Reality Wanted: How long did you two date? ” The truth of the matter is that it is what it is, and Gretchen, to me, is…it’s just dumb.By Chandra Clewley The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Season 1 and 2 resident raven-haired beauty, Jo De La Rosa has been off of the show for four years (! Last year, her long time love and former fiancé Slade Smiley appeared with her in Date My Ex, a spin off in which Jo dated men that Slade had to live with!
With Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Orange County upon us, we have found that Jo’s ex-boyfriend Slade is now in a relationship with Gretchen Rossi.Gretchen, whose fiancé, Jeff Beitzel, died in 2008 of leukemia, has a controversial role on the show.Her antics include potentially cheating on Jeff with Jay Photoglou while Jeff was dying.While everyone expected the Gretchen/Slade relationship to go over like a lead brick with Jo De La Rosa, here she tells Reality Wanted why Slade did her the “favor”… Chandra, Reality Wanted: Will you make an appearance in Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Orange County? Jo: It is one of those things where, I left the show back in Season 2, and my life is so different now, who I am now compared to who I was 4 years ago. There were talks of me coming on the show to confront Gretchen and Slade, but I need to be selfless at this point.Regardless of how I feel about them being together, this is Gretchen and Slade’s time in the spotlight and I just want to move forward with my music. The thing is, people never really understood, I was so much younger than the other women on the show.I have always felt like the black sheep in that group because they were so much older than me, with children and marriages and I was just a 22 year old girl, barely figuring out who I was. Chandra, Reality Wanted: Did you feel stifled in your relationship because you wanted to be in LA when you were on the show? Jo: I definitely had so much inside of me that I hadn’t even tapped into at the time, but when I was engaged to Slade, I was engaged and I wasn’t working.