Updated: Feb 5, 2014 8:04 pm
Gretchen Rossi is engaged!
The Real Housewives of Orange County star bucked tradition on Sunday night, April 14, and proposed to her boyfriend of four years, Slade Smiley, In Touch can reveal exclusively.
“She proposed to him on top of the AT&T building in LA,” a source close to the couple tells In Touch, adding that the proposal was a complete surprise and will be televised. “She had him flown up there via helicopter for the dramatic proposal.”
Gretchen has hinted in the past that she’s comfortable reversing roles when it comes to a customary engagement. “A guy doesn’t always have to do it [propose]," she said. "He can still do it, but maybe I might too. If he doesn’t do something soon, I might have to!”
Although the reality star has previously said marriage is not a priority, she has voiced how she values commitment and wants a “boatload” of kids. “I’m so happy right now,” she recently told In Touch of her relationship with Slade.
Slade echoed her sentiments, dishing to In Touch, “We have such a fun, outgoing relationship. There isn’t any aspect of Gretchen that I don’t think is absolutely delicious!”
This will be the first marriage for Slade, who was previously engaged to Jo De La Rosa, but broke it off in 2007, and the second marriage for Gretchen who was married to Chris Rossi, but divorced in 2007, and engaged to Jeff Beitzel, but lost him to cancer in 2008.
Congrats to the happy couple!