What We Know of Gretchen Rossi’s Ex-Husband: A Retrospective

What We Know of Gretchen Rossi’s Ex-Husband: A Retrospective

The Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi was formerly married to Chris Rossi. Photo Source: Grethen Rossi/Anna Khaja's Instagram.

The Real Housewives of Orange County (RHOC) introduced Gretchen Rossi in its fourth season. She had her trials and tribulations in her relationship throughout the show, but did you know she was married to Chris Rossi prior to the show? This article mainly focuses on Gretchen Rossi’s ex-husband and their failed relationship.

Gretchen’s relationship has always been a topic of concern to many. Her relationship status during her RHOC days was known and talked about a lot. But nothing much has been revealed about her ex-hubby and their relationship. So keep reading to know about Gretchen Rossi’s ex-husband and his life after her.

Gretchen’s Early Life

The controversial star of the RHOC, Gretchen Rossi, was born on 30 October 1977 in Michigan, USA. Her maiden name is Gretchen Christine Forward. Her father is Scott Forward, and her mother is Brenda Forward.

Rossi also has a brother named Ethan Forward. The Forward family likes to keep a low profile and doesn’t share the spotlight Gretchen brings but shares a loving and close bond with each other.

Gretchen got her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. She studied psychology and started her acting career with the TV shows such as Mia Mundo and TMI Hollywood. However, she rose to prominence after appearing in the American reality television series, The Real Housewives of Orange County.

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Who Is Gretchen Rossi’s Ex-husband?

Many might not know, but Gretchen was previously married before her appearance in RHOC. She was married to Chris Rossi before her fame in the reality TV show. According to various sources, Gretchen got married to Rossi in 2004.

Sadly their marriage lasted only for three years as they got divorced in 2007. Gretchen started her RHOC journey in 2008 after her divorce from her ex-husband Chris Rossi.

The details regarding their marriage and divorce are unknown. Both parties has not talked about their past relationships. Gretchen Rossi’s ex-husband is a screenwriter, photographer, and producer.

One of Chris Rossi’s notable works is Meadowland starring Olivia Wilde. He also has 6 acting credits under his name. Chris Rossi’s most recent project was Exhaust which was released in 2020. Chris got his BA in English from Cornell University.

Is Happily Married Now

After the short-lived marriage, Gretchen Rossi’s ex-husband found the love of his life in Anna Khaja, an Indian-Pakistani-American actress. According to the actress’s IMDb, she is married to Chris Rossi since 2006.

Chris Rossi's Wife Anna Khaja
Gretchen Rossi’s ex-husband Chris Rossi is happily married to Anna Khaja. Photo Source: Anna Khaja’s Instagram.

Chris and Anna are still together and are happily married. Khaja often posts about her husband on her Instagram account. The couple has been together for over 16 years but hasn’t welcomed any children. Another power couple who have been married for 18 long years is Lea Black and Roy Black.

Gretchen’s Relationship Timeline

Gretchen appeared in the fourth season of RHOC and stayed until season 8. During her time in the show, Gretchen was engaged to Jeff Bietzel, who was 24 years older than her and lost his life to leukemia. After the demise of Bietzel, she had a brief and controversial relationship with Jay Photoglou.

Later, Rossi was seen in a relationship with another RHOC alum, Slade Smiley. Rossi and Smiley started seeing each other in February 2009. The pair got engaged in 2013 and has been together ever since. However, they are yet to tie the knot.

After four years of trying, Gretchen and Slade welcomed their first child, Skyler Gray Smiley, through IVF. They are happily in love and stronger than ever.

Both Gretchen Rossi and her ex-husband Chris Rossi have found their forever person and are living their life happily to the fullest. We wish them nothing but peace and more happiness in the coming days.

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