Gretchen and Slade had a very public proposal on their last season of the "Real Housewives of Orange County," when Rossi popped the question to Smiley on the rooftop of a building after flying him in on a helicopter.The longtime loves have not taken the plunge yet, as there were definitely some communication problems they wanted to sort out first."We went in dealing with some communication issues and some issues in regard to our future relationship.

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"For me, I had been married once before and I have had a really hard time jumping back into marriage because I felt like I failed at something and I don't want to fail at something as big as marriage again," Gretchen explained.

The couple also said that a lot of their relationship problems didn't have to do with them as a couple, but really boiled down to negative forces outside their relationship.

"Unfortunately, as many people know, Slade has a very sick son and that has caused stress between us which you can't help because of medical bills that are coming in for $3 million plus.

Gretchen Rossi is ready to get more "real" than ever before.

The "Real Housewives of Orange County" star and fiance Slade Smiley chatted with toofab's Brittany Kyles about their new gig on WE tv's "Marriage Boot Camp." This season, the hit show is getting a bit of a makeover ... Gretchen and Slade, Jwoww and Roger Mathews and Trista and Ryan Sutter are among the new faces sorting out their serious issues on the show.

Living in a house with a bunch of fellow TV stars sounds like it could be a bit of a nightmare, but Gretchen and Slade said they made some real friendships.

"We actually had a great experience getting to know the other couples.

I think it was an unexpected sense of comraderie because we all went through so much having to expose ourselves and we are all from reality television," Smiley said of the experience.

"I honestly can say that I will have every single one of those couples at our wedding," Gretchen added.

While the costars are friends , Rossi also said that there were times when everyone butted heads.

But at the end of the day, the show really helped the cast develop some solid relationships with each other and their partners.