This season on Real Housewives of Atlanta, the gossip blogs have been buzzing with rumor and speculation over Gretchen Rossi. She has definitely added some fire to the show. According to sources, she was originally introduced to the shows producer via Jo and Slade, the dynamic marketing duo.
As previously reported, Gretchen’s fiance Jeff Beitzel sadly lost his battle with leukemia in September 2008. After his death, the fangs have come out, and his family is speaking out against Gretchen and her behavior during their relationship. According to a blog Pretty on the Outside, Jeff’s sister posted the following comment on her blog:
” As for Gretchen, Jeff was ready to end that relationship due to her excessive partying and mainly her “recreational drug” use. Jeff was no stranger to alcohol, but had told her it was either the drugs or him because he wouldn’t live with it. Somehow she managed to convince him, and I even found this unbelievable at the time not even knowing her, that she had given up partying and drugs for him, and had returned to her “religious” upbringing. How or why he wanted to believe this is beyond me, but obviously he was deceived. The “Malibu Barbie” image seemed to overrule all reason.”
I guess bottom line, the poor guy was sick, he loved her, and didn’t want to lose her. It’s called denial. In fairness to Gretchen, everyone deals with death differently. She may have “partied” to cover up the pain. Who knows? It seems that Jeff and Gretchen had genuine love and affection for each other. If she made his day a little bit more beautiful and brighter, so be it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. He seemed like a very cool dude.