Although Gretchen said at the last Real Housewives of Orange County Reunion that she didn’t get “millions and millions” from her dead “fiance” Jeff Beitzel, it turns out that might not quite be true. TMZ has uncovered some of Jeff’s financial papers revealing that Gretchie-Gretch pulled in a cool $2.5 million for her work with Jeff.
Gretchen was really going for an Oscar to cap off all her prizes when she told Vicki and Jeana about her concern over finances when Jeff dies. She actually got those girls in a tizzy of concern over her finances. They strongly suggested that she have a talk with Jeff about the situation and get herself a piece. Gretchen played dumb and pretended that she was above all that while secretly shoving insurance papers in Jeff’s face when she went back to the hospital. The records TMZ obtained found that Jeff’s trust was amended just a month before his death.
Gretchens finances are a bit iffy, however. Gretchen has since admitted that she did expect to get a little bank after Jeff died, but that bank never quite arrived because his estate had so many debts and loose ends to tie up. Gretchen seems smart enough with money though, she still has her house, and she has invested some of her money into starting her makeup and handbag lines. She may have had gold-digging tendencies in the past, but Gretchen’s now being gold-dug by her boyfriend Slade Smiley, who has been unemployed for a while, and is in some major legal doo-doo for missing child support payments for his son sick with a brain tumor.