Real Housewives of New Jersey will soon be back on television! That means the girls are going to be everywhere! RealityTea spoke to RHONJ star Melissa Gorga and asked her about the recent stripper rumors as well as how her relationship with Teresa is!
RT: Was it worth it to come on the show? Has it been a positive experience for you?
MG: “Yeah, so far, so good! There’s always good and the bad. There’s been so many made up stories; it’s funny. There’s always these people that come out on Twitter and say the most ridiculous things, and you’re like where are they getting this from? You kinda realize it comes with the territory. It’s what you have to go through when you’re on a reality show. There’s gonna be the ones that absolutely love you and there’s gonna be the ones who don’t agree with you.”
Positive? I think when she says positive she’s talking about having the chance to be able to “sing.” I don’t know how she could say it’s been positive when she no longer speaks to her family…but then again she probably likes it that way! Just saying!
So, the infamous “stripper rumors…” How did Joe and your family handle hearing those things about you? Was it stressful?
“That, I have to say, was probably the least amount of stress. It was just so absurd. It was so ridiculous. Joe actually used to come see me when I bartended there. I bartended when I was in college. He knows! From the very start, it was just ridiculous. It seemed very set-up; it was set-up. There’s usually no men at the Posche Fashion Show. They don’t really come. There’s usually maybe one here or there, but to have, like, this table of men that have nothing to do with any of us. That happened to be the table that he’s at – Mike and he walks over to me. It was very fishy. I could see maybe I would get nervous or frazzled if there was any truth, but there’s zero truth. It just seemed so fake. It just wasn’t nice. I have three little babies at home – why start rumors that I was a stripper? I’m almost sure the stripper thing is the finale. I was a little upset at the time. I felt so set-up. And the other girls saw it and they were getting so upset over it. We just didn’t who to look at; we didn’t know who to blame. And you know certain signs point to certain things and there’s little clues here and there. But until I watch it play out on TV. I’m sure there’s things that I don’t know yet, that I haven’t seen, that other people have shot. Until I really see it play out I’m not going to point my finger at anyone. In the long run, it doesn’t hurt me. He didn’t even say it to my face. And supposedly [this conversation], it went on behind my back with my sister-in-law and it didn’t happen in front of my face. I wish he would have said it to me so I could have been able to defend myself. I wasn’t even able to say ‘that’s not true”
The fact that she has to say she had no stress due to the rumor probably means she got really stressed because of the rumor. And she did point fingers. Jacqueline and her blamed Teresa Giudice for it the next day after the Fashion Show. I don’t really get how she can say no men go to the Fashion Show when this was probably her first year going…Also it was Angelo [general manager of lookers] who walked over to Melissa not “mike.”
Why do you think he confronted Teresa with these allegations?
Well, that’s the tricky part. That’s the part that we’re trying to figure out. How it was all so conveniently Teresa had met him earlier in the day and Teresa had went to a salon and got her hair done and he just happened to be there and he just happened to come to the Posche Fashion Show… I’m not pointing finger at anyone, because I don’t have facts and that’s not fair. But it just doesn’t feel right. I just don’t wanna believe that anyone would do that to me, especially someone who is part of my family. Bravo has magic. We’ll see which way they play it.” Melissa believes the entire thing started with a group of people who want to get on the show and want to be Housewives, so they were starting drama to catch Bravo’s attention.
If there was a group trying to start something why is she hinting that Teresa had something to do with it. Bravo is known for doing set-ups and was probably contacted from people who didn’t like Melissa. Duh.
The power of social media with reality television has been amazing, to say the least. How do you respond to some of things you hear floating around the blogs and twitter?
I block a lot of them. I don’t block anyone who has an opinion. I get when there’s someone who has an opinion. That’s all understandable, but when they tweet me the c-word, and they don’t know me. It’s amazing that they come up with this stuff. I block the nasty, vulgar stuff. It seems like there’s this one little group, so I hear, that is just nasty and they’re huge Teresa fans. And what they don’t get is – if you’re such a big Teresa fan wouldn’t you root for our family to fix it? I’m not that crazy one, I don’t scream around, I don’t flip tables – so I don’t attract them; which is fine.”
Ohhhhhhhhh so now Teresa attracts people who are crazy because she is crazy? Nice, Melissa! Keep digging a hole for yourself. Let’s not forget how Melissa’s makeup artist spends his days bashing Teresa and her family even calling Teresa “crazy” talking about her appearance and trashing Joe Giudice!
It’s interesting how emotionally attached viewers become to the show and the ladies… You guys put yourself out there and, to me, seem the most real.
“It’s really intense. There’s a big misconception that there’s problems between Joe and Teresa, between Teresa and I because of the show. That is so not true. Whatever you see going on, we were like this – for years. It has nothing to do with the show. And there are times during this season coming up that Teresa and I get along so perfectly and we have such a great time and that’s what I’m looking forward for people to see. We are a true family. We go through ups and downs, and if you really, really pay attention – it’s nothing that insane. We’re bickering; it’s very normal. It’s not that crazy. I think people area making it seem much more than it actually is. To me, these are normal sister-in-law problems. The Christening, not normal, by no means would I say that’s normal, but if you look beyond that to everything else that’s going on; it’s sister-in-law bickering. We’re very passionate people. I love my family; I love Joe’s family. I’ve given up so much of my family, at times, just to be with his family. People don’t know the backstory and they see one hour of a twenty-four hour day. It’s a job, I just live my life, I do what I wanna do. As long as me and Joe are good, as long as my family is good, there’s nothing they can do to hurt me. Then I consider it good. There’s success that comes from it too. And whether the cameras are there or not, we’re not going to be perfect. Our family was like this before the cameras.”
Ahhh. Melissa has said they had problems before the show while Teresa continues to deny that. It is normal for inlaws to bicker doesn’t mean they should stop talking to each other. Let’s not forget that Melissa was at Teresa’s house warming party, Gia’s birthday, Audrianas christening. (all in season 1 and 2) Would she be invited to those things if their really were problems? Hmm…
What is the relationship with Teresa like right now?
Right now… we try. It’s always, like, up and down. The adults don’t see a lot of each other. I always go to everything that has to do with the kids. We’re trying to get through something. There’s some forgiving that needs to go on. Everybody’s a little upset. We just need some time. But we’ll get through it. I know we’ll get through it. That’s just how we are.
Teresa told AllAboutTRH back in January that she hasn’t spoken to Joe since the reunion. Reports have came out that Teresa and Mel haven’t spoken since Melissa came to Gia and Milania’s birthday without Joe Gorga.
Has it been helpful to have Kathy Wakile join the show with you?
Yes, of course. We didn’t know this world. I’m not from a world of hate. I’m happy for everyone. I’ve never felt that jealousy bug. We both were not like that, but to hear negative comments, at first I would take it to heart and so would she. And then as it went on, this is just what it is. We just started to ignore it. To be honest, Jacqueline too – and Caroline . Everyone kinda put their hand out and was like be careful, watch what you say, and helped lead the way. It was nice. I got along great with everyone. They were all so helpful; they were all so sweet. Jacqueline, was like, ‘Be ready…,’ but at the same time, it was scary. It’s part of the job. Teresa, was upset that I accepted the invitation to be on the show. So there was a lot of tension in the beginning. It wasn’t a pleasant time, to be honest with you. Teresa and I were not speaking before the show. Do you think that would have happened at the Christening if we were a happy family? By no means did we go behind anyone’s back to get on the show. Bravo is smart, they know exactly where you are. They did call me. It took me months to sign that paper, I did not want to do it. I told my husband I didn’t want do it. I left it up to him, because I told him ‘You know what, Joe – it’s your family’ Ultimately, Joe made the decision, because of the opportunity. He’s a go-getter, just like his sister.”
The reason they probably stopped speaking was due to the fact that Danielle Staub called out Teresa for not showing up to the hospital when her nephew was born in the season 2 reunion. Danielle knew this because Melissa told her via Facebook and Danielle brought it up to make Teresa mad. So if my sister in law did that, then signed up for a show when we’re not even speaking and didn’t tell me. I think I could talk for everyone when I say anyone would be upset. I just wish Melissa could just say she understands why Teresa would be upset with them instead of trying to justify it. Thoughts on the interview?
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