As Teresa Giudice is away in prison serving a 15-month sentence her sister-in-law and RHONJ co-star Melissa Gorga tells PEOPLE that in spite of it all the family is doing “really well” given the circumstances.
Melissa says that Teresa’s absence has caused the family to bond and grow closer. “I think we’ve bonded a lot. I see the girls a lot. Joe has seen Teresa, he’s been there to visit her, and I think that we are strong as a family, and I think the kids are doing very well, better than we all thought.”
As for rumors of a spinoff show starring Joe Giudice, Melissa kept mum saying, “I know everyone’s talking about the Jersey special that’s coming out. It’s not confirmed yet by Bravo, so I am tight-lipped!”
Teresa’s cousin and fellow Housewife Kathy Wakile was also at the Sushi Roxx Grand Opening in New York with Melissa.
Both Melissa and Kathy opened up to PEOPLE about the challenges of living in the spotlight.
Melissa explained “When you sign up for reality TV, you give it your all, you give yourself to something. You just have to own up to who you are and what you are and how you live.”
Kathy chimed in saying,“We’re really the same people that we always have been. When you tell the truth, you can’t get caught. That’s the thing, some people live lies their whole life. We tell the truth.”
As for the Teresa and Joe Giudice’s legal issues playing out in the public eye, Melissa says “There’s no hiding. When you sign on that dotted line you know that’s what you’re doing, and that’s what we’ve done as a family together. We haven’t let it break us and we won’t let it break us.”
Thoughts on Melissa and Kathy’s interview? Are you happy to hear that Giudice-Gorga family is doing well and getting along?