It’s never easy being the husband of one of the Real Housewives, especially in Jersey where the men always seem to get sucked into the drama more often than not.
Chris Laurita is no stranger to dealing with the drama between his wife Jacqueline Laurita and her Real Housewives of New Jersey co-stars, but it seems that this season the drama between the ladies has taken a toll on Chris’ friendships with both Joe Giudice and Joe Gorga.
In a new interview with The Daily Dish, Chris reveals that it hasn’t been easy watching Jacqueline’s intense interactions with her co-stars.
“Yeah, it’s been a very difficult season. Jacqueline is very big on people being truthful with her, and if you’re gonna try and establish or re-establish a friendship with her, she just needs to know that it’s real. And the second that she feels like it’s not, she gets really discouraged, and she puts her guard up,” Chris explains. “Obviously, I’m her husband, and I sleep with her every night. I’ve seen what she had to go through this year, and it was a very tough year for her because you find yourself, you always find yourself in a defensive position because you have to defend the truth. You kind of got to speak the truth, and when you speak the truth, sometimes people don’t like to hear it.”
While many fans have accused Jacqueline of intentionally stirring the pot during season 7, Chris has another theory saying that he believes Melissa and Teresa made up and made a pact to “back each other up no matter what” and “go after whoever got in their way” which turned out to be Jacqueline.
“Jacqueline was the one that was being attacked, especially in Vermont. We honestly went to that dinner that night thinking we were gonna have a nice conversation or thinking at least have an opportunity to let Jacqueline tell her side of the story. That is not what happened. We walked in, and she was immediately under attack. It wasn’t a very good place for us to be. That’s why we left,” Chris said.
Despite the drama between the ladies, Chris believes that he and the Joes have been able to navigate the their friendships while remaining loyal to their wives. “Well, I think for guys, it’s a lot easier to talk it out. It doesn’t take as much time to talk it out. Within 20 minutes, you kind of said what you had to say, and you move on from it. I think it’s different for the women. I think they hold grudges. It’s kind of like the guys can just tell you what time it is, where I think the women on this show kind of tell you how to build a watch. And it’s two different approaches.”
However, Chris does admit that this season’s drama has caused rifts in his friendships with the Joes. “It definitely has impacted my relationship with both Joes. There’s no question about it. But it’s not because I walked away because I had to. I walked away because I wanted to. I walked away because I didn’t like the way they were treating us, nevermind just my wife. It was a decision that I made for my own reasons.”
Chris does hope that he can be back on friendlier terms with the Joes one day. “I never say never. If you look at what happened with Joe [Gorga] and Teresa, their relationship was rockier than I think anyone’s relationship has ever been on the show. It actually got violent between the two Joes, and look at the way it is now. If that can turn around, then anything can turn around.”
“It’s very, very simple. It all comes down to people taking responsibility for their actions. And people being able to talk about it and truly mean what you’re saying and then move on. That’s all it takes. But I just don’t think that there are people on this show that have the ability to do that,” Chris explains.
I was so sad during the season when Joe Giudice and Chris were put in the middle of their wives drama again. I think these two have a genuine friendship and affection for each other. Hopefully they can eventually be friends again, even if Teresa and Jacqueline can’t be.