The Real Housewives of New Jersey is all about family. Teresa Giudice is the OG of NJ and her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, joined the show for season three. At first, they didn’t get along so well, and they went through a lot of ups and downs. There was a fiasco at a Christening and lots of drama at Posche fashion shows. However; they ended up being better than ever and became genuine friends. During the last season of the RHONJ though, they fought over some things and bickered back and forth. Teresa was not getting along with newbie Jackie Goldschneider, and Melissa developed a friendship with her. This caused some tension and explosions at the RHONJ reunion. Melissa said she is done with Teresa’s “double standards” now.
Melissa told ET, “I think this is just from growth and it could come with age, but I’m done with the double standards. It’s like, you’re gonna back Jennifer [Aydin] up, she’s gonna break a glass in my face and that’s gonna be fine, but Jackie [Goldscheider] can’t say one thing [about Teresa]? Like, I’m done with that. So I’m now calling Teresa out on anything she says to me that’s a double standard because I’m not here for it any longer, I’ve outgrown that.”
Melissa added that she’s been insulted a lot as well. She said, “There was a lot of things that I was insulted about that she talked about, family things also. I’m like, if we’re gonna lay it all out there, then it’s not gonna be a double standard. I’m also gonna lay it all out there.” Melissa said she came to this realization during the RHONJ reunion.
“Something about Teresa and reunions she gets crazy like somebody amps her up or gives her like a little special pill or something!” Melissa shared. However; Melissa said she isn’t taking crap from anyone anymore, including her husband, Joe Gorga. Melissa said, “I’m a different person now and I don’t take any crap from anybody anymore, not even my own husband.”
Melissa said the reunions are “brutal” but that you shouldn’t be mean. Teresa told reunion host Andy Cohen she no longer wanted to speak to her sister-in-law, which Melissa replied with her line, “Thank you, Jesus!” Melissa said she was confused about why Teresa came at her during the reunion. She stated, “I was in shock half the time. I was like, ‘Wait. What’s happening? We just ate pasta together like two days ago.'”
Melissa does feel the show helps them and their relationship, though. Melissa said, “I think the show sometimes helps us because I get so frustrated with her sometimes and I’m sure vice versa, that I want to be like, ‘I don’t want to call her again for like a year!’ But like, no, we have to go on vacation together soon, so it’s like, we’re gonna talk, which makes it better, as hard as this is to comprehend. It actually helps.”
At the end of the day, family is family. Blood is thicker than water. Melissa explained, “The truth is, [Teresa and I] are family. We do have kids that love each other, we do love each other, we care about each other. Do we agree on everything? No, but do I think we’re gonna be in each others lives forever? Yes.”
Family is the most important thing! The reunions are always explosive, but at the end of the day, Teresa and Melissa are family. I think they’ll always be able to work everything out now. They’ll never go back to that awful place that they were in during the earlier seasons. I like when Teresa and Melissa are getting along good because they actually have fun together! I’m rooting for their family.
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