“Teresa Giudice is a totally different human now than she even was a year ago,” a source close to production tells HollywoodLife. “This season of RHONJ was very different for her as she really tried to not get wrapped up in the drama. She’s got her own real-life drama to deal with, so she really wanted to get along with everyone.”
The insider continues: “[Teresa] has butted heads with Jackie and always has her tiffs with sister-in-law Melissa [Gorga], but at the end of the day, her life is juicy enough right now. She didn’t need to fight with anyone to make the show better.”
The RHONJ OG recently shocked fans when she commented on Jackie’s Instagram. Teresa added fire and heart emojis under Jackie’s recent #OOTD photo.
Jackie responded to Teresa’s comment with a heart emoji before replying to one fan, “people can be civil, right?”
“Teresa commented on Jackie’s Instagram as a genuine gesture. She doesn’t hate her,” the source explains.
However, don’t get confused and think that Teresa and Jackie are BFFs because they are not.
“Does [Teresa] like Jackie? No,” the source clarifies. “Will she be cordial, civil and kind? Yes, because she’s in a different place in her life.”
Jackie reportedly reached out to Teresa amid her husband, Joe Giudice’s deportation battle.
“Jackie has let her know, like the other cast [members], that she is here for her and feels for her. And Teresa does appreciate that.”
As for Teresa, she plans to keep her relationship with Jackie professional.
“She won’t utilize [Jackie] because they aren’t friends, but they are co-workers. They tolerate each other and Jackie found Teresa’s comment kind. Teresa’s real-life situation has softened her tremendously and changed her a lot.”
Meanwhile, fans got their first look at season 10 of RHONJ in a clip released by Bravo.
— RHONJ (@BravoIsLife) June 18, 2019
The Real Housewives of New Jersey will return to Bravo later this year.