Melissa Gorga is keeping busy during quarantine by making TikTok’s, being a traditional Housewife, and trying to keep her fashion boutique Envy by Melissa Gorga afloat.
In March, the RHONJ cast started filming season 11, but Bravo quickly halted production due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We kind of started but didn’t get to finish,” Melissa said. “So, we’re just on hold right now.”
“We’re on hold, I mean, what could you do? I’ve seen the girls virtually. We’ve had a glass of wine, but you can’t really do much. I mean, what’s Housewives without restaurants and vacations?” she added.
The current pandemic has not only affected Melissa’s reality TV career; it’s also impacted her NJ-based boutique Envy, which has temporarily closed.
Melissa says she’s thankful for the store’s strong online presence, which is currently helping to keep the business afloat.
“You know, it’s so sad for all these businesses, but I’m very lucky that I have a big online following,” she said. “I know a lot of people don’t have money right now and the extra money to spend.”
“We’re suffering just like everyone else, but I [think] more than half of our business is taken away,” Melissa continued.
“He was so loved. Everybody loves Nonno; everybody loves Nonno,” Melissa said fondly.
Melissa said that the response from fans, family, and friends over Giacinto’s passing was overwhelming and heartwarming for the family.
“I’m speaking on behalf of Joe, Teresa, and I,” Melissa said, “thank you so much to everyone who loved him.”
Although they were forced to keep the ceremony small for Giacinto’s funeral, they were able to get together and say goodbye as a family.
“It was sad because anyone who is, you know, passing away during the time of the corona is scary,” Melissa explained. “We were all able to be there, and you know, I think he would have rather have had it just me, Teresa and Joe and his grandchildren, and that’s who it was. It was sweet, it was very personal, and it was sad, though.”
Meanwhile, Melissa says she’s enjoying spending extra time with her kids, but admits being in lockdown with three kids isn’t easy.
“I mean, listen, it’s nice to spend the extra time with them, but like there’s gotta be an off button somewhere,” she laughed. “I have three. It’s a lot.”
When the RHONJ star isn’t busy making TikToks, she’s been cooking up a storm like in the early days of her marriage.
“I’m cooking back to when like, I first got married, and I was so into it, and I wanted to be a perfect little wife,” she said. “I’m back to that, but I told Joe don’t get too used to that because that’s not going to keep happening.”
Melissa says she’s also become a bit of a bookworm since being in isolation.
“I never read books before. I’m really not a big book reader [but] I’ve been reading books. Joe tells me he likes it because it’s keeping me quiet while he’s watching Ozark.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey will return to Bravo in late 2020 or early 2021.