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Melissa Gorga Reveals Her Worst Date Ever Was With Husband Joe Gorga; Says He Fell Asleep In the Middle of Dinner

Melissa Gorga STILL married Joe Gorga despite him falling asleep on their second date!

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star recently opened up about the worst date of her life, which went down with her now-husband during the early moments of their relationship.

“[Maybe it was] my first date ever with Joe Gorga? No, I’m sorry. It was my second date with Joe Gorga. ‘Cause [on] the first date he had me at his home and he made me a fake dinner — we can include that too,” she told Us Weekly. “He put all the food in the pots and pans that he ordered from the Italian restaurant down the street and swore he cooked it all.”

She later figured out that Joe was lying when she realized the meal was similar to food served at a local restaurant.

“That was, you know, A for effort,” she quipped. “[Then] there was our second date, where he worked so hard that I was sitting there just talking to him, and he literally fell asleep.”

Melissa explained she and Joe were at a “beautiful” restaurant when he decided to take a snooze.

“I was like, ‘Am I boring you? Or are you on drugs?’ Like, did I meet somebody who does drugs? You’re closing your eyes! I am not used to boring people. What is happening here? And he literally just nodded out while I was talking to him on my second date,” she shared.

Luckily Joe had a good excuse for falling asleep during dinner.

“He was like, ‘No, I got up at 5:30 this morning. I’m exhausted,’” Melissa recalled. “I was like, ‘Wow. I’ve never seen anyone nod out on me before. That’s a first.’”

As for why she gave Joe a third chance, Melissa said, “I just liked him a lot, and he truly was really tired. He was exhausted. I know his schedule. He works. He still works like a dog, to be honest.”

Meanwhile, Joe and Melissa’s relationship is doing “much better” after a year of marital woes featured on RHONJ.

“I know we’re been married for 16 years, but we are still learning each other. There’s different turning points, I would say, in marriages,” she said last month. “Joe is not big on change, and he likes things to stay the same. He likes to know that everything’s going to be intact, and probably, that’s what makes him a great husband. But for me, I’m all about change right now.”

Season 12 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey is expected to premiere on Bravo in late 2021.

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