The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 12 reunion has been a doozy for far, and we’re only one episode in!
Teresa Giudice and sister-in-law Melissa Gorga went at it during part one of the reunion.
The RHONJ OG finally admitted, what every Bravo fan has known for years, that she and Melissa aren’t close. Family, sure but friends, not so much.
“This is the thing, honey; we’re not close. Like, you’re my sister-in-law, but we’re not close,” Teresa said before adding that she’s super close to her fiance Louie Ruelas’ sisters, which is why they are part of her bridal party.
“Yes, I speak to them all the time,” she noted.
“My heart’s beating [fast] right now because it’s kind of sad for me,” Melissa clapped back. “It’s just that we have a lot of memories, even if we’re not close.”
She then noted how much she helped Teresa’s mom and her ex-husband, Joe Giudice, with their four daughters while she was away in prison for a year.
“When you were away, I was the one helping your mother pick up your girls and bringing them to [their school] dance; you remember that?” Melissa asked.
“There was a lot I’ve done, so please don’t take that away from me,” she continued. “We have history, honey, me and you, and I love you very much, and I’m happy for you. But I think you should remember what family is.”
Teresa replied, “I don’t feel close to you, like, that’s the thing.” Melissa then notes that must be why she, Joe Gorga, and their kids were put at the friend’s table during Teresa and Louie’s engagement party.
Oh, but the drama didn’t stop there.
As the bridesmaid talk continued, Melissa pointed out that Teresa was a part of her bridal party. Teresa then called Melissa out for having her wedding while she was pregnant.
“[I was Melissa’s bridesmaid] when I was a month away from giving birth. I’m just saying, if she was a cool sister-in-law, she would have been like, ‘Let me wait until after you have the baby so we can party harder.’ Good sister-in-laws, wait!” Teresa told reunion host Andy Cohen.
Later in the reunion, Teresa struggled to remember a time she defended Melissa, even though she’s sure she has at some point.
It’s almost certain the family drama between Melissa, Teresa, and Joe will continue as the rest of the reunion plays out. If you missed all the tea about Joe and Teresa’s reunion squabble – get all the deets HERE.
I’d love to see this family get along. I really enjoy both Teresa and Melissa – so it’s so hard to see them at odds. I’m glad they finally admitted they have been faking being pals the last few years – we all saw it, but it would be nice to see them enjoy each other on and off the cameras.
Part two of the RHONJ season 12 reunion airs Tuesday, May 10, at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.