Melissa Gorga’s conscience is clear after ending her friendship with sister-in-law and Real Housewives of New Jersey co-star Teresa Giudice.
“I truly feel like I have hit every avenue,” Melissa revealed to Dylan Hafer on Monday’s episode of Betches’ “Mention It All” podcast. “I have no guilt.”
The Envy boutique owner admits she feels “a little free” after she and Teresa made a pact to stop pretending they like each other at the RHONJ season 12 reunion.
“It’s OK to say that [Teresa and I] don’t have the best relationship, and I don’t feel guilty saying that because I tried really hard, and I know that I tried hard — for my in-laws and for [my husband] Joe [Gorga],” she continued.
“[My in-laws] are not here anymore, and now … it is sad to see [Joe] not have family,” Melissa added.
Melissa reveals that her final straw with Teresa came when she watched back their interactions during season one of the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip.
“When I went back and watched ‘Ultimate Girls Trip,’ I was watching some of the scenes they filmed Teresa and I together on the plane, and we were in the car, and I remember looking at her and genuinely saying, ‘This is exciting that we get to do this together and this is something fun. We’ll have these memories that we did something fun for when we get older,’” she explained.
Melissa noted that watching season 12 and her and Joe’s reunion drama with Teresa was the icing on the cake and cemented her decision to cut Teresa out.
“She kind of just rolled her eyes and looked at me,” Melissa added. “Between that and watching [this] season [of ‘RHONJ’], I just feel like I tried, and I’m good.”
While Melissa admits that she wants to have a “good relationship” with Teresa, she ultimately feels that her loyalty to the RHONJ OG has never been reciprocated.
“That was another thing I watched and thought, ‘I feel like I give up,’” she said.
Melissa says she hopes to never discuss her and Joe’s issues with Teresa on RHONJ again when it comes to moving forward with her sister-in-law.
“We are all, as a cast, sick of it,” she confessed. “Does anybody really wanna see Teresa, Melissa, and Joe argue and make up to break up? Just leave it alone!”
She explained, “I don’t care if we never talked about it again. You have me all f–ked up, and you got it twisted. I don’t want to talk about Teresa or the family, never again if it was up to me.”
Teresa has publicly apologized to Joe for her behavior at the reunion and admitted she “lost” herself.
Season 13 of RHONJ is set to begin production on Monday, May 23. It will be curious to see what happens between Teresa, Joe, and Melissa throughout season 13.
RHONJ will return for season 13 in late 2022 or early 2023.
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Source: Page Six