The new season of New Jersey hasn’t even started – yet we can’t seem to stop talking about it. Former RHONJ OG Jacqueline Laurita has made headlines after responding to a viewers question on her take with the latest New Jersey drama.
Recently Melissa Gorga has been getting called out for lying and Jacqueline recently revealed Melissa is in fact a good liar and knows how to manipulate people.
Jacqueline even addressed Melissa’s relationship with her sister-in-law, Caroline Manzo. After being asked by @lovelovelovegabriela thoughts on Melissa’s friendship with Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline responded, “I think they are friendly acquaintances. Melissa always used to say Caroline was too old and boring for the show. (She’s not) She must have heard the rumor that Caroline may be going back to the show. Probably trying to form her alliances. Who knows.”
That’s when Melissa chimed in after reading up on it and claimed Jacqueline was lying saying, “not true – I love Caroline always have….” rigggghhhht.
We decided to reach out to Jacqueline and ask her if Melissa ever spoke poorly of Teresa and whether she thought Melissa ever even liked Teresa. Jacqueline was honest and told AllAboutTRH EXCLUSIVELY,
“I don’t know what’s pulling me to answer these questions when I usually stay silent. I love my quiet, private life. I just love to connect with fans. I typically only answer RHONJ questions randomly on my Instagram lives or in my own comment section. I have absolutely nothing to gain here but yet I feel pulled to respond.. I guess with the new RHONJ season airing soon, people are asking me a LOT of questions lately.
Let’s be clear…I have zero interest in going back on RHONJ. I live on the west coast anyway. As much as the girls trip sounds fun, I realistically don’t see how I could get a sitter for that amount of time for me to go on it. I’m not even here to bash Melissa. I’m just here honestly answering questions from fans…. because I’m an OG and I don’t have to silence myself just because I’m not filming anymore. I still have a lot of fans asking me questions.
So to answer your question truthfully, Yes, Melissa spoke poorly of Teresa when they appeared to be good, and no, I don’t believe she ever liked Teresa or wanted Teresa and I to be close again. Everyone was just playing the tv game.
I’ll give you one example of how Melissa was in my head. There are SO many more instances.
The night before we went to Vermont, Melissa was calling me several times during the night because she knew I filmed a dinner with Teresa, Joe, Chris, Dolores and a first date of hers. (It never aired). She wanted the scoop. (We often shared what we filmed that day…or so I thought. ) That night, Teresa and the rest of us had stayed out long after cameras went down. The truth is…we had a great night. It was a lot of fun. There were a lot of belly laughs! I enjoyed Teresa that night and it seemed genuine.
When I told Melissa about it, she acted weird and reminded me not to trust it because Teresa really hated me and I needed to remember that. I told her that she was probably right, but I’d rather have her fake it and be fun like that, rather than fighting with me.”
Jacqueline continued, “I believe Melissa was jealous that Teresa and I were getting along and she knew that producers were pushing for us to be friends again. That’s why I believe Melissa twisted the narrative on camera into steering the viewers into believing that I was the one jealous of their relationship. The truth is…I was never jealous of their relationship. I knew how they really felt about each other and I always told Melissa (& Teresa as well) to fake it until they make it work, if they don’t want to fight on camera and/or are unable to resolve it off camera. (I had to accept that “reality” wasn’t really “reality” on our show anymore.) Right after that, Teresa seemed to turn on me again. We were good that night at dinner and even right after I was mocking Robyn for trying to have her tv moment by coming after me. What happened after that, I still don’t know. Was someone in her ear too?
I was also upset and confused about the way Melissa turned her back on me on camera after I was a good and supportive friend to her. I felt used by her. She planted seeds that I was being paranoid, when she was the one paranoid and also making me feel paranoid with the things she would tell me. Melissa didn’t do that to me to be loyal to Teresa like some viewers thought, it was for how the fans would view her and to also keep a wedge between us. That’s when I realized who she really is and I had no interest in ever talking to her again from that day on. She did the same thing to her cousin Kathy so I should have known better.”
Jacqueline even clarified the 4 nose job comment saying, “It wasn’t her 4 nose jobs that I was calling out at the dinner. That was already obvious to everyone. Who cares that she did procedures. Everyone on the cast does stuff. The part you missed was that I was giving an example of how she can lie with a straight face, like she did when Andy Cohen asked her the first time on WWHL if she had a nose job and she lied straight to his face and said it was “contour”. I said “You and your 4 nose jobs” meaning…that’s how easy it is for her to lie with a straight face, as she was doing again that night in Vermont.
A lot of whole conversations are missed with editing and sometimes people’s reactions are to things you aren’t seeing or getting the complete picture of in that moment. That’s what happened in Vermont and countless other times. Enjoy the entertainment. Don’t take it so seriously.”
It’s nice to hear Jacqueline’s side of the story. Season seven ended so strangely that Jacqueline really never got to say what was on her mind.