The fracture between the Gorga/Giudice family intensified on the February 28 episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
While at Teresa Giudice and Louie Ruelas‘ housewarming party, Melissa Gorga had an awkward interaction with her nieces, Gia and Gabriella Giudice.
Turns out Melissa hasn’t seen her nieces in over six months, yet wonders why things are uncomfortable between them.
“Every time my mom and Zio Joe have drama, automatically the kids get separated,” Gia explained in her confessional interview. “Like, a wall just goes up.”
Melissa also acknowledged the coldness between her and her nieces before claiming they “have hate” in their hearts for her and her husband Joe Gorga.
“It’s just sad because I truly love the girls deep down inside, and I know they have hate for us. I know they do. It’s terrible. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody.”
Later on in the evening, Teresa and Louie thanked their guests for attending.
“You guys are our chosen family,” Teresa gushed. “Everyone here is really special to us, so thank you so much for coming. We love you from the bottom of our hearts. I wouldn’t want anyone else here but you guys.”
Of course, Melissa pretended to be hurt by Teresa’s alleged diss telling Margaret Josephs and Jackie Goldschneider, “This is Joe’s only family member, and he’s not here. That f–king sucks.”
She then ran off to the bathroom and cried.
“At certain times, I try to be strong for Joe, but I have my own breaking points,” Melissa said in her confessional. “I just don’t get it, these subtle digs. Like her ‘chosen family’ now. What about all of the people who have been here for so many years when she was away, driving the girls to dance? I was the one pulling up to her house. That all means nothing, and I know that Joe’s at home very upset.”
Now, Teresa is clarifying her “chosen family” comment and insists she wasn’t trying to be shady at all. She also addresses Melissa crying.
“Why would it upset [her]? I was saying everybody there was my chosen family. Like, I was thanking them for coming,” Teresa told Access Hollywood. “I consider them family; they’re my closest friends. The only family member I have is my brother, and he wasn’t there. And Melissa’s my family, but I didn’t think I said anything bad.”
As for that “chosen family” comment, Teresa said she didn’t come up with it and only used it after hearing a friend say it at another gathering.
“I went to another party… she said a speech, and she said, ‘I want to thank my family for being here, and everyone else here is my chosen family,’” she explained.
“I got so taken from that,” Teresa added.
Meanwhile, a never before seen scene between Gia and Gabriella has been revealed. In the scene, the two explain that they have no memory of Melissa being there for them when their mom was in prison.
They also discuss how their dad, Joe Giudice’s family helped them out all the time but never felt the need to brag about it.
“Credit shouldn’t be given where it’s not earned, I feel,” Gabriella tells her mom and Louie. “And also rest in peace, but Doona and Nono are like dad’s family, like flaunt that they were there for us? They don’t.”
Gia adds: “If you were genuinely there for someone, it just should feel good in your heart.”
“It would leave. Impression,” Louie notes.
“Gabriella, I don’t know, maybe if she did one thing, I don’t know. I don’t even remember,” Gia admits. Gabriella admits she also doesn’t remember.
Gia continues, “But yeah, the fact is, I don’t remember exactly. I just find that so offensive on so many levels because it’s completely false.”
“Like no matter what dad’s side of the family, they were there for us with every little thing. It didn’t matter. Say dad’s side of the family really didn’t like you. That would never stop them from coming to the house and being there for us. Like, dad wouldn’t lie to you either. If your brother was really showing effort, dad would be like, ‘Tre, your brother really has been really good to the girls. He’s been really nice,'” Gia explains.
Teresa notes that Joe and Melissa “couldn’t stand” her ex-husband “at the time” however, Gia points out that it shouldn’t have stopped them from being there for her and her sisters.
See the scene below!
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Tuesdays at 9 pm on Bravo.