Melissa Gorga brought along an adorable sidekick while promoting her new book this weekend: daughter Antonia.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star was at Bookends book store in Ridgewood to sign copies of "Love, Italian Style" and pose for photos. Melissa and Antonia hammed it up together for the cameras, both inside the store and outside.
Teresa was accompanied by her mother, Antonia Gorga, and her mother-in-law, Filomena Giudice, at the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania. After that appearance, she headed off to Niagra Falls for another casino book signing and cooking demonstration.
Teresa Tweeted: “Tonight I’m going to be at the Parx Casino in Philly! Who’s coming? xx”.
Did any readers near Philadelphia attend the event?
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While talking to the Hollywood Life, Melissa discusses the toll the Gorga/Giudice feud has had on Teresa’s daughter Gia. “Gia’s different, but the kids are still young enough where they don’t know what’s going on [between Teresa and I],” states Melissa, adding that things between her and Teresa are actually OK at the moment, but more on that below.
And when it comes to Ashley Holmes’ volatile relationship with her mother Jacqueline, Melissa actually defends Ashley, 20.“I’ve never seen a bad thing out of Ashley,” Melissa explains. “She’s very respectful to me, to all adults around her.”
“It’s that time of her life, she’s kind of not sure where she wants to be or what she wants to do and it’s a little frustrating for Jacqueline,” adds Melissa, also saying that if she ever has to experience something similar with her now six-year-old daughter Antonia, she’ll hope to work through it. “I want to show her that I’m her friend, but I also want to be her mother. I don’t want her to hate me, but I want her to respect me.”
What is clear is that Melissa will not hesitate to take parenting pointers from the one and only Caroline Manzo! “I look at her and I see a lot of my family with them,” Melissa says of The Caroline. “I love Mama Caroline!”
Melissa also discusses her new single “On Display,” which is currently available for purchase on iTunes. She explains what the song is really all about: “It’s about being on display in your everyday life. It’s your first day at your new job, people are looking at you and watching you… People are looking at you, they’re waiting for you to do something wrong, but you’re not going. You’re standing tall.”
When asked which housewife she would most like to do a duet with, Melissa is smart enough to name the only talented housewife RHOA’s Kandi Burruss!
And in a separate interview with UsWeekly, Melissa reveals that Teresa actually likes her new single, while also opening up some more about the current state of their relationship citing some days are better than others.
“Sometimes it’s awkward. When we watch the show things are said that we had no idea were even said,” says Melissa. “The kids had a play date recently. Are we best friends or together every single day? No. But we try for the kids. At the end of the day we’re family and we are going to be throwing birthday parties and we are going to be at family dinners here and there.”
And speaking of Teresa, she has yet to update her twitter page since last Sunday, Aug. 28, the same day Bravo aired the RHONJ episode which showed her husband Joe Giudice using a gay slur. Bravo has also yet to post the housewives latest blogs but the minute Teresa defends responds to the episode and/or Joe’s comments, we’ll be sure to let you know!
Finally, following her move to Los Angeles over a week ago, Ashley Holmes posted some new pictures of her apartment on her blog. Those pics are below!
No new episode of the RHONJ will air tonight. The show returns with a new episode next week.
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In the twitter interview organized by Celebuzz yesterday, Teresa revealed her regrets in doing the RHONJ, talked about those pesky divorce rumors regarding her and hubby Joe Giudice, and also revealed if she’s really planning to have more children.
When a fan asked Teresa if she regrets doing the RHONJ, she gave a surprising reply of yes. “Gonna be honest, I’m thankful for the blessings it brought but yes, I do regret it esp when they cast my family :(,” wrote Teresa adding, “I would never have done the show if I thought it would be me & my inlaws. No fame or opport is worth it. #family1st.” This isn’t the first time Teresa has made mention of the show’s adverse effects on her family though she has yet to mention any desire to leave the show.
When it comes to her marriage with hubby Joe – some tabloids have them divorcing – Teresa revealed they are doing great. “We are great, thank u! the stuff in the tabloids ab us divorcing is complete BS. our family is together & happy xx,” she wrote. So can we expect a new Giudice baby in the future, a son to be precise based on last week’s In Touch cover story featuring Teresa? Well she reveals uncertainty. “I’d love a boy and I know Joe would too but I think I’m done. If it happens it happens, but 4 is enough!”
Teresa also shared she is currently working on her third cookbook. As for her favorite housewives series other than the NJ series of course, Teresa reveals she’s a fan of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. “Love Lisa & Kyle,” she added.
In other NJ news, last week Teresa’s sis-in-law Melissa Gorgarevealed her 5-year-old daughter Antonia Gorga will be making her acting debut in a Snazaroo commercial on the Nickelodeon network. Melissa also posted photos of her 3 kids visiting the Jersey Boardwalk this weekend. Those pics are below!
And this week, Teresa also revealed her daughter Gia Giudice participated in a dance competition in Florida during which she came in first place. Teresa blogged, “Gia and I are finally home from Florida. We had such a great time and she did so great! She won 1st place and got 5 stars for her team, then she got 4-1/2 stars out of 5 for her personal routine which she only learned in February.” Photos of Teresa with Gia below!
And finally, below is a video of the NJ Housewives, Caroline, Teresa & Melissa, during their appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly last Friday -
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We reported earlier this week that a source told us there was a rift between the ladies, but little did we know just how bad this rift was. Thanks to Melissa, who seems rather ballsy, we can now bring you more details of this feud. The source, who sent us the photos of Melissa, also sent us some facebook postings the 31-year-old housewife and mother of three has made on her facebook page within the past year.
Here’s what Melissa posted on her FB page on December 28, 2009 -
“Finds it amazing how you can bring Christmas cookies to someones house, then go back there again the next day after Christmas b/c of a different celebration, and the woman of the house picks up some cookies and says to you, “these are the k…ind of cookies I like, when you come to my house bring these cookies, I threw out the ones that you brought, did you get them from A & P” a supermarket”, NO I replied, I got them from Corrados, an excellent Italian shop, that we all know and love. And I’m pregnant so those caught my eye and I bought them, then she replied, “I threw them in the garbage I don’t like those kinds of cookies” NOTE TO SELF: I should have said, ” Well they are better then the NOTHING THAT YOU BRING TO MY HOUSE EVERY EASTER!! How can someone be so rude, and always want to attack someone else, what could it be, HMMMMM! I think I might know but I wont go there. I think some people need to come back to plant earth, Oh I forgot, she also let everyone know Last night, AND I QUOTE ” I AM A CELEBRITY” I’ve been quiet for so long but now you’ve pushed me right over the edge! RIGHT OVER IT!!”
Whoa! After getting some supporting messages from friends, Melissa then added, “I feel a little better, I was really upset and hurt so I just said it, not usually my personality, but don’t push a pregnant woman! Thanks for the kind words!”
And it doesn’t end there folks! Melissa also accuses Teresa of using her mother as a nanny! The following post was made on March 26, 2010 -
“I agree I hate when people say I don’t need a nanny I do everything myself, & their mother is there everyday!!!!”
Teresa has mentioned on many occasions that she doesn’t have a nanny and does everything herself. And Melissa is not the only one getting the cold shoulder from Teresa, it seems the rift extends to Teresa and her brother as well. The following was posted April 23, 2010 when a friend asked Melissa if she and Teresa’s brother Joe Gorga would be making an appearance on the show.
“We were at some of the parties but she really didn’t do any thing with her brother or his family….”
There you have it folks, straight from the horse’s mouth or posts rather. As of September 2nd, when the source sent us these messages, Melissa had yet to delete her posts. Must say this chick has a lot of balls. We like!
As for what might have caused the feud between Teresa and Melissa, a source tells RadarOnline the two have always been in competition, before adding that “Melissa will stand up to her on TV. She’s a nice woman, but Melissa will give her a run for her money if Teresa busts her balls.”
A source also tells us exclusively that Melissa’s daughter Antonia is into modeling and acting, similar to Teresa’s daughter Gia, which might also be a reason for their competition.
So how does Teresa, 38, feel about her sis-in-law-nemesis joining the show? Well if Teresa’s reaction on the Today Show wasn’t evident enough that she is none too pleased about the news, RadarOnline reports she absolutely does not want to be on the show with Melissa, but unfortunately for her, Bravo has made their choice.
The question on everyone’s mind now seems to be what is the real deal with Melissa and hubby Joe’s finances? As reported earlier this week, Melissa reportedly lives a very extravagant lifestyle, one that puts Teresa’s lifestyle to shame. A source told Radar that Melissa’s house is twice the size of the Giudices and that she has two live-in nannies! And we ask, why does one need two live-in nannies?
What stood out about the Gorgas is the statement that “Melissa’s husband used to have a landscaping business and then he got into real estate.” As we all know, the real estate market took a major dive in recent years, which is leading many to wonder if the Gorgas might be having financial troubles.
While there is no bankruptcy news to report on the Gorgas, we can confirm that their custom built 2009 home was listed for sale earlier this year. The 13,500 sqft home, with 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, was listed for $4.1 million, and was only taken off the market just days ago. This has us wondering why a financially stable Gorga family would be trying to sell a custom built home that they just moved into a year ago.
There are also rumblings of liens being put on the Gorgas’ home, but the only thing we found is that they have a $2.25 mortgage loan on the house and pay over $50,000 a year in property taxes alone.
Below are more photos of Melissa, who seems to be a party girl/housewife, as well as photos of the Gorgas’ mansion.