In light of all the real-time drama of the past few days, I felt very sad watching last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey. Teresa, Kathy, The Joes, and Melissa all made-up and seemed to be working positively towards the future, but current drama lets us know it doesn’t last!
These women have sold their integrity and self-respect, and in the process destroyed their families and friendships for a small piece of fame and little bit of extra money. I hope it was worth it. And when no one remembers who they are, except for the fleeting memories of how they once appeared on our TV screens to embarrass themselves for amusement and some designer shoes; I hope the little bit of extra money they earned is at least enough to pay for their kids’ therapy. Lord knows, they’ll need it!
Full disclosure: I don’t believe Teresa set Melissa up. 1) I don’t believe she’s capable of masterminding something that involved. Or keeping it a secret long enough for it to pan out. 2) She seems to really love her brother. I do believe she wants a relationship with him at all costs. As to what happened, I suppose maybe time will tell, and maybe not.
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Days after a photo leaked online showing her husband Joe Giudice having dinner with his girlfriend a mystery woman, an article came out stating Teresa Giudice was laughing off the cheating rumors as she believed the woman in the photo was simply a family friend.
Well fast forward to today and an insider exclusively tells Reality Tea that is far from the case. According to the source, Teresa, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, is “a mess” and very “upset” over both the photo and the cheating rumors.
The insider reveals this isn’t the first time Teresa has had to deal with Joe’s questionable actions. “Teresa has accused him of infidelity many times over the years,” says the source. “Before she was on RHONJ, she expressed that to her family and friends.”
The insider adds that Teresa is definitely not laughing off the latest cheating rumors. “Joe isn’t so innocent and she knows it. She isn’t home laughing like Rob’s article said. She is a mess.”
As for the state of Teresa and Joe’s marriage, the insider adds that it is definitely not the happy go lucky union they try to portray on the In Touch Weekly magazine covers. “Joe cannot stand Teresa. The way he acts toward her on TV is the real deal,” says the source to Reality Tea. “Over the years Joe has been in some shady situations and his loyalty to Teresa has been questionable. He very frequently went to strip clubs and spent many late nights out with “the guys”. That is why when the show started Teresa was always talking about their sex life.” Ai ya ya.
The source adds that those close to the couple found it odd that Joe missed the Posche fashion show while his brother Pete Giudice attended the show with his wife Sheila Giudice. The photo of Joe with the mystery woman was snapped while the fashion show was going on.
For the time being the insider adds that Teresa is also “panicking” over Jacqueline’s recent tweets. As forJoe Gorga, he is said to be livid with Teresa and currently not speaking to her. Can’t say we blame him as more than one source has confirmed to us that Teresa was indeed in on the plan to try to expose Melissa Gorga as a past stripper. Except Melissa was never even a stripper.
Our insider supplied us with the below photo of Teresa with Pete Giudice and his wife Sheila at the Posche show. It is being rumored that Bravo is considering adding Sheila to the cast. Another fun fact? Sheila CANNOT stand Teresa!
Meanwhile Caroline Manzo is now speaking out on Jacqueline Laurita’s latest twitter rants in which she revealed her plans to quit the show. While a source confirmed to PEOPLE magazine days ago that Jacqueline had indeed quit, Caroline states not so fast.
As she participated in the Real Housewives Bravo tour in Atlantic City yesterday, Caroline shrugged off Jacqueline’s threats. “We have our good days and our bad days,” she explained to Wet Paint. “Every single one of us has felt like [leaving].”
Caroline warns fans of the show not to take Jacqueline’s tweets to heart: “Maybe [Jackie’s] in a funk now, and in two hours she’ll be like, ‘Hey, when are we filming next week?'” Interesting comments there by the Caroline. Jacqueline also posted a long message on her twitter page yesterday in an attempt to expose Teresa’s lies. A screenshot of that message is below.
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the RHONJ! On the 18th episode this season (the finale airs next week) titled “An Inconvenient Truce,” the wives continue their vacation in Punta Cana, but they discover the open-air market and streets can be hazardous (especially in heels). Back in the Garden State, Ashley considers getting a tattoo, and Caroline’s sons host a product-launch party. Also: Melissa prepares for an important performance. The new episode airs at 10/9c.
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A day after we reported on the drama that took place during the annual Posche Fashion Show on Tuesday night, we now have more details on what really went down thanks to an insider who was not only at the event, but is actually close with the cast members.
According to the insider, Monica Chacon was NOT at the event, and neither was Kim G. though the producers of the show wanted her there and even invited her. Kim G. however sensed the set up and declined the invite which in itself is quite shocking.
The insider reveals the drama all had to do with Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice. Apparently, Kim D. akaKim DePaola, who is the owner of the Posche Boutique, was attempting to expose Melissa's alleged past as a stripper during the fashion show. Even worse, Teresa was apparently in cahoots with Kim D. though she tried to play innocent in usual Teresa fashion.
"Teresa was involved in a rumor that started which stated Melissa was a stripper," the insider tells Reality Tea adding that "Melissa was never a stripper."
The insider continues, "Of course, once Teresa got caught, she [started] playing the blame game. Teresa and Kim D were part of this "set up" which is why Joe Gorga came at the end of the fashion show."
The above is the reason Joe Gorgawas extremely upset yesterday and tweeting up a storm about his sister. Joe tweeted Wednesday morning – “I thought the saying was blood is thicker than water. #BULLSHIT”. Upon arriving at the fashion show, Joe had it out with Kim D and had to be calmed down by Caroline.
The source reveals that Jacqueline Lauritaand Caroline Manzo are no longer on speaking terms with Teresa and that they only sat at the same table with her because Bravo made the cast sit together.
The insider also confirms Jacqueline did NOT attend yesterday's reunion as promised. Wowzers. In fact, PEOPLE magazine is reporting today that Jacqueline has officially quit the show after tweeting yesterday about her displeasure with the turn the show has taken. "Jacqueline [Laurita] definitely quit," a source tells PEOPLE. "She had to walk away for her sanity."
As for the stripper accusation, Melissa denied this on twitter. She wrote: "Fact: I was never a stripper… But have nothing against them."
Teresa, who passive aggressively encouraged Danielle Staub to leak out any information she had about Melissa weeks ago, also passive aggressively defended Melissa. Teresa tweeted – "And for the record: I don’t believe MG was a stripper but I wouldn’t care anyway. (I have lots of ex-stripper friends… ahem…)"
Our source however insists Teresa was in cahoots with new BFF Kim D. (she has alienated all of her costars) to expose Melissa's alleged stripper past, stating that Teresa and Kim D. even arrived at the fashion show together in an Escalade limo. The two had been filming all day together — at a spa and getting ready for the event.
And right after Teresa wrote her tweets yesterday including this particular one – "I don’t even wanna go there b/c I don't fight on twitter not w/ fans, not haters, not w/ mean RTs & def not w/ a friend (ahem) or my family!", Jacqueline responded making it 100% clear her tweets from yesterday about somebody being set up were indeed about Teresa setting up Melissa. Jacqueline wrote –
"I love the blame shifting when someone is caught in lies. Unbelievable… There is no real love there. Things aren't always what they seem. SOME people live a different life OFF camera then they do on. ( ahem)… You'll all see through the bullshit if you look closely enough. I think you all are pretty smart."
You gotta love the use of "ahem" aka the same word used by Teresa minutes before Jacqueline's tweets. Can you say so much drama?
And finally, RadarOnline is reporting today that Joe Giudice, Teresa's husband, was caught having a friendly dinner with another woman on Tuesday night – the same night the Posche drama was going down. In fact the site obtained a photo (posted below) of Joe with the other woman, who is described as being "in her late 20s or early 30s.”
And eyewitness tells Radar: “They were drinking martinis and when the woman finished hers she took a sip out of Joe’s glass too. They looked like they were having a good time together and laughing with each other." The source adds that after a waiter brought the two wet naps the woman opened hers and “wiped Joe’s hands off with hers."
"It was really intimate to see her touching his hands like that," states the eyewitness adding that Joe and the other woman "looked very comfortable and cozy together." Ai ya ya. That photo of Joe with the mystery lady is below. Unfortunately for Tre, this isn't the first time Joe has been spotted out with another woman.
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Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice seems to be fighting with everyone these days. Last week’s episode contained an explosive fight with Kathy Wakile, it looks like theManzos no longer consider the Giudices “like family”, Jacqueline Laurita is over the petty nonsense, and Teresa just can’t stop saying negative things about people! But in her defense, it appears no one else can stop saying negative things about her either!
A quick peek at Teresa’s Bravo blogs confirms that Teresa is annoyed with everyone and perhaps a real rift is developing between Teresa and Caroline!
In a recent blog, Teresa addresses the book signing and subsequent text drama between her husband and her brother, Joe Gorga. And after stating that it “meant so much to her that her brother and Melissa and Kathy and Richie” all came to her book signing, Teresa goes onto complain that it took them so long to get there! “I had dozens of book signings all summer long and into the fall. The book signing they all came to was at the end of January. That’s a long time not to come out and support me, no? I talked to my whole family about them all the time. It was a big deal to me and I was hoping they would come.”
Taking the high road as always, she let’s us know that her brother and Melissa don’t care about her best-selling cookbooks, “I never got one public congrats. Not one. (I still haven’t…) For the record, I have congratulated Melissa and my brother for her song on Twitter several times and I’m happy to do it here on my blog as well: Congrats to both of you!” Passive aggressive much, Tre?
In defense of Joe Giudice’s rude texts and drunken anger, Teresa reiterates that he believed Joey’s attendance at the signing “was to look good on the show.” She goes on to point out that she hopes that was not the case, because “we’re all working on getting to a better place now.” So, writing snarky comments on a nationally published network blog isn’t going to further strain an already tumultuous relationship?
Responding to Caroline’s comments about Gia’s heartbreaking song to her family at Melania’s birthday party, Teresa insists “ She’s not screaming out in pain or whatever Carolinesaid. She’s a normal ten-year-old girl who’s creative and passionate.”
Teresa also addresses that she was “surprised” to hear Caroline and her kids speaking negatively about her and her books. “I had no idea they did that. I’ve always adored Caroline’s whole family and have never said a word about them, so it was a little shock.” She does admit that the Manzo family likes “to laugh a lot and they have silly senses of humor,” concluding that, “Life’s too short to take offense to the small things!”
And after last week’s trip to Punta Cana, both Teresa and Kathy both have plenty to say about that little fight they got into regarding how Teresa may or may not be a negligent parent and Kathy may or may not have been intentionally insulting her.
Teresa states her reason for verbally lashing out at Kathy on the beach, in a blog entitled “Go Time”, goes a little something like this: “I had never gotten to talk to Kathy about her comment about Audriana being left unattended, and yeah, it bothered me a lot. She got her little dig in about detaching from my children, and it gave me a chance to finally ‘go there.’ “
“It might seem like Kathy’s comment to me about detaching from her children was innocent, but believe me, I know my cousin. I’ve known her a long time.” Reacting to gossip that Caroline and Jacqueline might be taking Melissa and Kathy’s sides against some of the pettyness, she asserts:”I get that the Manzos and Lauritas don’t know this about her, but I know how she is. She likes to give little subtle digs that hit people where she knows it will hurt them.”
Kathy, who meant it when she said she wasn’t backing down, strikes back calling Teresa out as being the reason their relationship has deteriorated!
“What happened to moving forward, not rehashing the past, and staying positive? Why do you insist on pointing fingers about something that happened six months ago?”
And then Kathy accuses Teresa of having “issues”! “Don’t keep holding me responsible for your inability to see things for what they really are. She obviously has some unresolved issues and once again mishears, misunderstands, and puts her own spin on it.” Those are some fightin’ words, Kath!
In more positive Kathy news, she recently did an interview with The Celebrity Café about the future of her catering company and, in typical housewives fashion, the other business ventures she has on the horizon.
“We are having to hold on catering for now. We are still looking at different options,” Kathy explained. And revealing what those options may be, she confesses: “I’m really working on getting a line out of desserts that people respond to. It may be a retail store.”
When asked if she had thoughts on doing a cookbook, Kathy disclosed: “I would love to put a cookbook out one day, but first I want to make sure that it’s something I’m really behind.” Ok, so reading between the lines, that means expect one on bookshelves next year!
Finally; The lady who wants to repay her creditors the old-fashioned way by, you know, sending them a check, has just become the new face of PearlBrite! Teresa released the following statment about the partnership: “I am excited to be part of this innovative teeth whitening solution that offers great results at an affordable price for the consumer and an amazing business opportunity for the individual or business owner. As a shareholder and devoted user of the company products I see a bright and profitable future for all of us.”
Teresa has inked a three-year endorsement deal with the company, for which she is also a shareholder. PearlBrite stated: “We are very excited to have Teresa as a shareholder, spokesperson and friend of the company and believe the relationship will bring great opportunity for growth.” And for those of you who may want to go into business with the Giudices, PearlBrite is a network marketing company with many opportunities available!
Sadly, for those of you dying to see Melissa’s singing debut there will be no new episode of RHONJ tonight, but the show resumes it’s never-ending season next week at it’s regularly scheduled time!
Thoughts on Teresa’s Bravo Blogs – is she defending herself or starting the dramz? Thoughts on Kathy’s newest baking venture – would you buy her products? What do you think of Teresa’s new PearlBrite deal?
Well, I’m excited to finally report some positive news concerning Teresa Giudice’s finances!
As you recall, on Monday the Real Housewives of New Jersey star’s husband, Joe Giudicewithdrew his bankruptcy filing after controversy over allegations the Giudices had lied about their assets and income at the time of filing. Joe was at risk of facing criminal prosecution related to bankruptcy fraud. Teresa still potentially faces those charges, as she has yet to withdraw her filing, although sources report she is planning to.
Now, onto the positive! In a new interview for PEOPLE, Teresa’s attorney Jim Kridel reports “Teresa and Joe are happy about this,” and Teresa feels ” ‘vindicated’ to be voluntarily paying her remaining debts rather than have them discharged in bankruptcy court. (They will move to settle the case later this week.).” Wait – what?! Did I read that correctly?! Why, yes, yes I did.
Mr Kridel continues “Teresa has always wanted to be able to say that she paid her creditors.” The Giudices however had a hard time doing that as they owed a seemingly insurmountable amount of money related to multiple mortgages on several inner city apartment buildings, bills for building materials, and the balances on their various credit cards which accumulated to about $11M in debt according to their bankruptcy filing.
“Almost all the debt in the bankruptcy was Joe’s debt,” Kridel claims. Apparently, the smaller debts and credit card bills, which totaled around $100,000, were attributed to Teresa, and her lavish spending and out of control need for anything covered in glitter, lace, or marble, who “wanted to pay,” however once the Giudices filed bankruptcy their creditors were not allowed to be paid “preferentially.”
The article explains that as of now several of the banks have been repaid from the sale of the apartment buildings listed as a liability in their bankruptcy filing and Joe has also paid the $586,000 claim against him from his former business partner through a building’s sale; leaving the Giudice’s remaining debts “within a manageable range.”
With her many business ventures (including a make-up line and bottled cocktail) Teresa is no longer completely broke. Teresa “may not be able to pay all [her creditors] with one check, but she can pay them back. She wants to do the right thing,” her lawyer articulates. No word if Joe is currently employed, but at least his wife is bringing home the bacon and attempting to spend it wisely!
According to Kridel, who gave this interview with dollar signs in his eyes, “The cost of litigation might exceed what she owes.” Well, hopefully they won’t default on that bill…
Do you believe Teresa that she wants to repay her debts? Are you as shocked as I am that she supposedly wants to do the right thing? If Teresa does, in fact, repay her creditors the old-fashioned way would this give you a more positive opinion of her?
Exactly two years after filing bankruptcy in 2009, to the tune of $11 million in debt, Joe Giudicewithdrew his bankruptcy filing on Monday in a New Jersey court.
The NJ Star-Ledger was the first to break the shocking news regarding the Real Housewives of New Jerseystar. So why did Joe abandon his bankruptcy bid? Well it all has to do with the accusations levied against him and his wife Teresa Giudiceby their bankruptcy trustee John Sywilok.
About a year after they initially filed, the trustee accused them of hiding assets, and concealing income amongst other things. The Giudices were accused of concealing assets including three vehicles, a boat, properties in Hillside, the family pizzeria, a laundromat and apartments. Teresa was also accused of hiding income including a $250,000 advance she received for her bestselling book “Skinny Italian.”
While in court, Joe abandoned his quest to have his millions of dollars in debts forgiven in federal bankruptcy court. The Ledger reports the change of heart came after he invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination during questioning by the trustee for his creditors about assets, income and business interests he is accused of hiding from the court.
The judge signed off on the settlement between Joe and the trustee. The court order reads, “The defendant Giuseppe Giudice acknowledges his desire to resolve the matter without the need for further inquiry or litigation, and without making any further admissions.”
However, the agreement signed by Joe does not apply to Teresa. Though it’s likely Teresa, who has been raking in the dough since filing bankruptcy, will end up dong the same.
So why did Joe make this decision? More than likely to avoid future criminal prosecution. Joe and Teresa were scheduled to face trial over the bankruptcy fraud leveled against them. If they had been found to be in the wrong during that trial, the next steps would have been a criminal case.
“They are really cracking down on bankruptcy fraud,” said bankruptcy lawyer Leonard C. Walczyk. “It is a real hot issue.”
So to sum this up, Joe is now responsible for millions of dollars of debt while Teresa’s bankruptcy case is still working its way through the court system. The trustee is still opposing her discharge of debt. A bankruptcy lawyer reveals Joe would still be responsible for their joint debts even if a judge absolves Teresa’s liability.
As stated, it’s likely Teresa will end up following in Joe’s footsteps, you know, if she wants to avoid criminal prosecution and/or prison.
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In the never-ending saga that is the Real Housewives of New Jersey, the gang heads to Punta Cana and it’s more of the same: drunken antics, terrible trashy clothing, and bickering. To borrow a phrase from the one, the only Juicy: “Shut UP!”
Preparing for a luxurious 5-day kid-free stay in Punta Cana on Bravo’s dime, at The Gorga Marble Compound, Joe, after stuffing his children in a suitcase, begins personally inspecting all Melissa’s stripper bikinis by sniffing the crotch. In front of his mother-in-law and his children he is sniffing the crotch of his wife’s bathing suit while she dangles another hoochie mama confection in front of his face.
At the Giudice marble mansion, Teresa has raided the Victoria’s Secret Swimsuit Catalog from 1993 and is packing every sequined string bikini in the land. Melania takes this opportunity to assault and batter both her sisters. Um… where is Gabriella? Was she taken away by family services or something – I haven’t seen her all season. Maybe she’s already too embarrassed to be participating in this show. Joe promises to try and have a good time – Gia echos what we’re all thinking when she gives him a disbelieving look.
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After 11-years of marriage, three of which they spent torturing us through the television, Teresa and Joe decided they needed to prove to America that, despite all the arguments and legal issues and embarrassing situations, they are still oh-so in love by staging an elaborate vow renewal complete with an over-the- top Pnina Tournai wedding gown.
In a new interview, Teresa explains why she picked the pricey gown! “On our wedding day, I wore a gown that looked like Princess Diana’s, she describes to In Touch Weekly. “This time I wanted a gown that cost a crazy amount of money!”
Teresa tried on dozens of gowns at Kleinfeld Bridal (of Say Yes To The Dress-fame) in NYC to find the perfect re-wedding dress, explaining: “It’s not so easy to find the perfect gown a second time!”
After an exhaustive search trying on a series of hideous, garish, multi-thousand dollar dresses including: a princess ballgown, because apparently her daughters refer to their mom as “Cinderella with brown hair,” a horrific prom-style mini dress she dubbed “so Madonna in the ‘80’s,” and feathered confection that made her “feel like a Muppett;” Teresa finally settled one so over-the-top it belongs in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding!
“They didn’t used to make dresses like this,” Teresa exclaimed of her elaborate new gown. Oh, and did I mention it cost a whopping $25,100 and the veil cost $1,140? Minor details! “I wanted something no one else has,” she explained of her reasoning behind trying to upstage Dina Manzo’s million dollar wedding spending a zillion dollars on a duvet masquerading as a dress.
Wasn’t Teresa just quoted as saying: “The love you put into a party shows how extravagant it is.” Evidently that ideology didn’t deter her from blowing some people’s entire yearly salary on a dress – but she wouldn’t be Teresa if she assigned any reservation to her spending! “It took Joe’s breath away!” (after he looked at the price tag) she gushed describing her very un-wedding day.
Below are photos of the other dresses Teresa tried on that weren’t expensive enough didn’t quite make the cut!
In other Teresa news, she also discusses her upcoming make-up line and drink line in an all new interview. As was reported weeks ago, Teresa is working on her own cosmetic line called TG by Teresa Giudice.
“I am coming out with a cosmetic line with nail polish, lipgloss, and lipstick called TG by Teresa Giudice in October,” said Teresa to StarPulse. “It’s going to be in places like CVS and Wal-Mart. So, it’s like a buy one get one free, like you buy a nail polish and you get a lipgloss free. They are packaged together.”
Teresa doesn’t end there as she is also taking a page out of Bethenny Frankel’s book by coming out with her own all natural drink line called Fabellini. “I am also coming out with and formulated my own bellini, which is called Fabellini and it will be out around the holidays. It’s all natural. I am using a gold medal champagne with natural peach puree…It’s 12% alcohol too so it will totally get you buzzed!” Let’s hope Tre’s “all natural” drink doesn’t suffer the same fate as Bethenny’s!
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the RHONJ! On the 17th episode on this never ending season titled “Get To the Punta,” the Garden State ladies embark on a paradise getaway to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Activities include a private cruise, but Kathy and Teresa soon make waves when they clash on the beach. A preview clip is below!
What do you think of Teresa’s wedding dress – hideous or elegant? Are you shocked that someone being sued for bankruptcy fraud would spend $25k on a wedding gown – to renew her vows!? Will you be buying Teresa’s products?