Season 12 of Real Housewives of New Jersey started with a bang when Margaret Josephs told Jennifer Aydin that her husband, Bill Aydin, had an affair with someone at his office. Jennifer kept her cool, and corrected her RHONJ co-star, responding that it was with a pharmaceutical rep.
Jennifer found out that Bill strayed while she was pregnant with their fourth child about 10 years ago. She never told a soul. “I was able to do it for the greater good of my family,” Jennifer explained. Unfortunately, the couple’s nine-year-old daughter, Olivia Aydin, found out about Bill’s affair on TikTok. The Aydins eventually told all of their children about Bill’s indiscretion.
Margaret and Jennifer have had a rocky history. Jennifer called out Margaret, and Margaret’s mother, for having affairs with people who were married. Margaret slammed Bill as Jennifer’s “meal ticket.”
Margaret said that she exposed Jennifer and Bill’s secret because Jennifer was “a hypocrite and not honest.” Margaret knew about Bill’s affair for years, and she alluded to it in an earlier season of RHONJ. Margaret said that Bill slept in the pool house or with his girlfriend. In fact, Margaret knew about the rumors before Jennifer was cast on the show. Wow.
But Margaret wasn’t the only Jersey Housewife who knew about Jennifer’s secret. According to US Weekly, Melissa Gorga explained how she found out about Bill’s affair on the February 14, 2022 episode of the Getting Real with the Housewives podcast. “I feel like people were talking about this for years,” Melissa remarked.
RELATED: Jackie Goldschneider Says Real Housewives Of New Jersey Men “Were Not Shocked” By Bill Aydin Cheating On Jennifer Aydin
“But we were all very good people and even though, you know, she was saying what she was saying about other people’s marriages and she was really pinning Margaret [Josephs] up against a wall with saying she was a cheater, and she left her husband,” the Envy boutique owner stated. “It took everything in Margaret not to always say like, ‘OK, so what’s Bill?’ and I think finally it just came out and here we are,” Melissa added.
Melissa did give Jennifer props for not denying the affair. “I thought it was great that she admitted it. It happens in a lot of households and happens in a lot of families,” Melissa commented. “I think it could be very relatable for a lot of women out there going through that. I was happy that she owned it and said, ‘You know what? You’re right. Yes, this is what happened,’” the mother of three shared.
So, would Melissa have buried the affair and moved forward with her family if she had been in Jennifer’s shoes? Melissa explained, “I can’t say what I would’ve done because when you’re pregnant and you’re having newborns and babies and little ones, you do want to forgive. I would say you’d forgive more than she would right now.”
RELATED: Margaret Josephs Says She Knew About Bill Aydin’s Affair Before Jennifer Aydin Joined Real Housewives Of New Jersey
She continued, “I would say I’d probably forgive more when I was 30 and had a baby, but if you did that to me now, I might be like, ‘I gotta walk.’ I think that’s very normal. It’s unfortunate, but I think it’s just how life goes,” Melissa added. You’ve been warned, Joe Gorga.
But Jennifer wasn’t letting Margaret get away with dropping that bombshell. Jennifer slammed Margaret on Instagram. She wrote, “Hypocrite: Noun: A person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs.” Jennifer included a video of Margaret at a RHONJ reunion, defending Teresa Giudice against gossip spread by Kim D. that Teresa’s then-husband, Joe Giudice, was straying.
RELATED: Melissa Gorga Doesn’t Condone Physical Fights Following Altercation With Jennifer Aydin; Says Jennifer Was “Trying To Save Face For A While”
“But when she’s, when she’s said something like ‘Joe is cheating on Teresa‘ or ‘Teresa is cheating on Joe,’ it doesn’t hurt Teresa. It hurts Teresa’s entire family,” Margaret stated.
Both Margaret and Jennifer have been hypocrites at times, but I feel badly for Jennifer and her family.
TELL US- ARE YOU SURPRISED THAT MELISSA GORGA ALSO HEARD ABOUT BILL’S AFFAIR YEARS AGO? WAS IT WRONG FOR MARGARET TO REVEAL THE AFFAIR ON CAMERA?
[Photo Credit: Bravo]