Melissa Gorga

Melissa Gorga Is “In Shock” That Jacqueline Laurita Called Her “Manipulative”

On this season of Real Housewives of New Jersey, we are getting more of the same. And by same I specifically mean fighting between Teresa Giudice, Joe Gorga and Melissa Gorga. We have known for months now that the family had a major falling out leading up to Tre’s wedding to Luis “Louie” Ruelas. But since the season started airing, even more fallout has occurred off screen.

In the latest drama, Melissa found herself on the receiving end of some unflattering comments by former castmate Jacqueline Laurita. The one-time reality star called Melissa “manipulative” and accused her of using her.

As reported by Reality Blurb!, Melissa responded to Jacqueline’s claims on a recent Watch What Happens Live appearance. Said Melissa, “[Jacqueline] literally didn’t show up to a reunion because she was saying Teresa was the most manipulating situation and Teresa was calling me out on things.”

The Envy boutique owner continued, “She has really proven that she can’t stand Teresa in so many ways. She sends text messages all over the place.”

Melissa then added, “I’m in shock that she said that about me because from day one, before I even filmed my first scene, she was the one calling my phone every day, not in a negative way, but to definitely fill me in on things so the fact that she said that I’m manipulating is crazy.”

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In January 2023, Jacqueline was brutally honest about her feelings about Melissa. She shared camera time with Melissa for three seasons. Jacqueline accused her of being “very good at manipulating people.” She added, “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.”

Jacqueline also credited Melissa for the infamous downfall of her once-strong friendship with Teresa. “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 when I realized who she really is and I had no interest in ever talking to her again from that day on.”

After years of not speaking, Teresa and Jacqueline recently reunited for a five hour lunch. Jacqueline said of the meeting on social media, “Our friendship has nothing to do with our mutual disdain for Melissa.”


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