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'Mob Wives' Renee Graziano: 'I Wouldn't Want My Son To Go To Jail!' Exclusive!

Tue, May 10, 2011 1:03pm EDT by 4 Comments
Courtesy of VH1

Courtesy of VH1

Renee is trying to break away from the ‘Mob Wives’ lifestyle and create her own life for her and her son AJ!

Mob Wives star Renee Graziano is trying to define herself outside of “the lifestyle.” And she’s trying to help her son do the same.

She wants to create her own life without the influence of others associated with her background — and Renee tells that her 17-year-old son AJ inspired her to change … because she doesn’t want this life for him!

“I wouldn’t want my son to go to jail,” Renee tells us. “AJ is going in a completely different direction. He’s going to make himself a better life.”

Renee is tired of seeing her son go through the heartaches that the lifestyle causes like watching his father Junior possibly get locked up again. “It breaks me emotionally,” she explains. “Watching your child feel pain makes you angry, very angry. It’s probably harder than anything anyone has to do.”

But Renee is learning from AJ. “I want to take the pain from my son in any way, shape or form,” she says. “Watching him experience it is making me much stronger.”

So strong in fact that Renee wants to become independent herself. “I lived an empty life,” she admits. Now, “I’m trying to change my life and define myself outside of the way I was brought up.”

“I feel strong but sad” to be leaving the old ways behind, Renee continues. But with her friend and co-star Karen Gravano‘s help, she is realizing she doesn’t want to live this way anymore.

“I have such strong beliefs on my loyalty to a life that I don’t belong in,” says Renee. “Karen is showing me that I can be as loyal as I want to my family, but I don’t need to take on a lifestyle that is members only — only male members.”

“I am learning how to pick and chose my battles wisely,” says Renee. “I would like to see myself happily ever after with someone outside the state of New York.”

BFFs — do you think Renee made the right decision to leave her Mob Wives life behind? Tell us what you think!

— Lindsey DiMattina

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