Teresa Giudice used to have a fairly harmonious family, but in a new, shocking interview with In Touch, the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star reveals that the hit Bravo show is ripping apart her family.
The acrimonious relations reached a high point after her younger brother, Joe Gorga — who, along with his wife Melissa yearn for the fame Teresa has achieved — called his sister “garbage” and fought with her husband Joe, at the christening of Gorga’s son Joey.
Teresa tells In Touch, she doesn’t want to “stoop down to Melissa’s level” and refuses to use the word “jealous” to describe her brother and sister-in-law, but her husband isn’t: “Melissa is the most jealous person in the world, and she’s a liar.”
Teresa says the situation with her brother is causing marital strife, with Joe telling In Touch, “I told her a bunch of times not to mention the brother in front of me—I don’t want to hear it and when I hear the name I get pissed off…There have been a couple of times when she has said the name, and I almost did leave.”
While Joe may not want to hear their names, Gorga and his wife aren’t leaving the show anytime soon–and that’s a problem, since Teresa says her daughters have been bullied since their uncle and aunt began appearing on the show. “The other day at school, a kid went up to my daughter and said, ‘Your family is embarassing. She told me she was crying.”
Even Teresa’s father has been negatively impacted by the family turmoil: Suffering from emphysema, he was noticeable agitated during the fight at the christening. “It’s breaking my heart,” says Teresa. “My brother knows how sick our dad is. I don’t know why he would do what he did.
Adding insult to injury are reports that Teresa’s brother has been urging his wife to speak out against Teresa. “I’m so appauled they’re doing this just to be on TV,” she says. “You really shouldn’t air your dirty laundry on TV, and my brother and his wife are making it so much worse for us all.”