Teresa Giudice on Being “Sucker-Punched” by Gorgas

RHONJ's Teresa Giudice Talks Being “Ambushed” and “Sucker-Punched” by Melissa and Joe Gorga, Shares What It's Like Watching Show for the First Time

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Teresa Giudice addressed being “ambushed” and “sucker-punched” by her brother and sister-in-law Joe and Melissa Gorga, and he or she revealed what it’s like watching the episodes for the primary time. The Gorgas, who allegedly joined Real Housewives of New Jersey behind Teresa’s again in 2011, have bounced on and off the rollercoaster of family feuding.

Just lately, their stress reached a boiling level because the couple skipped her wedding to Luis Ruelas after Teresa purportedly mentioned a false rumor about Melissa’s affair. Now, the members of the family are now not talking.

“I come from a small household and we had been actually shut. After which for one thing like this to occur, it was actually laborious for me to cope with,” stated Teresa in an interview with PEOPLE, addressing the prolonged feud.

In response to Teresa, the current drama is heavy for her, and he or she’s skilled this previously as she was “ambushed” by Joe and Melissa once they entered the present.

“Since my household got here on the present, it was very laborious for me to get pleasure from being on TV,” stated Teresa. “Right here I’m, simply getting my toes moist, having fun with it after which bam. I get knocked, actually stabbed within the coronary heart with my household approaching the present behind my again.”

She went on to say, “The rationale why I nonetheless speak about it now, and it’s been 10 years, is as a result of it was very traumatic … I by no means signed as much as be on a TV present with my household. This was my factor. I used to be enthusiastic about it. It was one thing new for me, and it was like my job, and I used to be excited, after which abruptly I get bombarded and ambushed by my household. And it was very unhappy, as a result of I felt like my dream sort of obtained shattered.”

“I might’ve by no means sucker-punched them like that,” Teresa defined, “as a result of I don’t roll like that. In the event that they had been on a present, I might’ve by no means went on there and damage them the best way they damage me. That’s not my type. That’s not the individual I’m. If something, I might’ve obtained my very own factor, as a result of I’m at all times that. I at all times prefer to be completely different.”

The 50-year-old additionally shared, “I at all times tried to maintain the peace and that’s why I stored my mouth shut for lots of years … as a result of my mother and father, they lived for me and my brother … for something unhealthy to occur afterwards, it’s heartbreaking. No mother and father need to see their kids combating.”

“However now, sadly, my mother and father will not be right here anymore,” stated Teresa. “So I’m going to do what’s good for my household, good for me, good for my kids. And I simply need peace. And that’s why any toxicity, [I have to] hold it out…. I’m not going to simply accept this toxicity anymore. I’m going to be the mama bear, shield my household.”

Teresa claimed, nevertheless, that she would by no means give up the franchise. “I might by no means step away. I began the present. I’m by no means going to offer that to anybody as a result of I’m the one which began the present,” she defined. “Different persons are attempting to place that on the market, like, ‘Oh, Teresa needs to go away.’ It’s so loopy to me how persons are attempting to plant the seed that Teresa needs to go away the present … the video games that individuals play. No. I began this. I’m not strolling away till Bravo needs me to stroll away.”

She additionally advised the outlet that she hadn’t watched an episode of the present — till 2022.

“I’m watching the present for the primary time as a result of I by no means watched it earlier than. And if you happen to concentrate, after I was on the reunions, Andy Cohen would ask me questions and I wouldn’t know what he was speaking about,” stated the star. “All people knew I used to be not watching the present.”

Relating to her change of coronary heart, Teresa expressed, “I simply wished to coach myself and to see what my brother and sister-in-law had been saying about me.”

“I’ve been seeing all this on Instagram, these accounts which might be posting previous episodes. And I’m watching and I’m like, ‘My brother stated that? My sister-in-law stated that?’ So then I began watching and I’m like, ‘Now, I obtained my reply,’” she continued.

“However I couldn’t watch it [initially] as a result of it was so laborious for me to relive it. And good factor I didn’t watch it again then, as a result of now I’m seeing what my brother and my sister-in-law was saying about me again then, oh my God. It was like a knife proper via my coronary heart. I feel I might’ve reacted otherwise if I might’ve watched the present.”

The Actual Housewives of New Jersey season 13 is about to premiere on Tuesday, February 7, on Bravo.

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