After the explosive Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion aired Sunday, September 30, RumorFix correspondent Real Mr. Housewife got the chance to chat with Teresa Giudice for an exclusive three-part interview.
There were no restrictions on this interview and it should be noted that Teresa was not paid for it. (Teresa has repeatedly been criticized for getting paid to talk to the media.)
First up — Teresa talked about her cousin, Kathy Wakile, badmouthing Teresa’s parents at the reunion.
“It was really sad. This is family. For family to do that – it hurts and it’s very sad. I don’t know why she said it. It’s just sad and it’s not true,” she told us exclusively. “My mom is not a liar.”
Kathy also called Teresa’s father a coward, “Really?!?” Teresa says. “I mean she adores him. They all went crazy for my dad. He’s an amazing guy. It’s just sad that she said that. My parents want nothing to do with this whole thing. They don’t even want to be on the show anymore. To them it’s disgusting. It’s not something that they want to be part of and it’s not something that I wanted to be part of.”
Teresa says Kathy was retaliating because Teresa touched on a sensitive nerve about her cousin’s marriage, “I mean, maybe now she has a good marriage, but she always didn’t. Everybody goes through ups and downs. Maybe she didn’t want anybody to know she had a down. I guess I hit a soft spot.”
Teresa has repeatedly said Kathy and her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, came on the show behind her back and says she hadn’t talked to her brother, Joe, for a year.
But the reality star says she misses the special time she used to share with her family.
“We had a boat — a two bedroom boat – on the water. Kathy used to be on our boat every weekend. We were really close — same thing with Melissa and my brother. We used to do Sunday dinners every Sunday together. Things started changing when I got on the show. I guess they felt like I had to put them on. I invited them to every single party I had on the show. Maybe they were feeling like I wasn’t putting them enough on the show, but it wasn’t about them. The producers didn’t want them on the show. I was trying to get them on the show but obviously they got themselves on the show behind my back eventually. That’s when things became a little weird. They felt like I had to invite them to everything and this was my job and it’s not like I could just invite people. And they didn’t want anyone but the five housewives who were on.”
Be sure to check out part two of the interview Wednesday when Teresa talks about the fiery Posche Fashion Show and why she confronted Melissa on camera on the allegations that she was a stripper.