Teresa Giudice started working on mending her strained relationship with Jacqueline Laurita even before she was released from prison, as we witnessed during last week's Season 7 premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. However, the message she sent via her attorney James J. Leonard Jr. didn't exactly receive a warm reception from Jacqueline, who read it aloud in a voice that seemed to mimic Teresa's and make fun of her note.
Many fans wondered why Jacqueline shed tears over Teresa having to serve time in prison but then she didn't seem to take her extension of an olive branch seriously. But Jacqueline explained her seemingly disingenuous reaction was the result of feeling like Teresa was not being genuine with her.
"Teresa and I have a 13-year history together, so we'd had this roller coaster relationship. When we left off when I left the show, we had agreed to move forward in the friendship. When the cameras were off, she wanted nothing to do with me. She publicly said, 'I'm not interested in the friendship. I don't miss it.' I moved on from then," she told Andy Cohen. "So when she reached out to me two weeks before we started filming and two weeks before she got out of prison, I took it not sincere. I was like, 'This is for TV. I don't feel like it's sincere, but we'll see.'"
Jacqueline went on to say that she would give Teresa a chance if it seemed like she truly wanted to be friends again. "I'm always open to a relationship if it's genuine," she said. "I'm not interested in TV friends, so my wall was up."
However, the RHONJ mom of three told The Daily Dish ahead of the Season 7 premiere that she wasn't necessarily discounting a friendship with Teresa in the future. "I've learned to never say never, so I don't know where our relationship will go. It's not always good; it's not always bad," she told The Daily Dish earlier this month. "Sometimes it's great; sometimes it's horrible. So I can't predict the future. I just never say never."
Perhaps Jacqueline and Teresa's first meeting during next Sunday night's RHONJ at 8/7c will show a glimmer of hope that their friendship can be repaired. Judge for yourself in the below sneak peek.