When the stylist, Meital, was at my house she was styling me for another performance not the family picture. Obviously I would never wear any of those outfits to the family picture! She owns Reve Boutique in Englewood, NJ. All the Housewives shop at her store, every single one of us! I've been going to her for about eight years now. So she threw me off a little when she said that Teresa told her not to dress me or to style me, but I didn't make a big deal of it, I just ignored it. I have never approached Teresa on any of this, I never asked her why. I try not to argue about the things that are not going to hurt my life or my family.
I went to Teresa's house that night for the family picture and didn't say a word. It's petty and I just wanted to wipe the slate clean. Did you see us all together at that family picture? It came out so beautiful, and that was such a great night! I felt complete inside and so did Joe! Those children are so innocent and so special and so beautiful, each and every one of them! My mother-in-law and father-in-law should be so proud of their seven healthy, beautiful grandchildren! And they both have one named after them (Antonia and Gino). What could be better? I just don't see how anything else could matter, I am so ready to put all the pettiness behind us and all the hurt feelings. Let's start fresh. Let's enjoy each other, and let the kids enjoy each other, before we know it they will be in high school. Why hurt one another, what does it get you?
So lets talk about the cookbook! Ugh! Why? Everything was so perfect! Each and everyone of us were in a good spot! Kathy, Caroline, Teresa, Jacqueline and I! Finally we could all just be together and have fun. I didn't make a big deal about it, I really think it's childish and kind of stupid. It just doesn't fit, it doesn't make sense. Everything was so good between us, why take that risk on messing things up again?
Hi Melissa, I am sorry for you, when you have an inlaw with so much jealousy like Theresa, she will always try and sabotage everything you do. Too bad, she needs a teacher to help her to speak correctly in any language. I am from New Jersey and we are Italian from Lucca, Italy. When Theresa speaks Italian, we leave the room on a glamorous note, you looked beautiful throughout the season and the finales.
I have the feeling Theresa and Joe won't be back next year since Theresa has alienated everyone on the show. I have a niece like Theresa the family had to cut lose. She is never going to change because she has a rotten nature.
Melissa- You have such a great heart. Very inspiring. If you are selling your home to get away from Tre, then why stay on the show? Why put yourself and your family in uncomfortable situations where you will have to see her?
Hi Melissa, I think you and kathy are the only ones who have there head on streight. Don't let Caroline influence you like she does Jacqueline. Think back on Caroline and the stuff she dug up on Danielle an stripping, and yet her son was opening a strip club/ carwash. Danielle was troubled, but her husband was abusive, and treated her like a hooker, and she continued til she got out. Caroline always says she has spiritual values, if she did she would have tryed to help her mend and move forward. She manipulates problems instead of helping them. I see you as a Spiritual woman who can see when someone is hurting and try to work to mend not to hurt. With that being said: Try to look at the whole picture. Kim D set Theresa up from what I could see on that episode. And I think she knew how the others felt about Theresa, and wanted to mend her rift with the other ladies by sabotaging Theresa to get back in good with you woman. I do believe Theresa is a loof, and in need of some help, because she truly does believe that she put harmless jokes in her book. She really doesn't see the hurt she caused, she needs help. But she is a good girl who loves her brother so much so, she is willing to take anyone down. And she too is hurting, her husband has become an embarisment, and she wants the best for her children. A spititual person as the scriptures says Continue to forgive and work to understand your sister in law, she's hurting and needs help. She is sheilding her hurt because that is who she is. Why do you think Deana has cut her sister off, she said numerous times on the season she was on that Caroline keeps drama going. And she wouldn't want to go to things when Caroline was there. So Caroline needs to own up to her problems like she always says she does. And quit the blame game. She is a munipulater don't you see that. Don't take sides get to the meat of the problem. Your a good person. I watch the show because of you and Kathy.. You go girl!!!!!!
Keep on being you...you always act like a lady and show Teresa up for the petty jealous person she is....I also come from a big Italian family....if my brother is unhappy I'm unhappy....what's up with her....it's not your fault she picked such a creepy husband, that makes her like a fool on tv.
how does Theresa expect the small businesses in your area to make money if she keeps forbidding them to work only with her. Obviously, they need all of the *paying* customers they can get.
You are awesome! i love you and your husband, it reminds me of me and my soon-to-be husband. I hope for bigger things with your music career because you truly do have a great voice. Take care and God bless!:)
Melissa, I take back every reservation I had on you in the beginning. You are such an amazing woman and I enjoyed every minute of watching you and your beutiful family. You are doing the right thing with the whole Teresa issue. I still love Teresa, I think it must just be hard going through everything she is going through and trying to keep on a happy face. I hope everything stays good between you all. Even though she may lash out sometimes, I'm sure she still loves you. You're the mother of her neice and nephews. I wish you all the best and I hope to see every one of you back next year. :0)
I have to admit I was a Melissa hater at the beginning of the season, I was so disgusted with some of the things that were said that I was even blocked from Melissa's FB fan page. After seeing Melissa's true colors I am not ashamed to admit I was wrong and I am becoming a fan. Melissa your family is beautiful the love you and your husband have for one another is awesome and I truly hope all this family drama can once and for all be settled. Can't wait till next season. XOXO
i have now decided that i enjoy watching you and your family then watching Theresa and her annoying ways. You and Joe are fun and funny. definitely makes the show alot more interesting to watch the fun :-) best wishes to you and your family :-)
I have to admit i was a huge fan of teresa and was not all that happy you were being brought on the show! WELL i have completely changed my view. I love you and your family so much, hope you are back for another season!! Teresa is no longer someone that i keep up with, her true colors were really showed this year. god bless you
I have to admit I was a Melissa hater at the beginning of the season. I was truly disgusted with some of the thing that were going on and I was even blocked from Melissa's FB fan page. I am not ashamed to admit I was wrong now that I have seen Melissa's true colors. Melissa your family is beautiful, the love you and your husband have for one another is so special and I truly hope all this family drama gets settled once and for all. It's so sad to see how hurt Gia was threw all off this. Wish you the best, can't wait till next season. Xoxo
Hi Melissa I too LOVE October. I totally fell in love with you this season, Teresa was my favorite out of all the housewife shows and after this season she is not really the person I thought she was. Stay true to who you are, you are an awesome, mom and wife! Melissa from Chicago!!
I am so glad that you were on the show this season! I have enjoyed every moment of you! Your personality shines! Your love for family and life is truly an inspiration! Thanks for all of the fun moments you and your husband shared with us on The RHONJ!! You rocked, Melissa!!
You have ruined this show for me. I don't want to watch anymore. Your kissing up to Caroline worked. Don' try to make it seem like things are ok with your husband's family. It's obvious its not. My opinion of you has not changed since episode one.
Sorry Melissa but your words are not supported by your actions. Clearly you have problems seeing your behavior as anything but perfect. Stop talking about Teresa!!!! You are NOT making things better.
Maybe Caroline has backed Teresa in the past. However, she absolutely didn't have Teresa's back when she allowed Albie, Christopher, Lauren, and Greg to take potshots at her constantly. Again, the Manzos are able to dish it out, but they sure can't take it. Teresa is your sister-in-law; your loyalty lies with her, not the Manzo "clan".
Also, I noticed that Dina Manzo is still a good friend to Teresa...guess the comment about Caroline really wasn't that big of a deal, or else Dina would have addressed it.
I have grown to love you and your family! I will say one thing in regards to Caroline though. I have always been fond of her and her family, but while she was insulted by what Teresa said in that cookbook, she should also look at what her and her family said about Teresa throughout this season. They were very insulting and rude making fun of her the way that they did. If Caroline can't take the heat, maybe she and her children should get out of the kitchen!
Melissa, Maybe Teresa did not have a part in the Posche drama. Try to give it her chance. I can't see how you are all going to film a season 5. Be careful, Bravo may clean house like NYC if you all don't get along!!!
Melissa I too love October! I think your a great addition to the Housewives. You seem like such a great mom and wife!
HOPE BRAVO POSTS THIS!!! Melissa, I do admire that you cleared up the thing about your child's birthday. However, this whole season you've played the "oh i love my family ill just sit back and true colors will show". HOw is Teresa supposed to look when she feels betrayed by her own family from the start? Is she supposed to be sweet and honored? Come on! This whole season set up Teresa to look bad. We all know she isn't perfect, yes she can annoy, but so does everyone on that show. We chose to love her as she was. Do I think her cookbook comments were called for? Well def. not the one about Chris Manzo, but I can't sit here and judge her fully when everyone has spent all season making fun of her, her outfits, her books, its all there on tape. FUNNY HOW NONE OF THIS HAPPENED WHEN YOU WERENT ON THE SHOW. WELL CONGRATULATIONS YOU GOT ON HER SHOW, YOU GOT YOUR FAME, AND YOU GOT HER "FRIENDS" ENJOY IT AND HOPE IT WAS WORTH IT! AND PS. EVENTUALLY BRAVO WILL NEED A BAD GUY IF TERESA LEAVES, HOPE ITS NOT YOU BECAUSE THE KARMA WILL BE BAD.
Woah his bday was in April and she couldnt see him until September!!? How can you say I'll be over next weekend and 5 months pass?
And something you didnt address was Gia saying "Melissa controls uncle Joe" not even Tia Melissa but just Melissa...do you have any comments on that I thought it was disrespectful and something that Im sure she heard come out of her parents mouth.
melissa! i just love you & your husband you guys are so cute together :) every week when i watch the show you guys remind me of me & my boyfriend (he acts just like joe) but i think in the end we wouldnt trade them for anything lol but as far as this "drama" i think its sad i just think teresa has a BIG personality & even though it was f***edup to say i dont think she honestly ment to hurt anyone.i just wish that all you guys could go back to being friends!!! i miss that :(
Melissa, I startd this season off HATEING YOU,but as the season went on I LOVE YOU NOW!!!!!!!!!!! You are such a great person inside and out...I don't know how you delt with Teresa and her petties and selfeish ways!!!!!!! You are a great mother and wife!!!!!!! You and Joe crack me up every Sunday Night!!!!! He is so funny with all his jokes the best one was at Christmas he ask hat you got him and you said no "it's Jesus Birthday"!!!!!! lol though I think Jesus would understand!!!!! lol :) I wish you nothing but happieness adn blessing to you and your family!!!!!!!! You have a great voice and your dad would be so proud of you for your siging,for the woman you are,and a great mother!!!!!! Can't Wait for Season 4!!!! Kay
Hope Bravo Posts This: Melissa-I really do hope all works out but after seeing Caroline on The Gayle King show yesterday I see now that the friendship with Teresa was onesided. Caroline said she was never friends with Teresa....only an aquaintance. She said she only hung with her during group things and never called Teresa herself. That being the case.....obviously Teresa thought they were friends but Caroline never did. Funny....I don't get as involved as Caroline did w/Teresa's situations with people who are only aquaintances. Someone is lying and it seems to be Caroline. Watch out Melissa....you never know when you'll wind up being "only an aquaintance".
melissa I love your attitude and not letting your sister monster inlaw try to intimidate you or your husband..family is important! Glad it got resolved.. I think you are beautiful compared to any of the other women..Good luck with your career :)
OK, I am going to be the first to admit that in the beginning of the season, I honetly didn't like you and thought that you were just there to stir the pot. I take back anything negative that I thought about you. If I posted anything on your blog that was mean or offensive, (and honestly, I can't recall if I did but I may have) I apologize sincerely. As the season went on, I really began to like you and Joe a lot! I really think that your intentions are good with keeping the family together and you are most definitely taking the high road in many instances with Teresa. I applaud that! I cannot say that I would do the same. I have a very hard time with people when it is obvious that they are being mean without cause or take things completely out of context and go off (such as Teresa did with Kathy on the beach in Punta Cana!). Also, I need to let you know that I completely adored you and Joe on WWHL on Sunday! Joe is a hoot! Seriously funny guy and you seem very down to earth. Best of luck to you guys and your beautiful children!
Ok Caroline told Gayle King from Oprah network that she was never friends with teresa so where the smack are you getting they were friends? She told the world she was my sisters friend not mine.. You should be glad your only on the show cause of Teresa. Caroline will get you.
Anyways your old pot stirrers & like you have told the public before your all smart you'll see..yeah I see that nobody crucified you in public eye you did stuff too. and you made more than 1 comment.
Your nose job looks nice though!
I am glad Joe got what he always wanted, sometimes it takes longer than usual but when it's real, it will always fall back into place! Thank you Jesus!
i hope you remember that if Teresa wasn't on the show you and Joe would never have the opportunities that are coming your way. It's been a terrific season and New Jersey is the only "Housewife" show that brings the drama for real.
love u Melissa & ur family....gonna miss u guys...stay true & take everything teresa says w/a grain of salt...that bitch has alot to learn from you & the manzo family..
Go Melissa! You are wonderful and straight forward, but with class. You know how to get your point across without being rude and hurting people's feelings. Congratulations on your beautiful family and your endeavors!
I am glad Joe got what he always wanted, sometimes it takes longer than usual but when it's real, it will always fall back into place! Thank you Jesus!
You say Teresa lost a friend in Caroline, but as per Caroline's interview with Gayle King, they were never friends, and Teresa was only tolerated. Kinda messed up comment to say if you ask me.
I enjoy you and your family. It's obvious who the trouble maker is in your family...and, it's not you or your husband!
I love your show.....I watch every week......you are such a wonderful person.....you try to keep the family together......I love that about you.....you have a beautiful family and you are not only beautiful on the outside but the inside too......you are a great singer.......I love your new song.......keep up the great work......I can't wait till next season......I love the way you dress and i love your house.....its beautiful.......don't let anyone say that you copy from them......they are just jealous of you.........just keep being you......
Im so glad to see that you guys are working towards moving forward and letting by gones be by gones I hope next season is a great season for you family
I think the reason Teresa added those comments in her book is to simply make more $$. Controversy sells...its' unfortunate but she chose $$ over family and friends. She should've stood by her delicious recipes and left the nonsense out. Or tell FUNNY/NICE stories about her family and friends. Geez...
WELL,WELL you certainly saw your plan to fruition didn’t you. You became famous and destroyed Teresa and her family in the process. Melissa, you don’t get to come in like a whirlwind and tear apart your brother’s wife and her career(tried that is,didn’t succeed that one) and then, after you are sitting pretty want everyone to forget the means by which they came. You wanted everyone to see Teresa in a bad light and it worked. Funny how now Caroline, Jacqueline and Kathy are now a mess, not speaking with Teresa and you come out just fine. Hmm, what’s the common denominator? YOU… I believe now, they will put two and two together (especially Caroline;she’s smart) and figure it out. WE all have. Enjoy your one song because bad guys don’t win in the end, they just don’t. Where you all are now isn’t surprising—but I bet you will be surprised with how you are received in the end when Karma kicks in. Please leave Teresa’s family alone. Let them heal. You can act as civil and as loving as you want nooow, but you destroyed any loyalty those beautiful little girls had in you as their “Aunt.” Thank god it’s all on tape.
You're a doll with a great name! ;) Just downloaded your new song...GREAT workout song!
Best wishes to you and your family!
XOXO Melissa Alvarado Whittier, CA
I must say when the show began, I thought it was going to be easy not to like you. However, as the show progressed, I really began to see you in a different light. I think you have a great head on your shoulders and are doing a great job of balancing your career and family. I hope you can talk some sense into your sister-in-law seeing as though she's alienated anyone who has ever supported her emotionally. Looking forward to seeing you next season!
I have to say that my impression of you changed 360 since the first episode, as with Teresa. I LOVED Teresa and when you came on board, I wanted so much not to like you because of what Teresa had first said. But the more Teresa spoke the more I was not liking what she was saying, and the more your spoke the more I liked. Bottom line your awesome. You and Joe make a great couple, you have beautiful kids and your a great mother and person from what I have seen. God bless you and the family!
Its extremely hypocritical that you say you support Teresa no matter what, and yet the person you are openly supporting is Caroline(and her family) who has/have bashed Teresa all season long!