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And yes, Gia is fine. She was fine ten minutes later. She’s not screaming out in pain or whatever Caroline said. She’s a normal ten-year-old girl who’s creative and passionate. She’s blessed to live in a house with two parents who are still happily married and love each other. She has tons of aunts and uncles and cousins on both sides that adore her. She has all four grandparents nearby who adore her. That’s not the case for a lot of her friends, and she knows how blessed she is.
I was surprised to hear Caroline and her kids making fun of me and my books. I had no idea they did that. I’ve always adored Caroline’s whole family and have never said a word about them, so it was a little shock. I know they like to laugh a lot and they have silly senses of humor though, so I don’t take offense to it. (It takes a lot more than that to get me going!) I think we should all play the “Fill-in-the-blank Italian” book title game. “Sexy Italian,” Table Flipping Italian,” “I’ll Put My Butthole in Your Face Italian.” Life’s too short to take offense to the small things!
Thank you to everyone who’s ever come to one of my book signings. (LOVED meeting you all this week in Chicago at Water Tower Place! What a beautiful city with beautiful people!) I cannot believe how many of you come out to see me -- and wait in four hour lines! -- but please know that I always stay late to see every single person who comes out because I appreciate and love you all!
Teresa I hope the announcement is that you will have your own show and get the heck away from the rest of these BORING haters on RHWNJ - let's see how long that show would last without you! You Rock!
You are the best Teresa! The show is nothing without you. The Manzos should be named the Bozos..just sayin..LOL..
You have really turned the script this season for me. To be honest I didn't care for you seasons 1-2 but this season I admire your determination to make everything work. You are strong women & if you can get through this time in your life the rest will be a piece of cake! I was shocked by Caroline’s family as well, they are not as supportive as they should be, and I mean they are launching doo-doo black water, wouldn’t want Karma to catch up!
Great blog, Teresa. I know there are some people who will continue to bash you no matter what, but your blog explains everything. You are right, your fans will continue to support you.
Teresa, love, love , love you and your family. I totally understand where Joe (your husband is coming from), I also know that the entire picture is never shown. I also know that this was filmed months ago. I hope all is well and just keep being you.
Team Teresa! I understand where you are coming from with your family. You are upset because they chose to expose the families issues / problems by joining the show for their own personal gain. As for Ms. Caroline...shame on her for making fun of you. Where does get off. Also, I very disappointed in Jacqueline for going off on you in her blog. That was totally below the belt and uncalled for. Can't wait for the reunion! Keep your head up!
Your blog did not address your husband's use of the word Fa_ _ ot. His use of the word and your not calling him out on it on the show is absolutely unacceptable.
Someone needs to educate both of you on the true meaning and history of the word, if you are not already aware.
A book signing is a public event......unless you had them in your home, invitations only, then their reasons were ridiculous and the invitations they expected was also ridiculous. My goodness, did you send out invitations to all in your family, your friends, the readers/fans/cooks who have come to your book signings? If so, I haven't received one......ha!.....bought both books, should I send them back? I'm so so sorry about the mess Teresa. I think you've done enough. Doesn't sound to me that their hearts are into forgiving.....I think your Joe is right, I really do and it pains me to say it......Joe was right on, they showed up for the show only.
TERESA...it was so sad to see a grown woman Caroline act so immature. Hope someday her and her children can gain some wisdom and insight on how to be classy because their behavior was just classless! But if you leave the show, there would be no show because you are bigger than life! You are compassionate, something the Manzo's lack! you remind me so much of the tv character suzanne on designing women and the nanny fine on the nanny. so full of life and laughs! I wish you and your beautiful girls and husband the very best!
Ironic title to your blog, Love Don't Cost a Thing, coming at the same time your marriage renewal extravaganza hit the newsstands. Don't plead pauper when you're shown wearing a $25,000 wedding dress in addition to all your other over the top excesses.
You are a class act, Teresa... I think what some of your family and so-called friends have done to you this season is just shameful. I can't believe the jealousy.. You are beautiful - inside and out. What you said: you're a Jersey Girl and no one can tear you down.. God bless! xo
Love u T! I am soooo sorry ur sister in law and cousin RUINED ur time w RHONJ! They r VERY SELFISH! We will always support u and I can not wait to hear ur BIG announcement! I hop it is something positive for ur family - u deserve it for all ur hard work! Keep staying positive T - u r the best :)
Why should family need a invite they should go a support a loved one just because they care. If you need a invitation to go show support to family then you need to think again!!
Bravo, please post my comment to Teresa. Thank you.
Teresa, You are a great mother who loves her children, but you should not just think this is normal ten-year old being creative and passionate. I am an aunt with a nephew who was crying out, now he is an adult going through stuff of what adults was going through in his life. I don’t care for how Caroline’s been this season, but she is point on with that comment. If you take the attitude and become defensive about Gia crying out is nothing, you will regret it down the road. I spoke of my nephew, but I know others children crying out and it being ignored by parents. Gia is so precious, please don’t allow ego to get in the way. Anybody with ears and eyes could see and hear what she is going through and it is very heavy in her heart and mind. Please listen to her song carefully a few times so you could hear and feel what your baby girl is saying and feeling. You stated she is smart she wanted all to hear what she needed to say. I hope you don’t have to hear this from another one of your daughters.
I was not happy that Caroline, her children and Greg was making fun of you in their car. They should not be taking sides with your family. They can be friends to all of you. It just look ugly how Caroline, her family and Greg are being towards you and your husband.
God bless you and your family.
Teresa, I love you and your family, but when the Manzo's did their "fill in the blank" Italian books...It was funny. It was really funny and it didn't come from a mean place so we're not going to expend any more energy on that. Yes, Joey and Melissa were three hours late to your book signing, but even you were an hour late. It seems to be a pattern. They were hours late to Gia's gymnastics event, and then you kept Melissa waiting hours for the playdate, then they were late to your book signing and then you were late to Kathy's Goddess Party. It doesn't seem like any of you put much importance into being on time for anything.
Teresa if you want a hug give one, stop waiting for people to fall all over you, give more of yourself and you will get more back, your not the queen you know....
Teresa you are a good person don't let anyone tell you you are not . You are a strong woman who cares about your family regardless of what anyone else says. I know things are working out with your family, when you have negative comments made at you just ignore them they are people. I hope you and your cousin work things out you have a big loving family enjoy it!!
I got to tell you Teresa my stomach does flip flops everytime I see your family fighting. Already with the next episode showing of you and Kathy makes me queasy. I do hop everything is alright with all of you. The kids need to know you are all fine and they need to grow up happy with all their aunts, uncles and cousins. I'm assuming from the hint that things are better that I can now calm down. Have a great day. Elaine
Teresa, Please say its your own cooking show. Every party I go to I bring your bruschetta and it gets rave reviews everytime. I love your books and I often wonder how you do this show, write books, go to signings all over the country and manage your girls and home all at the same time. When I think about you, I think, she's got to be exhausted! You are really amazing! Cheers!
Teresa, sei un tesoro, I love how real you are warts and all because we all have our moments.You can still love your family and not be fake and pretend everything is o.k. and you don't owe anyone anything, you should be able to handle your family stuff in private and not have to explain to anyone!!! I give you a BIg MUAH!!!!!Keep your head high and take care of your family. Baci infiniti!
I'm so glad that you and your family are working things out. I'm sure that the haters will come out and say some dumb things to you, but Please don't listen to them. People who hate, are ugly on the inside and their words don't mean a thing. Keep your head up, and just keep loving your family and friends as you always do. I have been so upset this season about all of the haters who have been writing nasty things on all of the ladies blogs.....I don't want you,Jacqueline, Melissa, Kathy or Caroline to give them one second of your thoughts....A friend of mine at work always tells me to" Consider the source"....and then she says "BAM" Blessings and Miracles......live by this and you can never go wrong..... much love to you and your family
Great Blog Tre, still a huge fan! Why do people get mad at you for defending your husband? As a married woman I usually try to explain things regarding my husband.....behing closed doors is another thing, Melissa always defends your brother. Very natural thing to do.
Continue being yourself Melissa true colors came out on twitter....all about an agend. We love you in LA!
Okay, I can understand your husband being upset, because you were upset, but he still did not have to send your brother those terrible and disrespectful text messages. If I were your brother, after receiving those messages, I would NOT have gone to your book signing. But your brother is a good man...
Hi Teresa It really does sound like they came to the book signing to look good for the cameras. Jealousy can be tough to overcome, and obviously they were jealous of your success.Now it is time to move on....as best as you all can.Gia will be fine,she has a wonderful life,blessed with a loving family.P.S. about Joe chipping his tooth...I have a crazy Irish catholic family and that could have sooooo happened at one of our parties!! love you! So hoping your announcement is your own show!
I was hoping you would address the way Joe spoke to you in front of company and in front of viewers. It was very upsetting to me to see a man speak to his wife that way. Too many excuses Teresa. Joe was so disrespectful to you in front of the cameras, how bad is it when there is no camera around? I feel sorry for you. And just stop the B.S. with your brother. Both sides are wrong, get over it, move on. All you say is that family is the most important thing to you, so prove it.
I hope people can read through what you husband was saying. I completely agree with him and you clarified it in the blog. He knows what they have done to you and he is protecting you and can't be "fake" about it. Melissa is passive aggressive. You at least try to get your husband stop when he is saying things about your brother. She just jumps right in and fuels the flames to Joey.
T i hope bravo posts this becuase this is your best blog yet! you really do a great job explaining your side and anyone that thinks Joe was wrong for texting Joey needs a reality check i cant even tell you how much drama families can have. Your great your strong and the best part of the blog was that you didn't take Caroline and her brude poking fun at you seriously. Keep your head up and smile you have a beautiful family and thats all that matters.
Please cherish your family. Cherish them every day. Don't let the little things cause a riff in your relationship. My father just suffered a stroke after back surgery. Our family is in shock, it's devastating, and I have seen my father helpless and in pain and scared and it makes me regret not being closer to him up to this point. Your family is the most precious gift you have in life, please never forget that.
I think it is amazing that you are trying to make things right in the family but one thing I think that is not helping is that when Jo is with you talking she goes back and mocks you and it makes it worse on everything. But she wants to say that she wants things to be right with the family! I think if Jo will stop mocking you and gossiping about you then things would be easier! I love you and your family teresa keep your head up girl!
LOVE YOU TERESA!! Are you perfect? No! Do you ever claim to be? No! It takes so much courage to put yourself out there for all the world to judge! I used to really respect Caroline but she sees what she wants to and is so quick with her hurtful judgements. Melissa and Kathy are always stirring the pot, they're SO transparent. I hope you can get to a great place with your brother. Thank you for being so honest!!!! You've won our hearts in Texas!!
Tree, pay no attention to Caroline's comments. She and her family are super annoying especially because they think they are so perfect. Did she forget her past so soon!?! It almost seems like Caroline and her family and Joey and Melissa just want extra t.v time so they all hang out together. Super sad that in the process they are hurting you in the process. I understand they (caroline & Jacqueline) wanted to help mend your family but it seems they jumped on the anti-Teresa train and they are the conductors! How could they both possibley like or trust Melissa and Kathy who are your family and have been publicly bashing you? I understand every family has issues but you don't humiliate them with evey person you run into or even engage with people who try to hurt them. I had a bad feeling for those two when they were buddies with Kim G. and in the dinner with the lawyers laughing at your financial problems. Then on top of that why do Jacqueline and Caroline insist that you spill your guts about your problems? What is it to them? They just want to see you down in the dumps and are upset you don't give them that since we have all seen some of their dirty laundry!!! Team Teresa!!!
Just wanted to say I think what Caroline said was true... Gia is screaming out (not literally) for this feud to end witht the 2 Joes and for things to get better between you and your bro. Caroline didn't say anything out of line or that wasn't true. I also think your husband (who my husband loves by the way... lol) needs to AGAIN let go of the past like everyone is starting to do. So what if your bro didn't come to your book signings before... he's there now - It's not his fault that all this is coming out now and ammends are happening now. Stop talking about the past... Joe (your husband) needs to let his anger go. What's done is done. Gia obviously knows waaay more and sees waaaay more stuff than you think. A kid doesn't have a breackdown like that for nothing come on. I'm actually rooting for you and your family so I hope you take this comment the right way.
Wish you all the best :)
Teresa what can I say .... you're the greatest!! I loved your blog and how well you articulate everything everytime! Im rooting for you all the way!!!!
The way Caroline imitates you ... shows the real her ... mean spirited!! Just because she has a decade of experience more than you in life does not make her wiser ...and how she was telling you to stop wtv you were saying when on the phone while melissa was yelling at you and then (Caroline) goes on to side with Melissa and support her, while it is clear that Melissa did not have a tiny ounce of good intentions on joining the show other than to make YOUR life miserable (the viewers see that)...shows how Caroline isn't playing with a full deck! Plain and simple ...her perception of things is somewhat disturbed!
I wish you were my older sister!!!
Hi Teresa, I just saw your wedding renewal photos in In Touch mag. They are terrific. Love your dress and the girls look adorable. I admire you for working so hard on your marriage and defending your husband no matter what. You are right, the future will bring happier days for you and Joe. I feel the worst times are behind you. Regarding Gia, she will be happier too. Kids are much more resilient than us adults. Keep smiling. Love to you all, Andrea K. in Ca.
It was very sad seeing Gia cry like that...The fighting needs to end with your brother and Kathy. I am saying this not just for you but for them too. Melissa says this has been going on for years but what I don't understand is why Melissa joined the housewives then. Was it to take you down? As for Caroline she will follow what ever makes her look good. She is not your friend and I honestly don't think shes loyal to anyone . As for her kids they are by no means saints contrary to what Caroline may think and how she tries to portray them..Neither one is married and they are still attached to their mothers apron strings and no way is she going to cut them off. I certainly wouldn't want to be involved with men like that. For them to make fun of you like that shows how immature they really are. Please for the sake of you children stop the fighting with them all ..walk away if you have to
I love You!!! My favorite line" Everythings going to be fine!" why because what we believe is what will be! I think the best way to live is on the postive side of things. Good for You, Smile and only except the best.
I would say that in my opinion, Carolyn is not a true friend, not in any sense of the word. She expects loyalty from everyone but never returns it. It seems to me that this season, her and her children, take every chance they can get to belittle you.
No need to explain yourself, we all (well everyone with sense) can see that your family only came to your book signing to make themselves look good to the viewers. Watch out for Caroline, she's a snake in the grass!!!
Teresa you were shocked that Caroline and her kids laughed at you and your books. Really???? Seems to me you were laughing and making rude comments at Kathys parts. Don't throu stones because they will come back to hit you. You really need to get over yourself as being perfect. Seems that everyone else is at fault for things except you. Time to start taking responsibility for your actions.
Team Teresa All The Way!!!!!
Teresa, I'm happy that you and your family are getting along better now. Everyone can see that you love your brother very much. I agree with your husband. Joey came to the book signing for the show. Melissa is rubbing off on him and not in a good way. Melissa will stab you in the back again if given the chance. Be Careful Teresa. You and your hubby need your own show. Stay away from the evil. That includes Caroline and Jac. Gia is a girl of many talents. She reminds me of her mommy.
Bravo never posts anything I write so I'm not sure why I bother....
But Teresa, I feel for you. I see what the others choose to ignore. You are doing a great job raising your beautiful daughters. I imagine Joe is a handful but he loves you and that's wonderful.
Don't let the ignorance and hate get to you. Hang in there and keep your head up. You're doing great.
Love, love, love you Teresa! It was great seeing you in Chicago! You're so beautiful and gracious. I was one of your fans (the Irish girl married to the tall Italian) who waited a couple of hours to see you and I'm SOOO glad you stayed to meet everyone. Thank you so much!! I'm sorry you have to see "so-called" friends be two faced and talk behind your back on tv. They suck! Also, the whole invitation thing about your book signing is ridiculous. I'm just a fan and I knew about them... Melissa and Joe's "excuse" is just lame. You shouldn't have to kiss anyones butt for them to support you. Totally sounds like they're just jealous and bitter of your success.
I love your family. You and Joe are a wonderful couple and great parents. Gia's songs were awesome; she is so introspective and intuitive. I hope things get better between you and your brother. I also hope Melissa quits playing mind games and being toxic (did you see JayMohr's twitter?). Wish you and your family all the best!!
P.S. Love @TrueGia! She's so cute! I hope my husband and I are blessed enough to have a child like her someday. Go G to the ia!