Jacqueline Laurita

Jacqueline opens up about why she skipped the reunion.

on Apr 22, 2012

Joe was trying to express to her that he WOULD be there for Teresa if she needed him and reminded her that when they asked for $25,000 one morning, Joey got it to her by that same evening. To me, that is being there in times of need. I noticed that instead of Teresa acknowledging and being appreciative of that kind gesture, her tone and mood immediately and completely changed as if she didn't want anyone else knowing that he ever did anything nice to try to help her. Yet she had no problem letting the world know that he had not been there for her. Why? That was the first I had ever heard of Joey helping out with the $25,000. I was made to believe he had not been there for her since Melissa came around. I think Teresa has a fear of Melissa and her brother outshining her and Joe. I believe everybody can shine.

I understood and I sympathized with Teresa on how she felt when her family joined the show. She had some ill feelings towards all of them, and she felt they came in on her thing and never asked for her opinion about it. It felt sneaky to her. She felt blindsided. I totally get that. I do think that it is possible they may have come on the show to have some of the same opportunities Teresa was given from doing the show, but then circumstances during filming unexpectedly opened up Pandora’s box.

As a friend and honorary family member of Teresa's at that time, and as someone who truly cared about her well being, I was getting increasingly concerned about her. I started to notice some odd behavior that was I hadn’t noticed before. Our friendship had always been so simple and fun. She never saw me as a threat like she did her family. I always let her shine. Maybe her family knew things about her that I didn't, and she felt a little threatened that secrets would be revealed. Totally understandable. She had a very hard time accepting the fact that they were on and there was nothing she could do about it. But it was what it was, and I felt like she needed to accept it at this point so she could be able to move forward.