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Gia Giudice's RHONJ "Wakin' Up in the Morning" Moment Lives On (Exclusive Merch)

This coffee mug is for The Real Housewives of New Jersey fans who relate to Teresa Giudice's daughter's iconic song. 

By Sophy Ziss

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Watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey Sundays at 8/7c on Bravo and stream next day on Peacock.

If you're a fan of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, there's a solid chance that on occasion, you start the day by "Wakin' up in the morning, thinkin' about so many things." To help you sort through those thoughts, we're hooking you up with the perfect way to get through your mornings: a coffee mug inspired by the Season 3, Episode 16 moment. 

Later dubbed "Sad Song," Gia Giudice's performance at her little sister Milania Giudice's birthday party was a moment of self-expression. It's also so memorable that the audio went TikTok viral more than a decade after the episode first aired. Even Andy Cohen's "Sad Song" reference on Instagram made headlines, earning a response from Gia herself.

Gia's song was in reference to her feelings about the tension in her family, specifically between her mom and RHONJ cast member Teresa Giudice, and her uncle, Joe Gorga. In the years since, it's become famous as a standalone moment for its honesty. Who hasn't had a day where they felt like they were waking up in the morning, hoping things would get better?

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Gia Giudice singing a song at her sister Milania Giudice's Birthday paryt.

Naturally, we put the phrase on a mug. If you're a fan of RHONJ and morning coffee or tea person, or really not a morning person at all, you'll be ready to face the day as long as you have this mug by your side.

Shop the "Wakin' Up in the Morning" mug

Is Gia still singing today?

These days, Gia's pretty busy. In May 2023, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Criminal Justice. As she told The Daily Dish in December 2023, Gia is prepping for the LSAT and planning on applying to law school.

In Gia's March 14 appearance as the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen bartender, she confirmed that her "law career" is "great" and "still in the works." She went on to say that she's "also riding out [her] influencer career right now, and really having a lot of fun with that."

The RHONJ daughter is also dating Christian Carmichael, and frequently shares photos of the duo traveling the world, enjoying delicious meals, and just generally being adorable together on social media.

Would Gia join RHONJ as a cast member?

If you've been wondering if Gia plans to ever get a tagline of her own, you're not alone! OK! Magazine asked Gia if she'd ever become an official part of the RHONJ cast in December.

"Listen, you never know what could happen in the future," she replied, adding that while "dealing with my family's legal issues in the public eye" had presented its challenges over the years, the show's "fan base" and support always helps. Plus, she's appreciative of "the opportunities that this platform brings."

RHONJ Season 14 premieres May 5. Catch up on Peacock and in the Bravo app.

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