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Melissa Sounds Off on Jackie’s Friendship with Teresa: "I'm Just Shocked"

RHONJ's Melissa Gorga says Jackie Goldschneider and Teresa Giudice's relationship doesn't seem "real."

By Joshua Espinoza
Margaret Josephs Calls Jackie Goldschneider “Teresa Giudice with Brains”

Months after squashing their years-long feud, Teresa Giudice and Jackie Goldschneider insist they’re back on great terms. But if you ask Melissa Gorga, the friendship doesn’t seem authentic.

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey mom explained her position in a recent interview with People magazine, saying she was “shocked” by Jackie’s unwavering loyalty to her former foe, Teresa.

“I think the fans are going to see it was very obvious with what Jackie was trying to do here, and it doesn’t come off real or for the right reasons,” Melissa told the outlet. “So it’s sad because I was her biggest advocate. I loved her. I said from day one, ‘She’s a strong girl.’ She was next to me all the time… I don’t hate Jackie. I’m just shocked by her, and I would say disappointed and I can’t believe she chose that route.”

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Melissa was specifically pressed about the heated exchange in RHONJ Season 14, Episode 5, in which Rachel Fuda reminded the group that Teresa had spread infidelity rumors about Jackie’s husband, Evan Goldschneider.

Jackie insisted she didn’t “give a f-ck” about the cheating allegations, which were brought up on RHONJ Season 11. 

“She picked on your marriage and it hurt you,” Melissa interjected. “I’ll never let you deny that.”

But Jackie wasn’t moved.

“Why are you trying to convince me right now that I still need to be mad about it?” Jackie asked Melissa, before telling the group she had “moved on” from the Teresa drama. “I’m not going to let anybody tell me how to feel.”

Melissa Gorga says her fallout with Jackie was "weird"

In the months following Jackie and Teresa’s reconciliation, Melissa noticed that Jackie had become increasingly distant. The Envy boutique owner, who is no longer on speaking terms with Teresa, suspected it had something to do with Margaret Josephs, who previously accused Jackie of being a bad friend.

“We had a great relationship and I guess because [Jackie] had this thing with Margaret, she tried to take it out on me too and say certain things to me that I was like, ‘Where is this coming from?’” Melissa explained. “And you’ll see that as the season goes on because it’s weird, if anything.”

Jackie is "excited" about her renewed friendship with Teresa

Jackie Goldschneider and Teresa Giudice Take Another Step in Their Friendship

Fans will get a closer look at Jackie and Teresa’s friendship in RHONJ Season 14, Episode 6, which airs June 9. In a newly released sneak peek, Jackie reflects on making amends with Teresa and why she enjoys being around her “fun” energy.

“I want to be surrounded by nice people and people who make me happy, so here we are. I don’t want the heavy stuff,” Jackie said in the episode. “I want to be surrounded by nice people and people who make me happy… I’m really excited that I’m hanging out with Teresa. And if I was looking at this a year ago, I don’t think I’d be able to explain it to myself.”

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