Melissa and Joe Gorga are the stuff that relationship dreams are made of. But even The Real Housewives of New Jersey husband and wife have faced their fair share of challenges over the years, just like any couple.
Melissa recently told ET that her views on the husband's and wife's roles in a marriage have drastically changed in recent years after starting her own business with her Envy boutique. “I feel like a lot of people don't know that, and look at us like we are the perfect couple, but we do argue a lot,” she shared. “We argue a lot because I am such a working girl now. And he's truly very traditional and he's breaking into it slowly, but just me being here in LA for four days, you know, he's losing his mind. So it's like a very hard struggle.”
The RHONJ fashionista added that "it's scary" trying to balance her career ambitions with her obligations at home. “I would be dead honest with this, and if [Joe] were sitting here, he would say the same," she shared. "We are really battling it out right now.”
Melissa admitted to ET that she's even starting to understand how Real Housewives relationships can really be put through the wringer. “I've been on the show for eight years,” she said. “I was [always] like, ‘We're good, we got this. I don't know what everybody else’s problem is, all these Housewives are getting divorces’… and then I'm like, ‘Oh, I get this. OK, we're hitting a moment.’”
But don't worry, RHONJ fans; Melissa assured ET that her relationship with Joe is as solid as ever after 14 years of marriage, thanks to the work they continue to put into it. “We're fighting really hard and I think at the end of the day you really have to have the true love for one another because if you don't, you're not gonna get through this,” she shared. “[He] and I truly do love one another, and we're gonna fight for [our] love, our kids.”
There has been speculation about the future of Melissa's sister-in-law Teresa Giudice and her marriage to Joe Giudice following the couple's legal issues. But with the news that Joe Giudice could be deported back to Italy following the completion of his 41-month prison sentence next year, Teresa has been adamant about shutting down rumors that she would ever consider divorcing her husband. "No. We're going to be a family, and we're going to fight this and get through this," she told ET in October.
Melissa opened up more about how her family is holding up after Joe Giudice's deportation ruling in the November 28 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. View it, below.