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Melissa Gorga Says We'll See Her and Joe "Struggling" in Their Marriage in RHONJ Season 11

"It’s very different this season for Joe and I,” The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member said.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Melissa Joe Gorga Marriage Issues

Prepare to see a very different side of Melissa and Joe Gorga's relationship when Season 11 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres Wednesday, February 17 at 9/8c.

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Melissa shared some of what we'll see her and Joe going through in the new season of RHONJ during a recent interview with Us Weekly. “This season, it’s very raw. It’s very real. It’s very different this season for Joe and I,” Melissa said. “We’ve done very good for 11 years. We’re a great couple. We try really hard. We fight really hard for our family, and it’s not easy to be on reality TV for 11 years and still stand strong.”

Melissa added, “It’s not easy. We’re struggling."

The New Jersey Housewife went on to explain that change is at the root of her issues with Joe. “He likes things to stay the same. I’ve been with him since I was 24 years old. So I’ve changed, and I feel like this is a scary part of marriage," Melissa explained. "Either you’re going to grow together or you’re going to grow apart. And I think we’re fighting really hard to grow together."

Melissa and Joe wed in 2004 and have three children: daughter Antonia, 15, son Gino, 13, and son Joey, 10.

When it comes to how Melissa and Joe are doing now, she told Us Weekly, "We're working on it, and we're working really hard." 

"What we really want is each other, and we love our kids and our family, and there's just so much history. It just takes a little give and take. I'm not the same girl when I was 24 anymore. I gave up a lot to stay home and to take care of my kids. And now my kids are more independent, and I want things back that I had when I was in college, when I was working three jobs when I met Joe," Melissa continued. "I think he forgets who I am deep down inside. The reason Joe fell in love with me is because I worked three jobs. Little things like that, but you'll see that throughout the season."

The RHONJ couple worked through similar challenges in the past as Melissa devoted more and more of her time to her Envy boutique. However, Melissa noted during a 2019 appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that Joe was getting "better" with his feelings about her career.

Melissa showed that all of the “Gorgas are ready for SEASON 11" in a behind-the-scenes Boomerang video shared on Instagram in January.

We are so ready, too.

Catch the Season 11 premiere of RHONJ on Wednesday, February 17 at 9/8c. Get more RHONJ on the Bravo app.

Melissa returns in RHONJ Season 11, along with Teresa Giudice, Dolores Catania, Margaret Josephs, Jennifer Aydin, and Jackie Goldschneider. See what the Garden State gals have in store for us in the new season, below.

Your First Look at The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 11
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