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*This* RHONJ Guy Was Once Rachel Fuda’s Trainer at the Gym

Get to know Rachel Fuda, one of the new RHONJ cast members who will appear on Season 13.

By Shannon Raphael

When Season 13 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres on February 7, viewers will get to meet new cast members Danielle Cabral and Rachel Fuda (plus new “friend” Jennifer Fessler).

How to Watch

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

Rachel, who is a mom and stepmom, revealed all about her life, her background, and her connection to the group (hint: it involves Frank Catania) during a recent Q&A posted to her Instagram Stories.

Find out all about Rachel by scrolling below!

Who is RHONJ’s Rachel Fuda?

The 31-year-old ’Wife is now a Jersey girl, but she was born on Long Island, New York. Her family moved to the Bergen County, New Jersey, area when she was around 2 years old, as she revealed in her Q&A.

She met her husband, John Fuda, at a New Jersey nightclub

The Season 13 addition met her now-husband, John Fuda, at the 46 Lounge in Totowa, New Jersey. Rachel was bartending at a few different spots at the time, and she said that John would show up at whatever bar she was working in to ask her out. Because Rachel had just gotten out of a relationship, she repeatedly denied John’s invitations. He eventually convinced her to let him take her out on one date. 

The pair went on their first date in Hoboken, and the rest is history.

The couple wed at the Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale, New Jersey, in 2017, and Rachel officially became a stepmom to John’s teenage son from a previous relationship, Jaiden. The spouses have since welcomed two daughters of their own: Gianella “GiGi” and Giuliana. Rachel’s youngest was born just seven and a half weeks before she began filming RHONJ. 

The spouses work together at Fuda Tile

In addition to parenting together, Rachel and John work together at Valet King (a valet parking service) and Fuda Tile, which has been John’s family’s business since 1948.

She’s close pals with Frank Catania’s girlfriend, Brittany

While Rachel is friends with some of the ladies in the cast (and her stepson is friends with Melissa Gorga’s son, but you’ll have to find out more about those relationships when Season 13 premieres), her longest-standing friendship is actually with Frank Catania’s girlfriend, Brittany Mattessich. 

Rachel met Brittany “at the gym over 10 years ago now” and referred to Frank’s girlfriend as a “lifelong friend.” Frank previously trained both ladies at said gym.

“No matter what, we always come back to each other, and I love her,” Rachel shared on Instagram.

Rachel revealed whether she was a fan of RHONJ before she joined the cast

During her Q&A, the mom shared that she had seen the show before but wasn’t a devoted follower.

“I watched the show from start to finish during COVID… I mean, I had watched random episodes [before]. I’m not a huge TV person,” she explained. “Like, even the other franchises, I like them, I enjoy them, but I have TV show commitment issues. I don’t know what my problem is. So, did I like the show? Yeah. I don’t know if I would consider myself a fan, like a fan-fan, but I watched it.”

You can watch Rachel make her RHONJ debut when Season 13 premieres on Tuesday, February 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT with a 75-minute supersize episode. Each week, the episode will stream next day on Peacock

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