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Teresa Giudice on Jacqueline Laurita: "She Looks Like a Stranger to Me"
Can #RHONJ's former friends mend their fractured relationship?
There's no doubt that tensions were running high when the ladies gathered for dinner in Vermont during Sunday's episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. And Jacqueline Laurita, Teresa Giudice, and Melissa Gorga were smack-dab in the middle of all the drama. The heated argument between the longtime friends brought up past controversies (including accusations that Melissa was once a stripper) and escalated to the point where Jacqueline called Teresa a "criminal."
On Sunday night, The Daily Dish spoke to Teresa, who shared her side of the dinner party kerfuffle.
"She's just not the Jacqueline that I know. The Jacqueline I know didn't act that way," Teresa said. "I heard of her acting that way, I've never seen that side of her. And now I did and she looks like a stranger to me. It's not somebody that I want to be around. I really don't. I have a lot going on and I want to stay away from negative people that don't want good for me. Why would I want to be around someone like that?"
In interview during Sunday's episode, Melissa explained that she felt Jacqueline was jealous of how close she's gotten with Teresa since she came home from prison last December. "Yeah, sort of, yes. I mean, I can get more into it, but yes [I agree]," Teresa said on Watch What Happens Live about that point from her sister-in-law. "Jacqueline wanted Melissa to take her side and when she didn't, that's when it all backfired. Like, before I came home."
As for whether Teresa thinks she can ever mend her fractured relationship with her former pal, well, she told The Daily Dish, "I guess time will tell. Right now she's not someone I want to be around. You don't treat people that way you really don't." She added that she's also waiting to see how becoming a grandma might change Jacqueline. "I guess time will tell."
Teresa noted that Jacqueline will definitely have the most explaining to do when the ladies sit down to hash out Season 7 at the reunion. "Hello? Did you watch tonight's episode? The grandma!" she said. "Watch the reunion and then you'll see [what I have to say]."
Relive that tense dinner in Vermont, below.