RHONJ vet Jacqueline Laurita returned to the show in this week’s episode and now in a new interview with Bravo she’s revealing details about her famous family feud with Dina, the current state of her friendship with Teresa and how her son Nick is doing.
Bravotv.com: How much progress has Nick made since we saw him last season?
Jacqueline Laurita: Nick can now request pretty much all his needs verbally in 3-4 word sentences. He reads and spells pretty well. He can repeat and label most things. He can answer a few specific questions he was trained to answer, like what his name is, how old he is, and where he lives. He can eat with utensils again. His eye contact has improved a great deal. Heâ€™s more engaged. He is not conversational yet, but I believe itâ€™s coming. He can dress and undress himself. He brushes his teeth. He is starting to recognize and say other family members’ names. You should hear him say Aunt Caroline.
Bravotv.com: What’s your current relationship with Dina like?
JL: Currently there is no relationship between us, but only because she chooses not to have one. Itâ€™s frustrating because I feel like it’s all petty, nonsense stuff, that all just seems silly and unimportant to me. I have other, more important things to focus on, although, Iâ€™m always open to reconciliation with people that are willing and sincere. My husband is probably the most hurt by Dina. Maybe one day we can heal as a family like the Gorgas and Giudices did. Miracles have happened on #RHONJ. All it takes is for both parties to want it at the same time and be sincere about wanting it. (Thatâ€™s the key.)
Bravotv.com: Have you been in touch with Teresa since your text message exchange?
JL: I saw her at Joeâ€™s fatherâ€™s wake and we hugged each other. Other than that, we have only had a few exchanges and her responses to my texts were always pleasant but cold, short, and non-engaging. Iâ€™m totally OK with that now. I worry about her and her family, but I only want true, caring, supportive friends and real, sincere people in my circle. I still wish her and her family peace and happiness, but Iâ€™ve realized that she doesnâ€™t have the qualities of a friend that I want in my life right now. Iâ€™ve let go.
Bravotv.com: Have you moved into a new home yet?
JL: Nope! We’ve had a lot of lookers but no takers. For now, we’re going to keep it up for sale. Who knows, we might just have to stay here? LOL! Whatever is meant to be, will be.”
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