Teresa Giudice is taking to her Bravo Blog after the premiere of Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Teresa reveals she had to give Joe and Melissa space after the Season 4 Reunion. Teresa says it was hard to watch Jacqueline cry for her son, that she’s happy Caroline and her brother have a good relationship, and the one thing that was said that really hurt her!
Teresa writes, “After last season (which was not fun) and the horrible reunion, we all took a big break from each other. We didn’t see each other for over a year. Not seeing my brother and his family was heartbreaking, but after what Joey and Melissa said at the reunion — that they were moving and didn’t want to have anything to do with me or my kids — what could I do? I had to respect their wishes and give them space. It broke my heart, but it was what they wanted. I just concentrated on my own family, on my girls, and prayed that they would find their way back to our family.
Hurricane Sandy hitting New Jersey was the first thing that started to bring us all closer together. When the hurricane hit, it was bad. Scary bad. The storm itself was terrifying and the destruction left behind was unbelievable. Everyone was affected in some way. When you know your friends and family are hurting, when you live through this giant natural disaster, little things like who said what don’t matter any more.
Watching this first episode and reliving everything was hard. It was hard to see the devastation of Sandy again. It was hard to see my brother thinking I didn’t care about him. It was hard for me to see Jacqueline cry for her son.
I give Jacqueline a lot of credit for sharing Nicholas’ story. Dealing with his disorder and dealing with it publicly takes a lot of courage. Nicholas holds a special place in my heart because he was born three months before Audriana. Jacqueline and I were pregnant together, did our first major magazine photo shoot together with our babies, and used to joke that Nicholas and Audriana would be sweethearts. He is such a beautiful boy.
I was so happy to get Milania and Antonia back together for the first time in over a year! I love that little girl! (I love my nephews too of course!) They do live so close, they love each other, and it was sad Melissa didn’t want her kids to see mine. My kids have other cousins on Joe’s side –Joe’s sister has 4 girls and his brother has 3 girls–all the same age! That’s 11 little girls we have running around — we need Gino and Joey around to balance things out! Joe’s family also lives close, so my girls still had lots of fun family events all year. Melissa’s kids don’t since her sisters are so much older, their kids are all grown up. I always felt so bad that her kids were missing out on their only cousins their age. But happily, they are back together! Antonia and Milania are in the same cheerleading class now, so they are thick as thieves again! I hope they are never, ever separated ever again.
You can see how I raise my kids to respect and love their family no matter what. Even after all the hurt, I still had Melissa listed as “Zia Melissa” in my phone. Adults might not always get along, but the kids shouldn’t suffer because of it. I hated the time I didn’t see Kathy and Rosie growing up, and I would never want that for my kids.
I honestly didn’t care what anyone said about me in their interviews (although I did laugh at Jacqueline’s bleaching comment!), I’m so happy Joey and Caroline have found love. God bless them! Love doesn’t have limits. Loving one person doesn’t mean you can’t love a million more. I love that people love my brother.
The only thing that hurt me was when Melissa said staying away from your siblings is how Joey and I grew up because of Kathy’s mom and mine and Joey’s dad. The issue wasn’t between my dad and his sister. It was between IN-LAWS: Kathy’s dad and my dad. And it was over business dealings. Family is everything to us, and that’s how we were raised. Melissa wasn’t around back then, so she really has no idea. I would never make a comment about how her dad raised her because I have no idea. It’s not my business, it’s disrespectful, and I wasn’t there. Her comment was months ago, and we’re in a good place now, I just wanted to clear that up on behalf of my family. You know how protective I am of my parents! I adore them and owe them everything. They raised Joey and me in a house of love.”
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