Melissa Gorga Opens Up About Teresa Giudice’s Prison Crisis: “We Are Strong as a Family and We Won’t Let it Break Us”

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Real Housewives of New Jersey” star, Melissa Gorga stepped out in New York City Wednesday night for the grand opening of Sushi Roxx at the Tuscany Hotel and provided an update of her imprisoned sister-in-law, Teresa Giudice.

“I think we’ve bonded a lot,” she told PEOPLE. The RHONJ star added, their family is doing “really well” given the circumstances.

Teresa Giudice is currently serving a 15-month prison sentence at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution for multiple fraud charges, while her husband, Joe cares of their four daughters Gia, 14, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 5. Upon Teresa’s release, Joe will begin serving his 3.5 year prison sentence.

“I see the girls a lot,” said Melissa. “Joe has seen Teresa, he’s been there to visit her, and I think that we are strong as a family, and I think the kids are doing very well, better than we all thought.”

When questioned about Joe Giudice’s, ‘Mr. Mom’ reality show being in production, Gorga was tight lipped. 

“I know everyone’s talking about the Jersey special that’s coming out,” she said. “It’s not confirmed yet by Bravo, so I am tight-lipped!”

As All About the Tea reported, Bravo is investing in multiple episodes featuring single dad, Juicy Joe, maneuvering his day-to-day with his four daughters while mom, Teresa Guidice serves her prison sentence. Reports suggest Teresa Giudice will participate (via prison telephone) on the reality show but this is not confirmed. Eyewitnesses have confirmed to us that Bravo is indeed filming Joe and his daughters.

READ: Teresa Giudice Will Film Joe Giudice’s ‘Mr. Mom’ Reality Show From Behind Bars

Melissa and cousin Kathy Wakile address the challenges of balancing reality fame.

“When you sign up for reality TV, you give it your all, you give yourself to something,” Gorga explained. “You just have to own up to who you are and what you are and how you live.”

Kathy’s perspective is dead-on, she nails the importance of transparency on camera.

“We’re really the same people that we always have been,” said Wakile, 49. “When you tell the truth you can’t get caught. That’s the thing, some people live lies their whole life. We tell the truth.”

On the Giudices’ legal crisis playing out in the public, Gorga said“There’s no hiding. When you sign on that dotted line you know that’s what you’re doing, and that’s what we’ve done as a family together. We haven’t let it break us and we won’t let it break us.”


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