On Wednesday’s all-new episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Jennifer Aydin’s mother lies to her grandmother about her son’s Steven Altinel‘s sexuality.
“At Church, the priest was talking about how God says to love everyone, but someone said the priests don’t support gays,” Gabby, 12, tells Jennifer, 42, and Jennifer’s mom in the January 1st episode. “I was like, ‘Don’t the priests love my uncle?’ Because Steve is gay.”
Jennifer Aydin’s mother looks embarrassed by what she’s hearing and asks Gabby who told her. Jennifer tells her that Gabby overheard a conversation she had with her brother.
“I didn’t know that,” Gabby’s grandmother responds.
“I knew my mother didn’t like talking about Steven’s sexuality, but hearing her lying to her own granddaughter … that really bothers me,” Jennifer Aydin reveals in a talking head confessional. “I grew up with my mom lying to keep up a facade and that was my normal, and that’s not what I want my kids’ normal to be. I live my life trying to be forthright and truthful with everything.”
Gabby then tells her grandmother of a discussion she had with a school counselor.
“The school counselor was like, ‘Think of the person that you like. You don’t think if they’re a boy or girl, you just think, a person,’” she says, and her mom couldn’t be more proud of her daughter.
In a previous episode, Steven opened up to his sister about his sexuality and she claims that she wasn’t aware.
“I didn’t feel like I belonged anywhere and music and theater allows the ‘weirdos’ to feel important, so it was, you know, finding my tribe. I think being gay was a huge part of that,” he revealed at the time. “But I didn’t discover that until I went to college.”
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The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Bravo Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.