When Jacqueline Laurita was a no-show at the recent reunion special for The Real Housewives of New Jersey, fans were stumped about why the brunette — who has boasted she never shies away from confrontation — would skip an opportunity to ream out her new enemy Teresa Giudice. But In Touch can reveal that Jacqueline, 41, refused to attend because she was “terrified” a shocking secret would come to light — that she was once a Las Vegas stripper!
“She feared that [former castmate] Danielle Staub would make a surprise appearance and tell all about Jacqueline’s stripping past,” an insider tells In Touch. “She didn’t want to face the truth.”
The truth is a far cry from the luxurious life she leads today. “At the time, she was a single mom who needed to dance at a club in order to pay her bills,” an insider says, adding that she was saved from the seedy life of exotic dancing when her husband, Chris, met her at the club and they fell in love. Another source shares, “She has confirmed her stripper past to multiple friends who are covering up for her — she is telling everyone to deny it!”