After an explosive season of family feuds, fighting and cheating rumors, Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice tells In Touch in an exclusive interview the moment she finally reached her breaking point.
“I said to myself I wasn’t going to get upset, but I couldn’t help it,” Teresa says in the new issue of In Touch — on newsstands now — about her meltdown at the upcoming reunion show. “After the taping was done, I broke down. I started crying, and I couldn’t stop.”
Teresa says things escalated when “Melissa grabbed my arms like she wanted to fight me,” she reveals of the heated reunion exchange. “I told her to get the hell off me.”
Under attack by her castmates ever since the dramatic season finale taped, Teresa has been accused of setting up her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga by trying to expose her alleged past as a stripper. The Housewives believe she was behind a plan to having former gentleman’s club manager Angelo Vrohidis approach Melissa at a fashion show and insinuate she’d once been a stripper.
Even though Angelo was caught on tape saying Teresa and her friend Kim DePaola had put him up to it, Teresa maintains she was an innocent bystander. “I know in my heart I did nothing. I feel like I’m making myself sick over this.”
Since the fashion-show incident, Teresa has been torn up inside and confesses that she longs for emotional support. “I need help,” she admits. “Everyone is against me and ganging up on me.”
The Housewife says she’s had crying fits over her frosty relationship with her brother and is left questioning whether fame has cost her the close-knit family she once had. “We’ve never gone without speaking until we were on a reality show together. This is exactly what I didn’t want,” she says. “It’s heartbreaking.”
For more from Teresa’s emotional interview, pick up the new issue of In Touch, on newsstands now.