Melissa Gorga wanted her sister-in-law Teresa Giudice to address the naked elephant on the beach.
In an exclusive interview with Page Six, Gorga, 42, opened up about how Giudice, 49, only caused more tension by refusing to talk about the bizarre resurfaced video of fiancé Luis “Louie” Ruelas during the season 12 premiere of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” on Tuesday.
“It was all of Teresa trying to shield the situation and not discuss it that actually made it worse,” said the “Featured” Podcast said the host.
Gorga teased that fans will eventually see Ruelas, 46, explain himself to the cast.
“I was so happy [when he addressed it]. I’m like, ‘Thanks!’ Because I don’t want to talk about him. I really do not know. I don’t want to discuss his issues or anything that happened in his past and I was tired of my mates talking about it,” she recalled.
“Because if my sister-in-law is happy, then I’m happy. I’m like, ‘Leave her in her love bubble, please! May she be happy.’
Ruelas video first making waves online in June 2021 as the “RHONJ” cameras started rolling. In the clip, the shirtless real estate pro asks a mysterious woman for forgiveness. A group of naked men stand behind him, encouraging him to share what’s on his “heart” and not his “fuckin’ brain”.
“I’m coming home to see you to get engaged and reunite our family and finally get married and have a life together,” Ruelas said at one point during the confusing encounter that online circles identified as a “camp of warriors”. ”
“Honestly, it was a bit out there at first [with] all the men in the background. If you don’t know that kind of thing or what kind of camp he was on or whatever, you’re kind of like, ‘Whoa, what is that?’ “, Gorga told Page Six.
“Look, we’ve all had our moments with exes, haven’t we? We’ve all had moments where we look like fools to our exes. So, unfortunately, he had a moment and everyone in speak.
In April 2021, Page Six reported that Luis was “obsessed with sex” and dumped relationships with ex-girlfriends who claimed he got mad if they didn’t meet his sexual demands.
Despite the damning headlines and the disconcerting video, Gorga said Ruelas turned out to be a “great match” for Giudice.
“No one has a bigger past than Teresa, let’s be real,” shop owner Envy said, apparently referring to Giudice’s 11-month jail sentence for mail fraud, wire transfer and bankruptcy that ended ended in December 2015.
“But the past is the past… We have to judge people on what we see now and I’m very attached to that. He’s going to be my brother-in-law. I want him to come with open arms. I want him to prove who he is. I don’t want to read something that someone puts on the internet and judge it based on that. So I didn’t do that. »
Ruelas proposed to Giudice in Greece in October after dating for just over a year.
The couple have since moved in with Giudice’s daughters – Gia, 21, Gabriella, 17, Milania, 15 and Audriana, 12 – and Ruelas’ sons, Louie Jr. and Nicholas, from previous marriages.
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.