Jacqueline Laurita: I felt ‘used’ by manipulative Melissa Gorga

Jacqueline Laurita doubled down on her previous claim that Melissa Gorga is “very good at manipulating people” – including herself.

“I was also upset and confused about the way Melissa turned her back on me on camera after I was a good and supportive friend to her. I felt used by her,” the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” alum, 52, told AllAboutTRH in an interview published on Sunday.

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Laurita claimed that Gorga, 43, made her feel “paranoid” over her relationship with Gorga’s sister-in-law and Laurita’s former friend, Teresa Giudice.

An old photo of Melissa Gorga and Jacqueline Laurita posing together
Jacqueline Laurita said she felt “used” by Melissa Gorga – who was “very good at manipulating people” – on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”
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“I believe Melissa was jealous that Teresa and I were getting along and she knew that producers were pushing for us to be friends again,” she said, adding that Gorga was ultimately able to create a “wedge” in their years-long friendship.

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“That’s when I realized who she really is and I had no interest in ever talking to her again from that day on,” Laurita said. She later noted that Gorga “can lie with a straight face.”

Kathy Wakile, Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, Melissa Gorga sitting together filming "RHONJ"
“I felt used by her,” Laurita said of her former co-star.

Jacqueline Laurita, Lauren Manzo, Caroline Manzo, Melissa Gorga, Kathy Wakile, Teresa Giudice sitting together filming "RHONJ"
“I felt used by her,” Laurita said of her former co-star.


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Gorga’s rep had no comment on the claims.

As for her future on Bravo, the mom of three emphasized she has “zero interest” in returning to “RHONJ” and can’t “realistically” see herself on the “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip” spinoff – unlike her sister-in-law Caroline Manzo who is currently filming Season 4 of the Peacock show in Morocco.

A photo of Melissa Gorga and Jacqueline Laurita taking a selfie together
Laurita also accused Gorga of being able to “lie with a straight face.”

Melissa Gorga, Siggy Flicker, Dolores Catania, Teresa Giudice, Jacqueline Laurita eating at a table
Laurita also accused Gorga of being able to “lie with a straight face.”


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Laurita’s statements came after she made various claims about Gorga – including that she was “very good at manipulating people” and referred to Manzo, 61, as “too old and boring” to return to “RHONJ.”

Jacqueline Laurita and her husband, Chris Laurita posing for a red carpet
The Bravolebrity also divulged that she has no interest in returning to the hit Bravo show.
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For her part, Gorga denied using those words to describe Manzo and commented on Page Six’s Instagram post, “I love Caroline always have.”

Season 13 of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” premieres Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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