Who is Teresa Giudice’s nephew and why did a question about him prompting Giudice to turn into a screaming, swearing, confrontational mess during last night’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey” reunion special?
That’s what everyone is wondering this morning after a comment by Danielle Staub prompted Giudice’s shocking tantrum. Of course since no one can say for sure, the web is full of really over-the-top speculation. Here’s what happened and what people are saying.
What’s odd is that the comment didn’t even seem that bad, by Staub standards.
“Did you acknowledge your nephew? Did you?” Staub asked.
“Yeah, of course I did,” Giudice replied. Then she stopped for a beat. And then she went insane.
“Do not bring up my family. Do not bring up my family!” she screamed as she pointed her finger in Staub’s face and screamed a long string of words that I don’t let my children say.
Andy Cohen tried to restrain Giudice as Staub walked offstage, but viewers were simply wondering why the mention of her unnamed nephew inspired such rage.
The speculation online this morning is that the nephew is actually a love child fathered by Giudice’s husband, Joe Giudice – he of the recent DUI and partner in Teresa’s bankruptcy filing.
It’s never been confirmed, but apparently the rumor has been floating out there for a while. And it could be why some people today are saying Giudice was screaming ” do not BREAK up my family” rather than bring up – though I thought it was bring.
There’s also another theory floating around, advanced by the Houston Chronicle: “Joe’s family has some sort of criminal element and one of his less desirable family members had a baby to whom they’d rather not claim relation.”
Of course it could also just be that Teresa has just plain lost it – she’s certainly been under a lot of stress lately. The bottom line is no one knows the significance of the nephew comment except Staub – and she looked pretty pleased with Teresa’s reaction.