June 18, 2009 04:03 PM by Britteny Elrick
Recently, Momlogic.com caught up with Theresa from The Real Housewives of New Jersey to talk about her freak out on the last episode. She also opens up about her newly announced pregnancy, the Danielle scandal, her plans for next season, and also offers some advice to moms everywhere. Keep reading for the full interview…
ML: When we last spoke, you had just announced your pregnancy. How are you feeling? And how far along are you now?
Teresa: I’m feeling good, doing good, thank you. We are still not finding out if it’s a boy or girl … it’s going to be a surprise.
ML: There has been buzz over the last few weeks about last night’s episode…. Now that it aired, and you’ve seen it, what is your reaction to the table incident and your behavior?
Teresa: It was a result of being pushed to the limit. I had enough. I reached my breaking point. There were a lot of things that happened off the scenes and things you’ve seen that happened on TV, like with her attacking my husband. It was inappropriate and she shouldn’t have done that. It all made me get to that point. I mean, it’s my girlfriend, Dina, that I’ve known for 14 years, and I had to help her. Anybody would do that for a friend. I didn’t like the way she [Dina] was getting attacked. Danielle said something and I just snapped. I’ve never done that in my life. It was a long time coming.
I didn’t appreciate her attacking my husband. She was trying to go to a place where she shouldn’t have gone with the gay thing. My husband didn’t mean anything malicious. He was with Steve earlier that day, they were getting haircuts. She and Steve broke up the day before. Steve brought her there, and he was making fun of Steve. He was calling Steve out, it was a guy thing. He was making fun of Steve. My husband is really down to earth, a cool guy, and we have many gay friends. Danielle likes to push buttons and make controversy for no reason.
ML: How do you feel about Danielle now?
Teresa: Whatever. I am fine. If I see her, I am cordial. We have to do things together, but do we hang out or talk on the phone? No! We are adults. She has been nice to me. She knew I just snapped and couldn’t take it anymore. In the reunion show, she does things … you’ll have to wait and see what she says.
ML: Did you see Danielle on the “Today” show? If so, what did you think of her appearance?
Teresa: Yes, I saw it. I am sure the truth will all come out. She’s trying to claim they’re lies, but I doubt it. She says she stripped without taking her top off … We know she did. You don’t strip without taking your top off! Eventually, the truth always comes out and it always bites you in the ass. I don’t care … it’s her life. My whole point was: If she wanted to fit in, she should have just told us about the book. We’re doing a TV show together, what do you think … It’s not going to come out? I think we should have known because it’s a scary thing. Who is this person? Do I want her around my kids and family? No! We weren’t shutting her out, it’s the way she went about it. I was really scared when they told me she knows the Colombian cartel. If you hang out with her, you can get killed. People relate us to being in the mob … Come on, if I was, I wouldn’t be on TV.
ML: During this interview and on your blog, you said Danielle has done other things off camera to push your buttons…. Can you give an example of what else went on between the two of you behind the scenes that caused tension?
Teresa: She’s acted inappropriately in front of my daughter. She made out with Steve … she tongued him right in front of my daughter at my shore house. You don’t do things like that. My daughter knows Steve and it’s not appropriate behavior. I don’t even do that in front of my kids.
ML: Are you done with the show? Or are you planning to return for another season?
Teresa: We were asked to return for another season. We will see … I am sure we’ll know in about a month.
ML: From the first episode to the present — how do you think people perceive you now?
Teresa: I think they love me. From all my comments, I think everyone thinks I am really real. I wouldn’t let someone get to me like that before. Would I do it again? Probably not. I never met a more calculating person in my life. I am easy-going, I don’t try to be malicious, but she has a plan for everything. I still don’t know her, I am not scared of her, but it’s something … it’s weird. I want people to know this was NOT an act!
ML: Most women can relate to being part of a group of friends where there are different personalities, different ages, and different social statuses amongst the group. What advice can you give to our moms, in terms of keeping peace and harmony within the group — even when issues and differences arise?
Teresa: If I don’t click with you from day one, I am not going to be your friend. We need to click from day 1. That’s the way friendships happen. You can’t make them happen because it’s very hard to click later on. If I meet a group of women and I don’t like someone, I stay away. Some women try to fit in because it’s the thing to do. You have to click. It’s like a relationship with a guy — it’s the same with friendship. I never fight with my friends. They never see me upset. I never had a fight with Dina. If we have something to say, we say it and move on. If she had a question or doubt, we’d talk. Throughout the season, she said, “Teresa, did you say this?” I would say, “No” and we moved on. I’ve known Dina the longest and we’re open. Caroline is amazing. But with Danielle … you have to be trustworthy. When I first met her, I thought she was warm and nice, but she likes to say things to hurt your feelings and push your buttons. You can’t overstep your boundaries. I did give her a chance and I did become her friend in the beginning. She was fun, funny … but she did things to make me end up at this point. She pushed my buttons, and to be a good friend, you don’t need to push buttons.
I heard she changed her name three times from Beverly to Danielle, and I heard the name Angela from somewhere. Why would someone do that? There has to be some truth. I have no skeletons in my closet — that’s why I did the show. I can stand up with my head held high. If you did something, own up to it — we’ll respect her more for that.
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