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Rosie of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Explains Why She Came Out To Her Niece and Nephew

June 04, 2012 10:30 AM by Shayla Perry

Yes, Kathy Wakile‘s sister, Rosie is gay. As she says herself, “it’s not rocket science to figure it out!” But for the fan fave of Bravo‘s Real Housewives of New Jersey, it was important for her to finally come out to her teenage niece and nephew, and to share that special moment with the rest of the world — or at least those of us who watch RHONJ.

We’ve all loved Kathy Wakile’s sister, Rosie Pierri, since the moment we first saw her on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. And from the beginning, it was pretty clear that Rosie’s gay. So it was kind of surprising to hear in last night’s episode that no one had ever bothered to mention that to Kathy’s kids,Victoria, 17, and Joey, 15.

Why did the family wait so long, and what made them decide to do it on camera?

“You know what it was? Last season, they flashed me in a few times on the show and I knew I was going to be caught on camera again ’cause I’m with my sister and the kids and Richie a lot,” Rosie explains to The Huffington Post. “So the viewers — it’s not rocket science to figure out! So I figured they’re going to see some things, maybe [the tabloids] would say some things or whatever. And the kids, I was getting worried about that. I didn’t want them to find out that way.”

They may be teens, but Rosie says that Victoria and Joey are “very innocent children,” and they didn’t know.

“They don’t look at me like that,” says Pierri. “They look at me as their Aunt Rosie. They see me as funny, happy, having a good time, kidding around. That’s what they see. They don’t see somebody who is gay or not gay; they have a loving heart.”

The decision, Rosie says, came from a discussion with her sister, Kathy, asking her to speak to the kids, with the understanding that Ro would then talk to them herself. As for doing it all in front of the cameras, that was just Rosie being Rosie, wanting to help anyone else who may be struggling with coming out.

And that’s just one of the reasons we love her so much!

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