Teresa Giudice is reportedly “flipping out” due to fear that “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is making her look like a bad mother. According to a new report, the mother of four is especially concerned about how she looks on the most recent season of the show.
Although Giudice has been outwardly confident that the season represents a positive turn for her, insiders said that she is privately concerned about how she’s portrayed in the series, especially regarding her interactions with her children.
“Teresa is afraid that she’s being shown in a bad light, especially in her interactions with her children,” a source close to Giudice told Radar Online. “Teresa is flipping out. She is a good mom, and she’s worried about how she’s starting to look when she asks her kids about family drama. She doesn’t want anyone to think she isn’t a great mother.”
Giudice, 41, has previously faced criticism for her parenting style with her four daughters, Gia, Milania, Gabriella and Audriana. Some of her cast mates have warned Giudice that she gives her daughters too much free reign, spoiling them and allowing them to talk back too much. Giudice’s sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, 36, with whom she has had an ongoing feud over the years, said that she wouldn’t even allow her own daughter, Antonia, to go over to their house because of the way Teresa talked in front of her children.
Gorga complained that Giudice and her husband had spread “terrible lies” about her and called her names in front of their children. Speaking of whether she’d feel comfortable leaving her daughter alone at the Giudice’s home for a day, Melissa wrote in a blog post, “Hear it right from the horse’s mouth: I wouldn’t. I don't want Antonia exposed to lies and insults about her mom by her other relatives. And I knew she would be.”
In another post, Gorga wrote, "As far as parenting goes ... I try my hardest not to involve my kids in very mature matters. That's not my style. My kids don't have the slightest idea what's going on with the Giudices.
"They're too young to understand the complicated, ugly situation. I'd certainly never confide in my 7-year-old and ask her for personal advice, as if she were my best friend! She's a child, not a friend."
Giudice has previously battled with her Bravo cast mates, including even one of her formerly closest allies, Caroline Manzo, as well her own family members. But in new interviews, Giudice promised that this current season will mark a dramatic change of direction.
"This season, I think you're gonna see the old Teresa back," Giudice told Us magazine. "I'm happy this season. Don't get me wrong -- I did a lot of crying, too. And it took a lot of hard work to get to where we are now. But I enjoyed this season."
In a sit-down conversation with the publication, Manzo and Giudice talked about how their perspectives had both changed. "I think this season is a lot of self-reflection," Manzo said. "And there's a lot of real truths when we speak to each other. ... Our discussions are real, and they're deep, and they can be very hurtful at times."
Giudice added, "I heard this phrase the other day, and it's true: 'The people that you love the most sometimes hurt you the most.'"