The Real Housewives of New Jersey is infamous for its knock-down-drag-out brawls -- and this season is no exception. But Jacqueline Laurita tells Life & Style that the on-air feud between her and longtime friend Teresa Giudice, 40, has bubbled over behind-the-scenes. "I realized she is not a friend," Jacqueline shares in the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now.
The 42-year-old claims that Teresa "sabotaged business dealings and said things behind my back that really upset me." And it's all because Jacqueline wouldn't talk trash about Teresa's sister in law and costar, Melissa Gorga. "She wanted us to help make Melissa look bad on camera," she says. "It got ugly. Teresa's hatred is very deep."
Things grew so tense that Jacqueline says she cut Teresa out of her life and hasn't seen her in almost a year. "The friendship was so toxic that I just don't need that in my life anymore," she shares. "I give everyone the benefit of the doubt and when I figure out someone is no good, I ex them out of my life."
But the former friends will have to face-off on this season's reunion, which is set to be taped later this summer. Is Jacqueline scared to face Teresa, who spoke about punching Jacqueline in the face this season? "She doesn't intimidate me at all -- if she wants to come at me, go for it!" says Jacqueline. In fact, "Once the season is over and the reunion is done, her name will not come out of my mouth again."