Teresa Giudice is blaming Joe Gorga for her husband, Luis Ruelas, allegedly losing $250,000 in a business deal gone wrong.
Giudice spoke to her “Real Housewives of New Jersey” co-stars Jennifer Aydin and Bill Aydin about her strained relationship with her brother in a preview of next week’s episode, saying she was “tired” of “protecting” him.
“I’ll be honest with you,” the 50-year-old said in the clip. “There was a business dealing, and my fiancé lost a quarter of a million dollars.”
Giudice, who filmed the scene prior to marrying Ruelas, subsequently claimed in a confessional that Gorga, 43, pitched them the idea of a pizza oven.
“So [Ruelas] was like, ‘OK,’” Giudice alleged in the confessional. “He put out 250K.”
Giudice told her fellow cast members that she declined because she didn’t think family “should get involved with business stuff.”
However, she noted, “Then [Ruelas] spoke to our attorney, and he [was] like, ‘Well, what percentage should I give Joey?’ I guess they came up with, I don’t know, five percent, so my brother went nuts – like, he wanted 50 percent.”
While Gorga did not break down his side of the story, he did allude to the situation in a confessional of his own.
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“Did something happen between you and Luis?” a producer asked, to which Gorga solemnly replied, “Yes.”
Gorga’s rep did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment on the alleged business venture.
Ruelas, for his part, has yet to expand on his wife’s claim. It remains unclear how the 47-year-old lost his alleged investment in the pizza company, which does not appear to have come to fruition.
Money has been a sore subject for Giudice and Gorga’s family, with just $200 causing their dad, Giacinto Gorga, to not speak to his brother for decades.
Joe and his wife, Melissa Gorga, have blamed Ruelas for their strained familial relations.
“I see Luis for what he is. He’s charming, but he’s also very manipulating,” Melissa, 44, said during a recent episode.
The Gorgas and Giudices have continued to feud throughout Season 13, which resulted in Joe and Melissa missing Giudice and Ruelas’ wedding in August 2022.
The reality stars have yet to reconnect, only escalating their feud with social media jabs.
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