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‘RHONJ’ recap: Joe Gorga says Luis ‘f—ked up’ Teresa’s relationship with Dina Manzo

Joe Gorga believes Teresa Giudice’s husband, Luis “Louie” Ruelas, “f—ked up” her relationship with longtime pal Dina Manzo. 

“Dina’s husband, David [Cantin], called me because I’m friendly with David,” Gorga, 48, said in a confessional on Tuesday’s all-new episode of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” 

Joe — Melissa Gorga’s husband and the younger brother of Giudice — then claimed that Cantin, 43, and Ruelas, 47, argued over business, resulting in a fallout between Giudice, 50, and Manzo, 51. 

“And it f—ked up another relationship in Teresa’s life,” he added. 

In a scene with Melissa, 44, Joe elaborated on his disdain for Ruelas, whom he has butted heads with throughout the first half of “RHONJ” Season 13. 

Joe Gorga shared his theory behind Teresa Giudice and Dina Manzo’s fallout on the new episode of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”
Gorga believes Giudice’s husband, Luis “Louie” Ruelas, was to blame for the ladies’ discord.

“That’s why I look at Louie like, ‘Shut up.’ I don’t want Louie being fake and faking with everybody because he just wants everybody to be nice with them. Because no, be real,” he said, visibly upset. 

“He wants to help everybody, comes in like he’s God. You’re [not] doing s—t.” 

Later on, Dolores Catania and Jennifer Aydin revealed that Giudice asked them to be bridesmaids in her wedding to Ruelas. (The couple eventually tied the knot on Aug. 6, 2022, in a lavish ceremony that the Gorgas skipped out on.)

Melissa then shared her belief that Catania was only asked to be a bridesmaid because Manzo opted out. 

Manzo and Giudice have known each other for decades.
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“Dolores was not even invited to the engagement party. Why? Because Dina was,” the “On Display” podcast host told the camera. 

“I hear Louie and Dina’s man have an argument over business, these two are no longer friends. All of a sudden, it’s like, ‘Dolores, I was meditating ….’” she continued, acknowledging that the thought came to Giudice during a “meditation” session.

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“So convenient, that meditation moment,” Melissa quipped. 

Catania, who has not gotten along with Manzo for some time, refused to share her take on the situation when asked by a producer. 

Dolores Catania and Jennifer Aydin were asked to be Giudice’s bridesmaids in her wedding to Ruelas — after Manzo opted out.

“I’m not talking about Dina,” she asserted. “Ever.”

Last spring, Giudice confirmed on “The Slut Pig Podcast” that Catania did not score an invite to the engagement party because of the latter Bravolebrity’s apparent feud with “New Jersey” alum Manzo.

“I spoke to Teresa about it and she was like, ‘You know, I don’t know why I said that.’ Whatever the reason is, should there be a reason? No,” Catania told Page Six in May 2022. 

“To me, there was no good reason — whether it was Dina or [not].” 

Melissa Gorga opined that Catania wouldn’t have been asked to be a bridesmaid had Manzo never feuded with Giudice.

Despite the discord she faced with Giudice at the time of filming, Manzo clarified the status of their friendship during a November 2022 Instagram Stories Q&A, per BravoTV.com. 

A fan asked if she and Giudice were “friends again,” to which Manzo replied, “We were never not friends.” 

She elaborated, “Sometimes friendships go [through phases], but in the end true friendships will always find their way back when the time is right.”

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo. 

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