Flashback: Life & Style Magazine Reports (Cover Story) on Melissa Gorga’s Extra-Marital Affair with Bryan ‘Bulldog’ Bowen
August 22, 2013 233 Comments
This story was originally published at Fame-Whorgas on February 13, 2013 (and updated on February 17, 2013). It is being republished because it relates to the heated discussion at the Milania Hair Care launch party about the Life & Style article on Melissa’s cheating scandal. The scene was taped on February 18, 2013 (photos at the time showed the Giudices and Gorgas presenting a united front). The Milania launch party was first featured on season 5 episode 12, which premiered on August 18, 2013.
On February 15, 2013, just days after the cast returned from their trip to Lake George where they supposedly worked out their differences, and two days before the Milania launch party, Melissa retweeted a RumorFix article that blamed Teresa for Melissa’s cheating scandal:
The following is a partial transcript (click here for the full transcript) from season 5 episode 12, when the Life & Style cover story about Melissa Gorga cheating on Joe with Bryan “Bulldog” Bowen was discussed.
Jan: Melissa, the academy award goes to you. Thank you Jesus! … I’m outta here.
Kim D: What just happened?
Melissa: She’s trying to say that I hung out with a guy! Why would she say something so fucking stupid?! She’s such an ass.
Teresa: I don’t know. Can you guys just forgot all of this?!
Melissa: Hello, I’m on a cover of a magazine [Life & Style]! This is bullshit.
Teresa: Look, that had nothing to do with that article [in Life & Style].
Kim D: She [Jan] had nothing to do with it!
Penny walks over to Kim D, Teresa, Melissa and Joe.
Melissa to Penny: I heard that you had dinner with my sister-in-law and with Jan, and that you were, like, talking shit about me the whole time you were there.
Penny: Did I say things? Absolutely. I’m not going to deny it.
Melissa to Penny: But a lot of things you’ve said are not true.
Penny: I don’t want to hurt you. I was confronted about a situation. I answered a question. And that’s how I was brought into this shit. When that article [in Life & Style] came out, the only reason I did respond is because I was asked.
Melissa: So you’re saying people ask you questions about me?
Penny: You know, many different people.
Melissa to Penny: What question were you asked?
Penny: I was asked who [Bryan Bulldog Bowen's name is bleeped out] was. I was asked about certain things from your past.
Melissa: Who asked you these questions?
Penny: Well, I’m not gonna (Melissa interrupts).
Melissa: You should say it!
Penny: I’m know I should say, but I don’t want to cause problems.
Melissa: I get that.
Melissa: Honestly, lady to lady, who asked you these questions?
Penny: I know I should say it but I’d rather take the blame.
Melissa: You shouldn’t.
Penny: But you know what, I’d rather take the blame.
Penny: Cuz that’s what I am.
Melissa: Sounds like you’re getting used and abused honey! Honestly, and I’m not being rude.
Update 8/23/2013: Please read Penny’s blog at Faux Reality Entertainment: she explains that she “was not permitted at the time” to answer Melissa’s question, “Who asked you these questions,” and that “Melissa Gorga was fully aware of the restriction, so her insistence that I provide the information was strictly to make Teresa look guilty – it is unfortunate that the entire exchange wasn’t aired.” Penny also explained that: “When Melissa proclaimed that she didn’t know me, I proceeded to list in detail how absurd her statement was. She backed off her position that she didn’t know me. Melissa’s backpeddling was edited out.”
Life & Style Magazine picked up on the story that Melissa Gorga cheated on Joe during their marriage. The magazine even named Bryan “Bulldog” Bowen as the ex boyfriend she fooled around with at Sushi Lounge in 2009, a story that has been circulating on the internet for the past two years.
However, even though the cover headline screams “Melissa Cheated on Joe!”, the article itself is very biased and slanted toward Melissa, painting Teresa as a manipulative bitch. It seems like Bravo put out this story to quell rumors — it certainly does NOT put Teresa in a good light and makes Melissa look, once again, like THE victim. This article could have been published in Us Weekly with the title, “Teresa is Out to Get Melissa Again”, and not a word changed in the text. Sad.
Bravo is setting up Teresa to take the fall for outing Melissa as a cheater.
This theory is confirmed when your read the rest of the Life & Style article. Here are more excerpts from the print article (online version below):
“Nothing would make Teresa and her cohorts happier. Certainly after ruining her relationship with her brother and coming off as a villain for attempting to expose a seemingly innocent Melissa last season, Teresa is desperate to be proven right. “Everyone knows Teresa won’t stop until she feels like she’s won and taken down Melissa” says a series insider. “Now she has an army to do that.”
There is a sweet photo of the Gorga family along with a caption (“A Family Struggling to Get Through”).
Though Melissa boasts about her picture-perfect marriage in her forthcoming book, Love Italian Style, the pain and humiliation of cheating rumors is a lot to bear. Still, she and Joe are determined to put on a brave face for their children… They have each other’s back,” insists a friend of the couple. Agrees another insider: “At the end of the day, people can say whatever they want; Melissa’s marriage is solid.” Above all Melissa told L & S, “I need to protect my family – and that’s what I’m doing.”
The last six long paragraphs of the article point out that Melissa’s relationship with Bulldog was well BEFORE she met Joe: “Those close to her… firmly deny Melissa ever had an affair”. And it points out Joe Giudice’s criminal charges, bankruptcy, and cheating allegations and that Kim D’s late “sugar daddy’s” family wouldn’t allow her to his funeral.
And then it goes on, at length, about how all these “rumors” won’t hurt Melissa’s marriage because Joe knows they are not true and it’s making them even stronger; and that she’s a mother and wife and having this out there is upsetting but she can’t stop people from spreading hurtful lies.
This article sounds more like Melissa’s sisters Lysa and Kim coming to her defense and Bravo spinning it to put things back on the right track of the original premise for season 5, which is to make Teresa out to be exactly what this article makes her look like – spiteful and vindictive.
Fame-Whorgas’ source, who first contacted me in October 2012, told me in early December 2012 that the phone call Teresa took at the Holiday Posche Fashions Show was from a friend of Bryan’s (Mike) who was present when Melissa had Bryan meet her at Sushi Lounge in 2009, where their friends witnessed them hooking up in the car in the parking lot. My source says Penny Drossos placed the call, but, according to Bryan, he was not aware that a friend was on camera (via the phone) giving this information to Penny and Teresa.
Had my source known Bryan’s Twitter handle, he/she would have given it to me, but the source didn’t know. This is a fact: Bryan did not willingly come forward — he still would be silent to this day had his Twitter handle not been revealed here at Fame-Whorgas.
According to an inside source, a scene was filmed at the season 5 Holiday PFS on December 3, 2012, where Kim D and Penny approached Teresa with information about Melissa’s infidelity, and Teresa agreed to a phone call with someone (Mike) who confirmed that Melissa cheated on Joe after they were married. However, Bravo will edit it so that Melissa again can successfully deny the allegations and again can successfully blame Teresa for trying to ruin Melissa’s marriage and attack her character. Jacqueline, Caroline, Melissa and Kathy weren’t at the PFS by design, so how Bravo introduces this scene to them is a mystery for now, but Teresa certainly will be attacked by the cast for being part of it. – Teresa Giudice Takes Phone Call from Melissa Gorga’s Past — Caller Claims Melissa Cheated on Joe, January 7, 2013, Fame-Whorgas
This is another fact: Melissa is a liar and a cheater. Melissa responded to the story by tweeting: “I’ve been so busy partying, cheating, stripping and borrowing money. I’m exhausted!! What’s next? I robbed a bank? #AllLies”
“@melissagorga: I’ve been so busy partying, cheating, stripping and borrowing money. #AllTrue” -Fixed that tweet for you. You’re welcome.” – BelleDeconstructed @B_Deconstructed, February 15, 2013, Twitter
What’s next? No, Melissa, you didn’t rob a bank, you stole from a department store, Burdines in 1997 … to be exact!
EXCLUSIVE: Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Melissa Gorga Faces Cheating Accusations (Online Version)
By Life & Style Magazine
February 13, 2013
The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Melissa Gorga is facing shocking cheating accusations stemming from rumors, to be revealed in the upcoming season of the Bravo series, that she had an affair with an ex, Brian “Bulldog” Bowen.
Now an associate of Bulldog’s is confirming the affair allegation exclusively, telling Life & Style that, according to Bulldog, the two exes have been intimate since Melissa wed her husband, Joe Gorga.
“Melissa went out to dinner at Sushi Lounge, a local restaurant, and left early to go hook up with Bulldog,” alleges the insider, who says the encounter took place before things soured publicly between Melissa and her sister-in-law, Teresa Giudice.
“Bulldog claims to have a lot of dirt on Melissa, and some of it is already coming out — and the next season hasn’t even started airing yet,” the insider tells Life & Style.
Another source reveals to Life & Style that in a scene filmed on January 31, Teresa and fellow New Jersey Housewife Kim DePaola were filmed having a girls’ night at Bellissimo’s restaurant with new castmates — and their chatter soon turned to their rival: Melissa.
“They were all talking about how she had an extramarital affair,” says the source.
Melissa tells Life & Style that the accusation is “all talk with absolutely no proof to back it up.” Those close to Melissa insist the rumors are just that — rumors — and firmly deny the new author and budding singer ever had an affair.
“Melissa and Bulldog dated on-and-off for years. Then she met Joe and started her family, and that’s all in the past,” asserts the insider.
Though the allegations are hurtful, in the end, says Melissa, they won’t ruin her marriage.
“This is only making Joe and me stronger,” she tells Life & Style. “I can’t even begin to keep track of all the lies. Everyone is coming for their 15 minutes of fame.”
The following is more from the print version of the article.
All A Sham?
In spite of their seemingly blissful union, an associate of Bulldog’s claims Joe Gorga wasn’t always Melissa’s Mr. Right. “The only reason she went with Joe was because Bulldog didn’t want to settle down and had less money,” says the pal.
The Explosive Moment Melissa Doesn’t Want You to See
Out for Revenge
“The plan to out Melissa’s past was originally the brainchild of Teresa and Kim D,” says the source. “But, of course, Teresa will say she wasn’t involved. On January 31, 2013, Teresa and Kim DePaola were filmed having a girls’ night at Bellissimo’s restaurant with new castmates — and their chatter soon turned to their rival: Melissa. “They were all talking about how she had an extramarital affair,” shares a source. Naturally, Melissa hopes the footage never airs.
Everyone’s Out to Get Melissa
Teresa is Gloating
Since her claim that Melissa was a stripper was shot down, Teresa has been desperate for vindication. If she can expose her rival as a cheater, she thinks she’ll finally come out on top.
Kim’s Stirring the Pot
Though she smiles to Melissa’s face, Kim D, the owner of fashion boutique Posche, got her role on RHONJ because of Teresa - “so she owes it to Teresa to help her out Melissa’s skeletons,” notes a source.
Penny is Bringing the Drama
According to series source, Penny Drossos-Karagiorgis, Teresa’s friend and a salon owner, is responsible for getting Bulldog to spread his story. “She’ll do anything to be on the show, and taking down Melissa is her way of getting in,” says an insider.
Jennifer’s Playing Both Sides
New face Jennifer Dalton had a friendly lunch with Melissa, but just a day earlier, she’d gossiped about her at Bellissimo’s. “Jennifer really isn’t a friend to anyone,” a source says.
RadarOnline also reported on the story but, again, their ‘sources’ gave them false information. This time they are reporting that Penny Drossos (the owner of Le Chateau Allure salon who “set up Melissa last season with the whole strippergate thing again”) “gets out her cell phone and calls Bryan directly, although he goes by ‘Mike’ on the show.”
“Are you f*cking kidding me Melissa? Does this advice [include] meeting your ex at Sushi Lounge 2 years ago? Or your other ex’s in Bayonne or Lyndhurst? Dying for explanation! But we’ll get that when your skank ass is exposed by Penny & Johnny and don’t you worry, we’re all lining up. Tommy, Vinny, Mike C, Freddy C, and that’s just naming a few.” - ‘The Source’, April 9, 2012, AllAboutTRH
“@jenbradleylopez @fauxrealityent I have a best friend name mike if that’s what they’re confusing it with lol and he could careless lol” – Bryan Bowen (@bulldog_nj), February 11, 2013, Twitter
John Karagiorgis @JohnnyTheGrk
@bulldog_nj Careful, now she’s reciting her song lyrics. Btw, I saw Crazy Mike Chick. He finds this hilarious & says what up. Lol
24 Jan 13
@JohnnyTheGrk lol what’s that nut up to? He knows what time it was back then and is now lol
24 Jan 13
John Karagiorgis @JohnnyTheGrk
@bulldog_nj Still a fukin nut. He was hacky sacking gum. Gum kept hitting floor & his crazy ass still chewed it. Lol
24 Jan 13
John Karagiorgis @JohnnyTheGrk
@bulldog_nj He also said “Tell him I’m in”. LMFAO
24 Jan 13
Spoiler Alert! Melissa Gorga’s Ex-BF Claims She Continued Affair With Him After She Married Joe
Februay 11, 2013
The upcoming season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is sure bring the drama, backstabbing and controversy — and RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned cheating plays an integral part in the plot line of Season 5 of the hit Bravo show.
According to an insider close to the show, Melissa Gorga has a boyfriend from the past, Bryan “Bulldog”, that comes back to haunt her during the taping of the show and alleges that not only did she marry Joe Gorga for his money, but that he and Melissa continued to sleep together well into her marriage.
“While the women were taping at the Posche Fashion Show last year the owner of the salon that set up Melissa last season with the whole strippergate thing again opens her mouth and hints to Teresa Giudice about an affair her sister-in-law had,” the source exclusively tells RadarOnline.com, referring to Le Chateau Allure salon owner Penny Drossos.
“While the cameras are rolling, Penny gets out her cell phone and calls Bryan directly, although he goes by ‘Mike’ on the show, and while on speakerphone he validates everything — and then some!”
The insider explains that before Melissa met and married Joe, she was in a four-year relationship with Bryan and the two were even living together.
“While on speakerphone ‘Mike’ says that Melissa lied to Joe about why she needed to move in with him after they met. She told him that her female roommate kicked her out and that she had nowhere to go,” the source says.
“When in reality, Melissa was living with Bryan and wasn’t even interested in Joe until she saw his house. Once she had him wrapped around her little finger she continued to have a discreet affair with Bryan and he had no problem blowing the lid on it this season.”
Bryan himself denied stories that he has agreed to appear on RHONJ and also stated that he has not been contacted by Bravo producers:
Clarifying whether he has agreed to appear on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Bryan says this: “No it’s not true, not at all. As a matter of fact, I have not even spoken to any of the producers. So it’s news to me.” On whether Mr. Bowen would like to be on The Real Housewives of New Jersey: “I have no plans on being on the show. I guess, however, you know if the circumstances are right for me, I gotta believe I’d consider it.” - Exclusive Interview with Bryan Bowen, February 5, 2013, CYInterview
The following is the Twitter conversation with Bryan on February 11, 2013, about the RadarOnline article.
Radoronline where do you get your info, are you really that desperate for a story lol
I have a best friend name mike, if that’s what they’re confusing it with lol, and he could careless lol
Faux Reality Ent @FauxRealityEnt
@bulldog_nj anyone who knows you or sees ur tweets, knows u are not going to hide behind false name of “Mike.”
Retweeted by Bryan
@bulldog_nj I highly doubt that @PDKhair would be on the phone with your best friend posing as you! #RHONJ
#Batting1000 Two stories where @radar_online was 100% wrong about @Bulldog_NJ. Their inside source is full of doggie DooDoo #RHONJ
Retweeted by Bryan
Lola Woodbridgida @woodbridgida
@bulldog_nj Several sites have picked up the RadarOnLine story including The National Enquirer site.
@bulldog_nj Radaronline is well known for making up BS stories
Retweeted by Bryan
Donna Botto King @donna627lee
@bulldog_nj HA!!! The biggest joke is on Radar because no one believes their crap any way!!!
Retweeted by Bryan
From the photo above, it is obvious that the Lauritas are still socializing with the Gorgas and Wakiles, most likely to spite Teresa Giudice.
The following are some deep thoughts by Jacqueline Laurita, as shared recently on Twitter.
“We can’t change other people. However, we can change the affect that we allow them to have on us.”
“Did I mention that I love life? I do. Life is good. Haters keep hating while I keep on living.:0) Nothing you can say can change my reality.”
“Note to the Haters..I have NEVER bought followers, people actually WANT to follow me on twitter.So Sorry to disappoint u weirdos.”
“I surround myself w/good people.”
“You can’t break a happy ,honest girl who has a happy,honest life. I know my reality and I am proud of it.”
“Funny when I used the word “moron”, everyone assumed I was talking about Teresa. That told me everything. :0) Lol! Thanks for the giggle.”
“When u argue w/a moron,u become a moron.U have2rise above&remember who &what is really important in life.Some things don’t matter. Let it go.”
“U can 4give a person&start over or 4give them but choose2keep that toxic person out of ur life while they look 4 their table flipping moment.”
“How to Forgive Someone When It’s Hard: 30 Tips to Let Go of Anger”
“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.”
“I found this 2b a very interesting read.I think we’ve all come across a sociopath in our lives at one point or another.”
“Coming home to pick up the kids & babysitter at the Gorgas. All sound asleep thanks to @Sarahhrehovcik keek.com/!bwxjbab ” – Jacqueline Laurita, February 16, 2013, Twitter
- Penny Drossos Films Scene with Joe and Melissa Gorga on February 28, 2013, Calling a Truce; Joe and Teresa Giudice Double Date with Chris and Jacqueline Laurita
- Teresa Giudice Takes Phone Call from Melissa Gorga’s Past — Caller Claims Melissa Cheated on Joe
- Andy Cohen Wants to Make Melissa Gorga the New Star of the Show and Is Setting Up Teresa Giudice to Take the Fall for Outing Melissa as a Cheater
- Melissa Gorga Allegedly Cheated on Joe Before and After They Were Married
- Melissa Gorga to Publish Advice Book About Marriage But Source Says Their Happy Marriage is a Facade