Chris and Jacqueline Laurita’s Shotgun Wedding
When asked by AllAboutTRH on October 10, 2012 if Caroline Manzo told her that Jacqueline Laurita was a stripper, Teresa Giudice said: “Yes she did. Caroline has told me many things about Jacqueline. Caroline used to even tell me that Jacqueline doesn’t take care of her kids. When CJ was born and growing up, Caroline told me Jacqueline was really into herself, into working out and was basically more into herself then she was her child. Caroline used to complain that Jacqueline never cooked and thought she was a horrible mother. (Video from Reunion 4 Part 3)
Danielle Staub Claims That Jacqueline Laurita was a Stripper in Las Vegas and That She Broke Up Chris Laurita’s Engagement to Dina’s Friend ‘Jen’
Danielle called Jacqueline a “Vegas whore” during the reunion special for season 2. After the reunion for season 3 aired in October 2011, Danielle tweeted (see tweets below) that Jacqueline was a stripper. She said:
“I kept it to myself because Jacqueline was so weak and asked me not to say anything.” – Danielle Staub, October 27, 2011, Twitter
Danielle exchanged tweets with a few viewers in October and November of 2011, who surmised that Jacqueline skipped the reunion because she was afraid her past as a stripper was going to come out. The viewers asked Danielle if Jacqueline was also a prostitute, but it appears Danielle did not respond. The viewers went on to say that Jacqueline wants to appear “goody goody” and that while watching Danielle go through hell for her past, Jacqueline pretended to be “high class” when she herself had “supported a young child by stripping.” They accused Jacqueline of being “a two-faced friend all along to everyone.” Danielle tweeted that Jacqueline “needs everyone to love her and if they don’t, she literally destroys them.” Danielle also tweeted that Jacqueline would attack anyone who supported her and that Jacqueline “doesn’t realize how loyalty really works.” She also tweeted that Jacqueline “should spend more time parenting and less time worrying about what Teresa is doing.”
Note: Danielle’s tweets exposing Jacqueline as a stripper were in late October 2011; the season 4 episodes where Jacqueline practically forbid Teresa to communicate with Danielle were filmed in early August 2011, a few months earlier. When Danielle outed Melissa in her August 7, 2011 tweets during Teresa’s appearance on WWHL, Teresa tweeted back that she would like to know more about what Danielle had to say, which infuriated Jacqueline because she was fearful that Danielle also would reveal all of her secrets.
According to more tweets from Danielle Staub in October/November 2011 (see tweets below), Jacqueline “took her now husband from Jen his fiance”; Jen was Danielle’s “nail girl” and “Dina Manzo’s then best friend”; both Jen and Dina worked at Nisha. Apparently Chris Laurita was in a relationship with one of Dina Manzo’s friends, Jen (who worked at Nisha), when he met Jacqueline, and he cheated on Jen with Jacqueline. This may be why Dina never got along with Jacqueline because, in Dina’s mind, she broke up her friend’s relationship with her brother.
“Jacqueline took her now husband from Jen his fiancé... Jen told me all about Jacqueline when she was my nail girl and Dina Manzo’s then best friend (both worked at Nisha).” – Danielle Staub, October 10, 2011, Twitter
Danielle Staub Knows Jacqueline Laurita’s Secrets and That’s Why She Freaked Out When Teresa Giudice Replied to Her Tweets
Reading Danielle’s tweets from October/November 2011, we can see why Jacqueline does not want Teresa to communicate with Danielle — it’s because Danielle knows Jacqueline’s secrets and Jacqueline wants to continue burying the truth (as does Melissa). Allegedly, Jacqueline got pregnant and then married in a rush, which is why she doesn’t have a wedding photo with herself in a wedding dress.
“We got married very simple, if you will. We didn’t do professional wedding pictures. You know that picture everyone has with the bride and the groom and the wedding dress and you know it just nice to put in the foyer… When I got married to Chris I wore gray pants and a black shirt.” – Jacqueline Laurita, Season 4 Episode 24, The Lost Footage (image above)
According to Jacqueline’s IMDb.com bio, she and Chris married in 2002 (she does not give the actual date): Christopher Laurita, Jr. (CJ) was born on May 24, 2002, so she was pregnant or already had given birth to CJ when she married Chris. It was a shotgun wedding — the ceremony in the park/gazebo without a wedding dress or bridal party that she talked about in season 4 episode 8 and season 4 episode 24.
In her story, “How I Met Chris“, she says they met in 1996 (she was living in Las Vegas but had gone to Chicago to work a trade show that Chris and his brother attended). According to Jacqueline:
“From that day on it was nonstop visiting and ridiculously long and frequent phone calls in which we really got to know each other and became the best of friends and fell in love. That went on for about five years [around 2001]. There was a year break between us after three years [year break around 1999-2000].
“I really had no desire to move to New Jersey at the time and pull Ashley away from my family and friends and he couldn’t make the move to Nevada. We couldn’t move forward. I was so in love with him and I wasn’t dating other people, but I was scared to make the move.
“After our year apart, our failed attempts to get each other out of our minds and attempts of being with other people, we both realized we were just meant to be together and it wasn’t worth fighting it anymore. We reconnected, and then a year later [in 2001-2002] he came to me and proposed to me right in front of Ashley. I had to make a decision right then and there [moved to NJ and married in 2002]. We’ve been together since and we’re still going strong. (While dating Chris I also went on to work for Lancome and worked on-call for swing and graveyard shifts as a cocktail waitress for a local hotel and casino called Samstown. I also freelanced as a makeup artist, just in case you were wondering.) “
Jacqueline Accused Joe Giudice of Cheating on Teresa
“On May 6, Caroline wrote in her Bravo blog that me calling MY OWN brother in PRIVATE to talk about his marriage (like we’ve always done our whole lives) was ‘cruel and thoughtless,’ and that talking about anyone’s marriage is a ‘line that should never be crossed’.” [Teresa Giudice, July 24, 2012, The Knitting Circle]
“If I get hurt I get nasty, and I got nasty because I was hurt.” [Jacqueline Laurita, Season 4 Episode 15, during her conversation with Teresa in the RV, away from the others, where Teresa tries to understand why Jacqueline no longer wants to be her friend]
In Teresa’s June 18, 2012 Bravo blog, she used an analogy of a cheating husband to address Jacqueline’s objection to her replying on Twitter to Danielle Staub:
“As far as Jacqueline goes, she is a really hard person to be good friends with because she is so unstable and moody. But I never thought her moods would turn crazy against me. She was screaming at me to ‘move on’ and forgive Melissa for something evil that Melissa did two years ago, but guess what? I just found out about it a week earlier! Give me some time to process it! And I had already decided to and did publicly defend Melissa. How is it holding an old grudge when you just found out?
“Let me see if I can use an analogy Jacqueline might understand: if you caught your husband flirting with your friend, you would be understandably crushed. Say you worked through it for months though and forgave him. Then you found out he really didn’t just flirt, he slept with her. Two years ago. Does your old forgiveness count? It was two years ago! Why should you care? You said you forgave him! Hypocrite! Um, I say would you care. And that your previous forgiveness doesn’t count because you didn’t know what you were forgiving. You need to work through the new offense that you just found out about. Right?”
On June 18, 2012, Jacqueline went on a Twitter rampage: in one of her many tweets she said that her husband didn’t cheat on her but that Joe Giudice cheated on Teresa and she caught him:
“I think it’s obvious that my husband didn’t cheat on me. Look at us. Look at them [the Giudices]. It was her husband that cheated & she caught him.” – Jacqueline Laurita, June 18, 2012, Twitter [later deleted but screen shot saved here]
A day later, on June 19, 2012, Jacqueline jumped on Twitter again to further accuse Joe Giudice of cheating, this time she direct messaged someone:
“Joe cheated on Teresa with her friend/babysitter.” – Jacqueline Laurita, June 19, 2012, Twitter Direct Message
On Twitter, Jacqueline made it clear that she interpreted Teresa’s analogy in her June 18, 2012, Bravo blog to be an accusation that Chris had an affair with one of Jacqueline’s friends two years ago:
“Teresa tried to imply in her blog that my husband cheated on me two years ago, which is completely false. It was her husband so I cleared that up.” – Jacqueline Laurita, June 26, 2012, Twitter
In her June 27, 2012 Bravo blog, “Don’t Get It Twisted”, Jacqueline attacked Teresa again about the analogy she used in her Bravo blog a week earlier:
“Shame on Teresa again for trying to imply in her last blog that my husband cheated on me, which is FALSE. Again, she is shifting issues that she is dealing with onto other people. I think there may be a jealousy issue on Teresa’s end from seeing how people are responding to me and my husband as opposed to her and Joe’s relationship. She can’t stand the fact that viewers love my husband, so she wants to try to knock him down to her husband’s level. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.”
During the Season 4 Reunion Special Both Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita Accused the Others’ Husbands of Cheating on Them
During the reunion special, Teresa said to Jacqueline in regards to her husband Chris: ‘Didn’t he cheat on you a long time ago? That’s what you told me.’
Jacqueline denied the allegation, but Teresa wouldn’t let up, saying, “Fine, then he didn’t cheat on you. That’s why you told me you didn’t trust him. That’s why he’s not allowed to go out.”
Jacqueline lashed back and accused Joe of swearing and getting into physical fights with Teresa.
Teresa shrugged off the accusations, replying, “‘Yeah, I punch him like if we’re playing around.”
Jacqueline responded: “No honey, no, you guys get into some pretty bad…I’ve heard every name in the book… And now that you’re going there, you told me your husband cheated on you several times. You caught him with his secretary, the babysitter…and you asked me what you should do because my ex-husband had cheated on me.”
After the season 4 reunion special taped on September 7, 2012, AllAboutTRH asked Teresa Giudice if it was true that Jacqueline told her that Chris Laurita previously cheated on her? Here is Teresa’s response:
“Yes. She did. Chris was never allowed to go out with my husband unless they played poker at each other’s houses. I think they might have went out once the whole time I was friends with Jacqueline and I remember Joe telling me Jacqueline wouldn’t stop calling Chris. The only thing Chris is allowed to do is play cards. My husband is allowed to go out with the guys and that’s fine because I go out with the girls and we trust each other. I don’t like talking about other people’s marriages but I’m not going to bite my tongue and say nothing while Jacqueline continues to talk about my marriage to strangers on twitter. (Jacqueline has messaged viewers and has spoken about Joe cheating on Teresa on twitter several times.) This is not something I would make up because I’m not the type of person to do that. Jacqueline and I even have a mutual friend who was going through something with her husband and Jacqueline told our friend how to track her husband through GPS and how to put a memory card on there phone so that she would have access to her husbands stuff and I was shocked because I didn’t even know you could do half of that! And she knew all that stuff because she would do that with Chris.”
As reunion 5 was airing on October 6, 2013, Jacqueline tweeted the following regarding the comments she made during reunion 4 about Juicy cheating with his secretary and the babysitter (she said in the reunion 5 footage that she was wrong to say it but didn’t expand on it):
“Last reunion, although brutally honest, I said things that were not my place to say! I was not going there again.”
Source Says Jacqueline Wasn’t a Stripper But Worked in a Gentlemen’s Club to Meet Rich and Famous Men
A reader at StoopidHousewives who apparently knew Jacqueline and Ashley when they lived in Vegas, said she never heard that Jacqueline was a stripper in Vegas. She said she heard that Jacqueline liked to party with the rich guys, and she heard her mom got her a boob job so that she could meet guys and so that she could make good tips working at gentlemen’s clubs:
“Jackie was not a stripper in Vegas. But she did like to party with the rich guys. Famous too. Her Dad was a big wig at one of the big casinos. Ash is acting just like Jackie did before she was married to Chris. Jackie’s Mom took care of Ash. They lived with her parents most of the time. Jackie loved to party, but stripping. Never heard that. Heard her Mom got her a boob job so she could meet guys and to work at a Gentleman’s Club.
“I know her dad was not happy about any of it. He was like second in command of a large casino. One of the older ones. Not many of the kids liked Ash or her mother when they lived in Vegas. I remember Ash grandmother was really nice. She spoiled both of them. But for Jackie to say she supported herself and worked when Ashley was young is a bit of, nope she is full of s&*.
“Ash and Jackie left Vegas to marry Chris maybe around 2002 or a little bit after or before. I think Ashley was still in grammar school. It’s been awhile. I am a bit older than Ashley. But she has a lot on her Mom. Seeing her raising her two half brothers and being all Mommy must piss Ashley off.
“Jackie was always looking for a good time. She is not that nice of a person either. At least she wasn’t then. Chris really loved her and would fly her out East for a short time. Her timeline she gave about how long she knew Chris just does not jive, or she was seeing other guys. But I know that Jackie’s family loved him. And not just the money. Jackie’s parents did very well too. They might have a bit more than the Manzos.
“But has there been really any proof of her stripping. I am sure I would of known. Would not surprise me. But she wanted the boobs for tips and to meet the rich guys. She went out with enough of them. Enough of what I know.”
Rumors About Jacqueline Being a Stripper have been Circulating Since Season 1 of RHONJ
Rumors about Jacqueline being a stripper have been circulating since season 1 of RHONJ. Here’s one of them from October 2011:
After In Touch first revealed The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Jacqueline Laurita’s stripper past, she adamantly denied the claim on October 28, 2011, posting to her Twitter account, “I WAS NOT A STRIPPER.” In Touch can now exclusively reveal the details of the shocking past that she’d prefer to keep a secret. “She was a stripper at a Las Vegas club called the Glitter Gulch,” reports a former friend who was very close to Jacqueline. “She worked there from 1992 to 1993. Like all strip clubs, it was an awful place.” And another former pal from back in the day reports that she spent several years in a volatile romance – the low point seems to have been her 1996 arrest for battery of her then-boyfriend, who was also arrested on the same charge. “She slapped him in the face and punched him in the groin,” the police report states. [Source]
“According to my friend who was close with the Manzos, Jacqueline was definitely a stripper, and that is kind of common knowledge in the family so she’s not sure why she is so adamant about hiding it.” – JerseyGirl, August 24, 2012, Fame-Whorgas
“I am friends with Ashlee, Jacqueline’s daughter. Last season all the beef between them was because Ashlee knows about her mother’s past as a stripper, and Jacqueline had a lot of guilt due to that and was afraid Ashlee would hint at her past on the show. This is why Ashlee moved out to Cali on money she made from the show, even though her parents made it seem like a ploy on their part to get Ashlee out of the house. Jac became so paranoid, and was trying to use whatever excuse she could to get her daughter to move away due to the skeletons in her closet. Also Ashley was told by her mom in Season 2? to threaten Danielle Staub, make fake facebook pages, and do other things to hurt Danielle in order to continue living in her home (she told me). Ashley was so tired of her mother acting like a goody-two shoes on TV when she hasn’t been the most perfect mother. She was also tired of the Manzo kids acting like they had their shit together, while making fun of her on TV when they were still getting money from their parents. It’s also why Ashley got the tattoo of the skull head on the back of her wrist as a reminder to always be honest to herself and to never keep any skeletons in her closet like her mom and other members of the family.” – Nick, September 28, 2012, Fame-Whorgas
“How about the fact that 2 of the housewive are ex strippers/hookers? Or that another is ok with her husband sleeping around? I guess thats class..I guess people are totally jealous of you guys!” – Anonymous, August 26, 2008, On Common Ground
“Jacqueline kept saying Teresa always spoke badly about Melissa and Joe, and wouldn’t drop it. Teresa didn’t keep quiet either. She revealed that Caroline had told her Jacqueline was a stripper. That made Jacqueline freak out, especially because she constantly denies it when asked. Teresa kept telling Jacqueline that Caroline used to bash Jacqueline to her all the time, even saying that Caroline said Jacqueline wasn’t a good wife to Chris. Teresa revealed that Jacqueline was a dancer when she lived in Vegas and that it’s a fact because Jacqueline and the Manzos told her this prior to them not being friends. Jacqueline was also flipping out on Joe Giudice, calling him names when he came on set to tape.” – RHONJ Insider Leaking Details About Reunion 4, September 9, 2012, AllAboutTRH
- Teresa Defends Her Marriage, Live Appearance on ‘The Couch’, September 9, 2012 (Video)
- RHONJ Rumor Mill, The Chirping Twit, June 27, 2012