Following the release of her new book, Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget: How to Survive in Business and Life, the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member confirmed that when Jan reads her memoir, he’ll be learning she had an affair with Kelly Hansen, the lead singer of Foreigner, for the very first time.
Luckily, she doesn’t think her former spouse, who she wed in 1994 and welcomed a son with in 1996, will be upset.
“He’ll find out about [the affair] for the first time,” Margaret confirmed to Us Weekly on April 13. “It happened so long ago. … He’s not going to care.”
Over the course of their 20-year marriage, Margaret helped Jan raise his three children from a previous relationship and “fell right into” life as a wife and mom.
She also learned to ignore “little flags” she “should have caught on to.”
“I think some women can turn their heads to certain things,” she admitted.
While Margaret’s marriage ended after infidelity, the relationship between her and Jan wasn’t all bad.
“I think I was happy just to settle down and not have all that insanity. I yearned for the stability. … But I think, looking back, I didn’t know a lot of things and I didn’t know how to navigate a marriage like that,” she explained.
Looking back, the RHONJ star said it was hard to reflect on the ups and downs of her marriage while writing Caviar Dreams.
“I think the [most] difficult part, truthfully, was to relive my first marriage because it was painful,” she explained. “There was a lot of happy times in those happy times. [We] weren’t not having them and it was hard to relive all of that.”
Following her divorce, Margaret went on to marry her current husband Joe Benigno but remained close with Jan.
“Of course, I spoke to him about [the book],” she shared. “I have some pictures I was putting in. He was like, ‘Wow, Marge. I was one good-looking guy. I was in great shape, I can’t believe that was me.’ … I was like, ‘Jan, that was our honeymoon. And you were only 47 and I was 27.’ It was very funny.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 11 airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.
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