RHONJ’s Teresa Giudice “Wasn’t Invited” to Joe Gorga’s Birthday as He Remains “Upset” About This, Plus Teresa Plans to “Completely Ignore” Melissa Amid Season 14

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Here’s Why Teresa Giudice Was Missing at Joe Gorga’s Italian-Themed Birthday Bash as Source Shares Where They Stand Amid Filming on RHONJ Season 14

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Teresa Giudice was not included on the guest list for Joe Gorga‘s Italian-themed birthday party on Saturday, which was held at his and Melissa Gorga‘s $2.9 million Jersey Shore house and filmed for the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 14.

Days after a number of cast members, including Jackie Goldschneider, 46, Margaret Josephs, 56, Dolores Catania, 52, Rachel Fuda, 32, and Danielle Cabral, 37, attended the event, an insider has confirmed Teresa, 51, was not invited to the bash as she remains estranged from Joe, 43, and Melissa, 44, with plans to ignore her sister-in-law for the entirety of production.

“Teresa said that she will film with Melissa and she’ll just completely ignore her like she has done in the past,” a source told The U.S. Sun last month. “[She] plans on sticking with those on her side [and] not being so confrontational with Melissa.”

“She feels like she spoke her peace at the reunion and let it all out then and there. She didn’t hold back and got a lot of things off of her chest,” the insider continued, adding that Teresa’s husband, Luis Ruelas, 48, is “fully supportive of her decision to move on and distance herself from her brother and sister-in-law.”

“He has been calming her down through meditation practices,” the source added.

While Teresa and Melissa both attended an event for Danielle’s husband, Nate Cabral, last week, they steered clear of one another throughout the bash, and they did the same at Jennifer Fessler‘s birthday party days prior.

“[They] avoided each other [and] did not speak or say one word to each other,” an insider confirmed. “They hung out with their own friends and they both ignored each other completely.”

Meanwhile, Melissa made a point to avoid any run-ins at Joe’s party.

“Teresa wasn’t invited to Joe’s birthday party,” an insider told The U.S. Sun on August 22. “[Their relationship is] still damaged. They haven’t spoken since the reunion.”

As RHONJ fans will recall, Teresa told Melissa at the reunion that she “never” wanted to see her again.

“It’s still an open wound for Joe. He’s upset and of course would’ve loved to have his sister at the party, but their relationship is over at this point,” the source shared. “This is the new norm. They are completely distant and not talking to each other or acknowledging each other even when in the same room.”

The U.S. Sun’s insider also noted that “production isn’t forcing a confrontation” between Teresa and Melissa and “is letting things happen naturally.”

As Melissa and Joe celebrated his birthday with their co-stars, family, and friends, Teresa, Luis, and their family enjoyed dinner at Phoenician, a Mediterranean restaurant in Westwood, New Jersey, as 18-year-old Gabriella Giudice prepared to move out of their home and head to college at the University of Michigan.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 14 is expected to premiere on Bravo sometime in early 2024.