RHONJ Teresa Giudice’s daughter Gia praised her dad Joe after she demanded her famous aunt and uncle STOP talking about him.
On Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Gia, 20, slammed her mom’s brother, Joe Gorga, and his wife, Melissa, for publicly bashing her father.
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Despite the ongoing family tension, Gia – who recently went viral with her Waking Up In The Morning song – made it clear she was on her dad’s side with a sweet tribute on his 42nd birthday.
She shared a smiling snap of the father-daughter duo standing in front of a large fish-filled aquarium as she rocked a tight purple dress.
The reality starlet captioned the Instagram with a heart and wrote: “Happy birthday daddy!
“Hope you are having an amazing day! your personality lights up every room you walk into…
“I love you so much see you soon, miss you!! We’ll celebrate soon.”
In response, Joe commented: “Love you and miss you so much, the apple doesn't fall from the tree my gia.”
The dad-of-four remains in Italy after being deported from the United States following his prison sentence for tax fraud.
Teresa, 49, also served jail time and later divorced Joe after 20 years of marriage – which was finalized in 2019.
In addition to Gia, the Bravo stars also share daughters Gabriella, 17, Milania, 15, and Audriana, 12.
Due to his criminal history and the way he spoke about his then-wife, including calling her a “b**ch,” Joe’s in-laws have been publicly critical of his character.
On part-one of this season’s Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion, Gia stood up for her immediate family demanding her aunt Melissa and uncle Joe STOP talking about her dad.
In the video, host Any asked Teresa why she "can't see” that Joe, 41, has always defended her against her ex-husband.
The question comes after Joe and Teresa got into a heated fight about her ex, which was documented on the show.
Teresa responded: "I've done nothing but defend my brother at the beginning of my marriage and he knows that.
"I always put my brother before my husband.
Adding that Joe and Melissa, 42, spoke poorly about her ex on national TV, Teresa noted: "My kids got upset about it.”
Gia then spoke up for herself as she said in a pre-recorded clip: "My Uncle Joe and Aunt Melissa should not bring up my father.
“Because it's not only disrespecting my mom, but it's disrespecting my sisters and I.”
Joe responded: "I've kept my mouth shut for a very long time, so if I exploded once, now I'm the bad guy.”
The cast then told Joe he shouldn't have "exploded" while filming and he continued: "This is real life.
“Sometimes you can't control it cause it's a tough subject, right? That's why I get a little crazy.”
Teresa's ex served almost four years before being released and deported to Italy.
The former couple previously went to prison for exaggerating their income, hiding increased assets, and failing to file tax returns between 2004 and 2008.
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