On this week's episode
of The Real Housewives of New Jersey
, every one of the cast members conveniently got hold of an In Touch
magazine with Teresa Giudice on the cover in which she made hurtful accusations about them. But, as always, Teresa had nothing to do with the hurtful things written, and she took to her blog to explain the exact nature of her relationship with the tabloids.
Teresa starts her Bravo blog
by giving a personal history of how she learned to deal with the tabloids.
"The first time I was ever on a magazine cover was for US Weekly
in 2009," Teresa explains. "Our show was taking off in the ratings, and US Weekly
contacted Bravo to have me, Dina and Danielle pose for a story. The three of us had a fun photo shoot in NYC--they glammed us up and put us all in blue dresses. When the magazine came out and we were on the cover, it was shocking. The cover text [read]: "Real Housewives' Dirty Secrets." What? What dirty secrets? I didn't have any dirty secrets." Exhibit A: Teresa's first magazine cover.
(image from US Weekly)
Teresa says after she shot the image for her first cover, the next time another magazine came knocking, she made sure that she got reimbursed for her time and photo.
"Why not get paid if you can?" Teresa wrote. "They're making money selling your face, why shouldn't you get something? I''ll pose for a picture if it means I can put money in my kids' college fund. Deal."
But, if it seems like easy money, think twice. There's a catch.
"Here's the deal though: you're only ever paid for photographs," Teresa clarified. "The magazine has to pay for photos no matter what: either they do a photo shoot with you, or they pay for shots from a professional photographer who just happened to catch you walking down the street, or god forbid, the paparazzi." Exhibit B: The magazine cover in question from this week's episode.
(image from InTouch)
"At some point the photos of me and my kids must have been selling well because I started to get asked more often, and started to appear on covers I was never asked about at all. And of course, the stories about me got crazier. The truth is Jacqueline and Caroline aren't on the covers of magazines every week presumably because it would make the magazines sell," Teresa explains. "They aren't missing from the magazines because they take some high road and say no. They aren't wanted. I'm not saying being wanted is better or somehow desirable because in most cases it isn't, but to say that I have any control over it is false. They know it."
As for the controversial magazine cover in question during the episode, Teresa claims she was paid for the photo shoot, but was never interviewed for the story attached to it.
"Obviously they wanted me to say something mean or crazy, but I didn't," she said. "As far as the other ladies, their quotes are from THEM, not me. Those are the things they said themselves on the show."
In summary, Teresa says that 90 percent of the headlines on these tabloids (e.g. "Teresa Pursues a New Mab" or "On the Brink of Divorce") are completely fabricated to sell magazines.
"I wasn't asked about the story, wasn't interviewed, and they don't have a single quote from me... [the story] quotes a bunch of 'insiders.'" Gina PusateriContributing Writer(Image courtesy of Bravo)