Teresa Giudice’s brother Joe Gorga was spotted grocery shopping today just hours before her wedding to Luis ‘Louie’ Ruelas – as it was revealed he would not be attending.
Joe and his wife Melissa, 43, were notably absent from Friday’s rehearsal, before posting a seemingly shady post on Instagram about how ‘blood doesn’t make you family.’
Now, DailyMail.com has exclusively learned not only that the couple are snubbing the wedding, but the shocking reason why.
According to multiple sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, there was a massive blow out fight between Melissa and Teresa when they were filming the latest season finale ‘and it was all to do with cheating accusations.’
One insider revealed: ‘Information was brought to Teresa about Melissa supposedly cheating on Joe.
‘It was all totally baseless rumor, and she could have shut it down but instead she pushed for it all to come out.’
Joe Gorga, Real Housewives star Teresa Giudice’s brother, was spotted going grocery shopping in New Jersey today – hours before his sister is set to tie the knot. DailyMail.com has exclusively learned not only that the couple are snubbing the wedding but the shocking reason why
Siblings Teresa Giudice and Joe Gorga pictured together in 2016
Brother Joe Gorga (pictured) and his wife Melissa were notably absent from Friday’s rehearsal. It’s now been confirmed that Gorga will miss the wedding on Saturday night
The revelations come after Joe Gorga posted a cryptic message on his Instagram story – saying that ‘blood doesn’t make you family.’ Keen fans think that it may be in relation to the alleged feud Gorga and his sister Giudice has had
DailyMail.com spotted Giudice, 50, and Ruelas, 46, arrive shortly after midday Friday for a run through the closely guarded ceremony. Giudice wore a white Chanel tank top paired with a thigh-skimming skirt embellished with ruffles, her husband-to-be wore white shorts and a white T-shirt
Another said: ‘Teresa uses what are known as her “foot soldiers” – other younger or newer cast members that she gets to do her dirty work for her. That way she looks innocent while she’s really stirring the pot.’
They described it as ‘a crazy situation’ and the last straw for Joe whose relationship with his sibling is already fractured.
The source said: ‘Joe and Melissa always try to play nice with Teresa. It’s not like they don’t want her to be happy, but she always does something, and, in this instance, it was a step too far for Joe.’
DailyMail.com has also learned that Luis ‘Louie’ Ruelas asked Gorga to be one of his groomsmen but that the Real Housewives of New Jersey alum declined when he learned that his wife was not to be one of Giudice’s bridesmaids.
One source said: ‘He just considered it very disrespectful and there was no way he was going to say, “yes” when Melissa wasn’t part of Teresa’s bridal party.’
Instead, the Gorgas will be spending their weekend relaxing in their New Jersey beach home. Melissa posted a perhaps pointed story on her Instagram Friday night in which she and friends and family members from her side, enjoyed music and dancing by their pool.
Joe then reposted the wholesome picture – with the cryptic caption ‘blood doesn’t make you family.’
One source said: ‘Joe and Melissa always try to play nice with Teresa. It’s not like they don’t want her to be happy, but she always does something, and, in this instance, it was a step too far for Joe.’ Joe and Melissa are pictured here in 2018
Luis ‘Louie’ Ruelas asked Gorga to be one of his groomsmen but that the Real Housewives of New Jersey alum declined when he learned that his wife was not to be one of Giudice’s bridesmaids
DailyMail.com can also reveal that the Gorgas are not the only people to snub Giudice’s big day.
Dina Manzo, former housewife, and her husband David Cantin, with whom Giudice and Ruelas were vacationing when he proposed are no longer on the list of attendees.
According to a source, ‘Dina and Teresa had a big falling out – they’re basically not talking anymore, and she certainly won’t be at the wedding.’
Meanwhile Giudice’s fight with her sister-in-law has split other cast members down the lines of Team Melissa and Team Teresa.
One insider said: ‘Let’s put it this way there will be some who are happy to party the night away and then there will be others, the ones on Team Teresa who will be there for the ceremony but have no intention of staying a minute longer.’
The loving father was seen holding a bag of Pretzels while his son drunk a soft drink and catches a soft toy won on one of the attractions
Cool, calm, collected: Luis showed no signs of nerves as the clock ticks down to marrying New Jersey Housewife Teresa Giudice
While Gorga was spotted shopping, Luis Ruelas took a moment to relax at the fair with his son today and to exclusively share with DailyMail.com that he’s ‘winning big.’
Ruelas, 46, took a stroll to Middlesex County Fair, being held across the street from the Grand Chateau hotel where he and his bride-to-be stayed Friday night along with several members of their bridal party.
Clutching a cuddly toy, won at the fair, when DailyMail.com asked how he was feeling about his wedding he said, ‘I’m winning big today!’
Ruelas wore a trey tank and white shorts for his brief lunchtime excursion and smiled and waved as he made his way back to the hotel on Park Chateau Estate where his wedding will take place Saturday evening.
Large floral arrangements of white rhododendrons and roses were delivered shortly after noon as preparations for the hotly anticipated wedding got under way.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com Real Housewife of Miami Alexia Nepola, who is attending the wedding with her husband Todd, said how happy she is for her friend, Giudice.
She said: ‘I believe in love and I know this is real love. I’m very happy for her.’