The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Melissa Gorga is facing shocking cheating accusations stemming from rumors, to be revealed in the upcoming season of the Bravo series, that she had an affair with an ex, Brian “Bulldog” Bowen. Now an associate of Bulldog's exclusively tells Life & Style that according to Bulldog, the two exes have been intimate since Melissa wed her husband, Joe Gorga. “Melissa went out to dinner at Sushi Lounge, a local restaurant, and left early to go hook up with Bulldog,” alleges the insider, who says the encounter took place before things soured publicly between Melissa and her sister-in-law, Teresa Giudice. “Bulldog claims to have a lot of dirt on Melissa, and some of it is already coming out — and the next season hasn't even started airing yet,” the insider tells Life & Style. Another source reveals to Life & Style that in a scene filmed on Jan. 31, Teresa and fellow New Jersey Housewife Kim DePaola were filmed having a girls' night at Bellissimo's restaurant with new castmates — and their chatter soon turned to their rival: Melissa. “They were all talking about how she had an extramarital affair,” says the source. Melissa tells Life & Style that the accusation is “all talk with absolutely no proof to back it up.” Those close to Melissa insist the rumors are just that — rumors — and firmly deny the new author and budding singer ever had an affair. “Melissa and Bulldog dated on-and-off for years. Then she met Joe and started her family, and that's all in the past,” asserts the insider. Though the allegations are hurtful, in the end, says Melissa, they won’t ruin her marriage. “This is only making Joe and me stronger,” she tells Life & Style. “I can't even begin to keep track of all the lies. Everyone is coming for their 15 minutes of fame.” For more on Melissa Gorga’s alleged affair, pick up this week’s issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now!
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