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<p><span></span>Much has changed for the cast since <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=the real housewives of new jersey&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><em>The Real Housewives of New Jersey</em></a> debuted in 2009. So much, in fact, that by the time season four of the hit Bravo series premieres at 10 p.m. on April 22, once-devoted friend and star <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=teresa giudice&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Teresa Giudice</strong></a> will be enemy No. 1 among her co-stars. Now <em>Life & Style</em> speaks exclusively with the entire cast about the explosive falling-out.</p>
Since the tense season-three reunion show in September, only sister-in-law Melissa Gorga has seen Teresa - just once at her niece's birthday in January. Fame is to blame, Caroline Manzo, the matriarch of the cast, tells Life & Style. "Fame is like a drug," she tells Life & Style about Teresa, who went from being a stay-at-home mom to a New York Times best-selling author. "If you don't have your feet planted solidly on the ground, it can really take you for a trip."
Relationships were so strained between former best friends Teresa and Jacqueline Laurita, that Jacqueline skipped the reunion show. Speaking out for the first time since then, Jacqueline tells Life & Style exclusively that Teresa changed once she viewed Jacqueline as a threat. "Teresa has an unhealthy need to be the best," the beauty curator for TheLookStore.com tells Life & Style.
As for Teresa's own flesh and blood, cousin Kathy Wakile tries her best to keep the peace and tells Life & Style that she's treated Teresa with "kid gloves" to avoid setting her off. But Melissa found herself under attack after Teresa told her brother (Melissa's husband, Joe) that Melissa would leave him for a richer man. "It hurt so bad," Melissa tells Life & Style. "There's just no reason to ever say something like that."
But Teresa says her former friends Caroline and Jacqueline are the ones who wronged her by teaming up with her relatives, Kathy and Melissa, despite their issues. "In a perfect world, I'd be closer with my family," Teresa tells Life & Style. "Or, at the very least, my friends would help me repair those relationships rather than attempt to cause additional problems between us."
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