So Long, 'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Jacqueline Laurita Opens Up for the First Time About Life Post-Show

**Jacqueline Laurita** dishes on her exit from *The Real Housewives of New Jersey*.

Jacqueline Laurita dishes on her exit from The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

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With filming out of the way, Jacqueline Laurita has more time to do the things she truly loves!

Confirming that she’s not returning for season six as a Housewife, Jacqueline opened up for the first time to Life & Style about life after leaving The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

“Right now, I’m really just enjoying time with my family and I’m writing a few books,” she told the mag.

“My husband [Chris Laurita] and I are writing a book together about our journey with autism.” (Their 4-year-old son Nicholas is autistic.)

But that’s not all the mother-of-three has up her sleeve.

“My other passion is the beauty industry, so I’m also writing a book about busy moms and beauty things. I’m also writing children’s books! I enjoy writing — that’s what I love,” she shared.

“It’s just been really great with my family. I feel like I’m in a very good place.”

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So why did she decide to opt out of this upcoming season?

“I needed a little bit of a break, but we’ll see what happens from there,” she told Life & Style at a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday.

It was revealed in October that Dina Manzo, who’s returning to the series after skipping three seasons, wanted her sister-in-law Jacqueline booted from the Bravo hit.

“I understand why Dina wouldn’t want me on the show: She doesn’t want to address family issues on-camera!” Jacqueline told Life & Style at the time.

She isn't the only housewife heading out this season — Caroline Manzo also confirmed her exit, and Teresa Giudice's cousin Kathy Wakile is filming only part-time.

Fans will see lots of new faces, though.

Nicole Napolitano, Amber Marchese and Nicole's sister, Teresa Napolitano, have reportedly joined the cast.

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