Family first — or something like that. Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga spoke to Life & Style exclusively about her friendship with costar Jackie Goldschneider … and how she navigates that friendship amid Jackie’s feud with sister-in-law Teresa Giudice. Needless to say, if you’ve been watching season 10 of the Bravo TV series, you know Tre, 47, and Jackie, 43, haven’t seen eye-to-eye since the blonde beauty joined the show in season 9.

“Yeah, I do think that it comes into play sometimes, because it’s like the friendship slash family thing,” the 40-year-old bombshell dished about her friendship with Jackie on the red carpet at Z100’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball. “And sometimes I feel like I’m in the middle, but I think I manage it pretty well. But, it’s not always easy.”

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Believe it or not, the two authors seemed to let bygones be bygones during the December 11 episode. After discussing their feud at the dinner table during the girls’ trip to Jamaica, Jackie made it a point to ask Teresa if they could let the past go. However reluctantly, the RHONJ OG agreed.

That doesn’t mean the brunette babe is done fighting this season — in fact, Melissa revealed that her sister-in-law’s blowup during the upcoming finale episode was par for the course. “I did see it coming,” she explained. “I was the one that had to deliver the information, so guess how I felt coming into that scene!”

But at the end of the day, Melissa doesn’t let the bickering get the better of her. In fact, she’s way more chill about her relationship with her sister-in-law nowadays. “I don’t anymore, I just let it ride,” she said of diffusing tense situations with Teresa like she has in past seasons. “I’ve learned to just let it ride!”

Good for her! Considering she and Teresa told Life & Style exclusively that Melissa’s husband, Joe Gorga, has been akin to a “father figure” for Teresa’s daughters at BravoCon back in November, we’re not surprised that these two have settled into a good groove together. Plus, the fam has really united in the wake of Joe Giudice‘s deportation. We stan!