Fans of the Real Housewives of New Jersey might remember when Melissa Gorga was first introduced into the cast some years ago. The brunette beauty is married to Joe Gorga, the brother of OG cast member Teresa Guidice. It hasn't always been smooth sailing for the family - Teresa's husband served a stint in jail and Teresa herself spent some time behind bars - but that hasn't stop Melissa from focusing on her children.
The 40-year-old mompreneur shard a picture of her eldest child and only daughter, Antonia, with her Instagram followers. The 13-year-old was ready to go to her 8th-grade dance. Viewers of the show have watched the Gorga kids grow up on camera, but that doesn't stop Gorga from getting sentimental every now and then. After all, those teenage years come around so fast!
According to PEOPLE, Antonia, who has two brothers aged 11 and 8, was complimented by her mom's fellow cast mates, Dolores Catania and Margaret Josephs. Antonia was named after her dad and aunt's mother, whose passing was documented over the last couple of years of the Bravo TV series. The family was left distraught when the matriarch died in 2017 following on from a battle with pneumonia. She was just 66.
Teresa and Joe's father, Giacinto Gorga, moved in with her and her family after his wife's untimely death so that they could support each other. He is often featured in the series, helping out with Teresa's daughters while her husband Joe was serving out a 41-month sentence for wire fraud, among other things. Last October, a court ruled to deport Joe back to Italy, since despite living in America since he was a child, he never obtained citizenship.
Despite all the ongoing troubles in the Gorga camp, Melissa continues to focus on her clothing store, Envy, and raising her three beautiful children alongside her husband. It won't be long before Antonia starts high school, and the 8th-grade dances turn into senior prom!
Each milestone is more emotional than the last...and each dress is more expensive! Lets not even get started on college tuition and student housing. Take these moments where you can, Melissa!