Amber entered the season with three friends — old pal Melissa and new H’wife twins Teresa Aprea and Nicole Mauriello — but promptly lost them all, thanks to one conversation with Melissa about Nicole’s collapsed marriage.
Amber and Melissa were already on shaky ground when they reunited after several years and Melissa didn’t know that Amber had been through a battle with cancer. That turned into a whole thing, but whatever friendship remained really fell apart when Amber shared the gossip she heard that Nicole may have been the one at fault in her marriage’s end, for breaking up a family. Melissa told the twins, the twins confronted Amber, and there was much hair-pulling. In the fallout, Amber is not really getting along with her old friends and her husband’s longtime friendship with Nicole’s boyfriend Bobby has also been tarnished.
Amber tried to do some damage control in yesterday’s RHONJ Episode 5. She had poop facials with Teresa Giudice and Dina Manzo (they agreed that Melissa can be “cold”), and also tried to patch things up with Melissa face-to-face. But there’s too much disagreement about who was really at fault and which friend was the worst betrayer.
During the show, a RHONJ fan tweeted, “Clearly Amber was only trying to get close to@melissagorga to get camera time and it backfired. That is not a good friend.” Melissa agreed, replying, “I felt that all along…”
Amber has been stirring the pot with comments on everyone — and she may want to consider dialing down the melodramatic reactions, since they come off as fake — but don’t they all try to get camera time? Isn’t that why they’re there? Don’t the producers push them into those situations to try and get the exact fireworks we’re now seeing? Otherwise, you get booted off the show for not being dramatic enough, or relegated to the background like poor Kathy and Rosie.
Anyway, Amber recently wrote in her blog that she feels betrayed by all of her now former friends. She defended her Nicole comment by saying she was responding to Melissa’s question about what happened to Nicole’s marriage. Amber was just answering with what she heard from “the grapevine,” and Nicole could’ve addressed the rumor on air to shut the whispers down. Instead, the twins seemed to believe it was a big lie that Amber made up on her own, and grown women resorted to hair-pulling theatrics. Amber is now calling Melissa out for her own manipulation tactics, since she knew what she was doing when she told the twins about Amber’s grapevine gossip.
Melissa was new on this show once herself, and she successfully managed to get herself plenty of camera time (and a feud or two) so maybe these old friends aren’t too different after all…
Do you agree with Melissa that Amber was just trying to get close to her old "friend" for camera time?