While Amber and Melissa were in the car, talking about new twins Teresa Aprea and Nicole Mauriello, Amber dropped the gossip that she heard through the grapevine that Nicole’s marriage ended because she broke up a family. Nicole was supposedly a homewrecker. It was The Rumor Mill in action, but that kind of gossip can bite you in the butt when used as ammunition — and that’s what happened later, when Melissa heard that Amber was also gossiping about her.
Melissa explained things from her perspective in her Bravo blog after Episode 3.
"After Amber introduced me to her good friends, the twins, and then immediately seemed to have a lot of negative things to say about them, I started to realize that maybe Amber has changed,” Melissa wrote. “She told me on the way to my sister-in-law's party that Nicole had broken a family, and it was weighing on my mind. A ‘home wrecker’ is not a cool label to have hanging over you, especially if it's not true. I've been in this situation where people have labeled me with words that were untrue, so I didn't want to be part of doing it to someone else.” (Pro tip: Get off reality TV if you don’t want to spread rumors!)
Melissa also talked to Dina Manzo, who said she too was skeptical about Amber. So Melissa decided, even though she and Amber were friends in their 20s, maybe she didn’t really know the Amber of today. And maybe what Amber said about Nicole breaking up a family wasn’t true either. But do you think Melissa really would’ve said anything to Nicole if Amber and her husband Jim hadn’t also been talking smack about Melissa and her family? What happened felt a bit like retaliation gossip, which is fair, but not necessarily about just trying to give Nicole a chance to defend her reputation.
As Melissa continued in her blog, “I also wanted Nicole to be able to say whether or not Amber's rumor was true in front of everyone. I really like the twins and think they are good people. It just didn't feel right to have it out there and have people gossip about it. And yes, Amber is my friend, so if she had truly said it to me in confidence, I wouldn't have stressed so much about wanting Nicole to be able to defend herself. I would have listened to Amber's gossip and just not spread it around. Obviously she wanted all of us (and all of you) to know, so there is a big difference. With that said, Amber wanted to play with the ‘big girls’ and knew exactly what she was getting herself into. I have no doubt that she is also ready to come back and defend herself.”
So the claws are officially out. Episode 3 ended with Teresa and Nicole gunning for Amber’s blood, thanks to Melissa’s counter-move, and we’ll have to see what happens.
Do you have a “team” in this Amber vs. Basically Everyone feud? Still waiting to see what happens? Just rolling your eyes?