The Real Housewives of New Jersey has been anything but a barrell of laughs for Jacqueline Laurita. Known for her fun-loving personality and sweet demeanor, Jacqueline frequently seemed overwhelmed by the show, and even chose not to attend the Season 3 reunion.
While at the time many thought a rift with co-star Teresa Giudice was at the heart of Jac’s absence, we now know that the mom of three was grappling with something much more significant: her son Nicholas’s autism diagnoses.
Nicholas was diagnosed with the behavioral disorder about a year and a half ago, just months before the Season 3 reunion was filmed.
Jacqueline and her husband Chris decided to keep Nick’s diagnosis off the show until they figured out a treatment plan, but now that they have, Jacqueline is already looking forward to Season 5.
Bravo has yet to reveal if the show will even be renewed for a fifth season, but if it is, the once ambivalent Jacqueline would seriously consider staying on as a full-time cast member, if for one very important reason.
Jacqueline explained to People magazine, “If I could help one person by showing this, it would be worth it.”
We totally admire Jacqueline for her continued strength during this tough time.
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