Stars At The Shore: NJ ‘Housewife’ Melissa Gorga
By Veronica Dudo
Reality TV star Melissa Gorga recently hosted a party at mur.mur night club inside the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City. Gorga is one of the newest additions to Bravo’s hit reality TV show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”
The Jersey Shore native is following her dreams—she’s launched a music career with her hit track “On Display,” and she’s just wrapped filming Season Four of the show. Gorga dished on all the juicy details, talked about her upcoming songs and revealed the secret to how she stays fit.
You’re the newest addition to “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast. What has that experience been like for you?
It’s been a crazy rollercoaster ride, to be honest. It has its ups, it has its downs, but overall, it’s been a nice experience. There’s been some great opportunities, like tonight I’m hosting with this great vodka that I’m endorsing, which is Voli. It’s the world’s first low calorie vodka; it’s all about skinny sipping and being able to go out and have a couple of cocktails with your girlfriends and keeping it light and low-calorie.
You have always dreamed about recording, and you’re pursuing a music career. Can you give us an update on that?
Yeah, actually, “On Display” did incredible–it went all the way up to number 11 on iTunes, which for me as a first-time artist with my first song, was more than I could have ever asked for, and I have three additional songs coming out as well. My next song is a ballad that I wrote to my husband, so I’m excited! I have three more songs coming out, some party songs, dance songs, a slow song—I co-wrote all three of them. They’ll be out in the spring, so I’m excited for everyone to hear them.
You’re a mom, a housewife and now a recording artist. How do you stay fit?
You know, I chase my three little ones all over the house. Having toddlers and babies all over the place—you keep busy. I’m not that girl that sits home and watches TV; I don’t do much of that. I’m always on the go, so I move around a lot and I eat right. I do, I try to eat right, things like Voli when you’re out, low-calorie salads, things like that. But definitely I move a lot with the kids, and it helps.
Are you filming an upcoming season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”?
We just finished filming Season Four, which is another pretty intense season. I think the fans are going to like it, I think they’re going to enjoy it. No word on season five yet; I have a feeling there will be a season five, but no word on anything yet with it.
How has being on the show affected you and your family in either a positive or negative way?
Of course it’s not easy to put yourself out there and to be in the limelight. We’re opening up our world to millions of people, which is not easy, but it’s touching to me when I have someone walk up to me and say, ‘You know what? I’m going through the same thing you are, and when you said this, you touched me.’ When I discuss my father and what I’ve been through with my father, it touches someone else’s life, and that is the most rewarding part; that’s the part that’s so amazing and worth every minute of it. So I have no regrets–I love it, I’m enjoying it, and that’s it. We’ll see where it goes from here.
BUZZ @ THE BEACH
For the January 13th weekend, the Borgata welcomes Frankie Valli and the Anti-Social Comedy Tour with Jim Norton, Dave Attell, Artie Lange and Doug Stanhope. The All-Stars of Hip Hop show rolls into historic Boardwalk Hall, featuring Rakim, EPMD, Whodini, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and Kid N’ Play, among others. Nadia Ali will perform at Dusk nightclub inside Caesars. The House of Blues hosts Thievery Corporation for a concert, and Kelly Clarkson and special guest Matt Nathanson are scheduled to perform at the Trump Taj Mahal.