“Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Melissa and Joe Gorga left the Garden State to spend their weekend celebrating in Montauk. Not only was it their 18th wedding anniversary on Saturday, but also Joe’s birthday on Sunday. In an Instagram tribute to their relationship on Melissa’s page, she shared a carousel of photos of the two enjoying a beautiful sunset on the beach captioned, “18 YEARS. Ride or die for 18 years, 13 of them on reality television. Proud of us @joeygorga We are fighting the good fight. Happy Anniversary ❤️❤️❤️I Love you.”
Celebrating Their 18th Year Married
Joe responded to the post, “True love is so amazing my love ❤️ I love you too.” The post received many other comments including, “These photos.. this post.. I mean just beautiful!! Happy Anniversary to an amazing couple ❤️❤️❤️❤️,” “Aooo cute love birds !!! Love your love ❤️,” “Lasting on reality tv in a relationship is def a testament especially that long. Haha! You guys are my fav couple. Happy anniversary,” “They say reality shows ruin marriages and for you guys to be on a reality show for 13 years and still be together,” “Happy anniversary!!!! Couple goals,” and many other loving messages.
Joe’s Birthday Celebration Filled the Second Half of the Weekend
Then on Sunday, Melissa posted a tribute to her husband while celebrating his birthday with two more beach photos of the couple looking all lovey-dovey. “Joe!! My Rock! Happy Birthday Love 💕 🎉 Had the best weekend celebrating with you. 🥂 @joeygorga,” the post read. Tons of birthday wishes filled the comment section.
August has Been a Month of Celebrations
The Gorga family has been in celebration mode since last week when they were celebrating another special birthday – their daughter Antonia turning 17. Melissa posted three photos of her daughter looking all grown up celebrating her big day captioned, “And just like that she’s 17!!🎉 @antoniagorgaa you deserve every gift we give you. Thank you for making us proud every day and being such a sweet and kind girl❤️ #livelifebaby We love you!!” Joe responded to the birthday post with, “I love her so much ❤️” According to the post, the family celebrated at Tao Downtown in New York City.
Melissa’s Time on RHONJ and the Drama with Teresa
Melissa joined “RHONJ” for season 3 in May 2011 and has seen her share of drama. Her sister-in-law Teresa Giudice was already a cast member of the show since season 1. The on-screen drama between the two began in 2011 and is still going strong with the Gorgas not attending Giudice’s wedding earlier this month.
There were some breaks in the drama such as the time the Gorgas and Giudice opened a restaurant together in early 2017, but that proved to be short lived as the restaurant closed the following year. Then later that year, Giudice told her sister-in-law to “control her husband” because he wasn’t making enough time for his family. The family drama continued from there and led them to Melissa not being asked to be a bridesmaid in Giudice’s wedding.
The Couple is Still Going Strong
While all this drama is being televised for all to see, the Gorga’s relationship is still going strong. In mid-August, Melissa posted a photo of her and her husband enjoying a glass of wine together captioned, “Only the strong survive💕 I love you @joeygorga. Wine for 2 please 🍷”