‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’s’ Kathy Wakile Defends Her Marriage, Calls Teresa Giudice ‘Cowardly’

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There are two topics that will always get a rise out of a Real Housewife: Kids and marriage. And it was the latter that had Kathy Wakile steaming mad on Part 1 of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion last Sunday.

“You want to try and pick away my marriage? What’s next?” Wakile tells Celebuzz of cousin Teresa Giudice’s comments on the reunion.

“How much further, how much more am I going to take from her when I’ve only tried to be gracious and try to help her and try to be right with her, and this is what you’re going to do? Come on. I draw the line somewhere,” she continues.

Wakile knows she got heated (and possibly out of line) after Giudice brought up that she and husband, Richie, were heading toward divorce at one point and then said she heard it from her mother, Wakile’s aunt.

What does she have to say about her comments about Teresa’s mother?

“I felt badly about it after, because that’s really not been my character to do that,” Wakile, 47, tells us.

“I’ve always had so much respect for my uncle and my aunt,” she adds. “And even at last year’s fashion show when my aunt lashed out at me — I think that everybody saw how she lashed out at me — when I was simply just trying to have a conversation with Teresa. She had no idea what our conversation was about and she just lashed out at me. Of course, protecting her daughter and I respect that. And that’s why I did not react to her. I just kept my mouth shut.”

But, that doesn’t mean Wakile has let her cousin off the hook. “When Teresa tried to pick apart my marriage at the reunion and then blame it on her mother,” she says. “Well, that was cowardly in itself.”

Wakile thinks that it’s Giudice who believes that she has problems in her marriage and felt that her cousin should “own it,” because her mother’s “not here to defend herself.”

As for the state of her marriage, the reality star says, “My husband’s with me 99 percent of the day. Even if there had been, which there wasn’t, any talk of a divorce, or anything like that, it is 21 years later. We just celebrated our 21-year wedding anniversary and I couldn’t love him any more than I do now.”

And as for the alleged problems in Giudice’s marriage, which have included infidelity and verbal abuse on Joe’s part, Wakile says she hopes that they can work it out.

“I wish them the best,” she says, “Because the bottom line is, if there are problems in a marriage, not only the husband and wife suffers, it’s the family that suffers. So I hope that she is dealing with it, and they are on their way to having a happy life together. I would never want to see anyone’s home broken. Never.”

Part 2 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion airs Sunday at 10 PM on Bravo.

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