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The Real Housewives of New Jersey Jennifer Aydin Opens Up About Margaret Josephs Revealing Her Husband’s Past Infidelity

Season 12 of the The Real Housewives of New Jersey came out with a pretty dramatic reveal in the first episode. Margaret Josephs called out Jennifer Aydin’s husband Bill for cheating on her in the past, which Aydin surprisingly confirmed to be true. She said it was a pharmaceutical rep, not an office manager as implied, and that it happened almost 10 years ago when she was pregnant with the couple’s youngest son, Christian. Looking back on the moment, the reality star is now speaking more candidly about why Josephs came forward about her husband’s past infidelity.

For context, Margaret Josephs has been very open and honest with the band about how her relationship with her husband began while they were both still married to other people. And Jennifer Aydin often criticized the dynamic, calling it “taboo”. As a result, Josephs claimed on the show recently that she brought up the infidelity in Aydin’s own marriage only because her co-star didn’t fully acknowledge past comments that she actually saw as a “double standard”. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, however, Aydin wanted to clarify the root of their problem, saying:

I wasn’t mad that she was a cheater. And I know now that I didn’t phrase it that way. I think I was just annoyed or irritated by the way she was bragging about it, because [her now-husband, Joe Benigno’s] has an ex-wife somewhere – and she has an ex-husband and she has stepchildren – and doesn’t she know how hurtful it is to say that over and over again? … I would be very hurt if my husband brags about this infidelity.

In other words, Jennifer Aydin’s disconnect wasn’t the actual idea that her co-star was a cheater at one point, but continued to talk about it many years later. Apparently this triggered the The Real Housewives of New Jersey alum when Josephs would launch into graphics about his infidelity with his bandmates. She told the outlet:

I kept wondering what her purpose was almost making it a headline, like it was funny, and things she would say on camera that she knows people are going to see. Like, we were at a party last year and she was talking about how Joe used to wash the stink off her before he went home to his wife, or something. And I was just like, don’t talk like that. Like just being respectful. It’s TMI. We don’t need to know. We understood.

Margaret Josephs hinted at Bill Aydin’s affair in the previous RHONJ season, but it wasn’t until recently that she came out firmly and claimed to have a source. Many fans online would react to the moment with sympathy for Jennifer Aydin, given that it wasn’t really a ‘double standard’ for her (as a formerly hurt part) to somehow feel about others. cheaters.

Speaking out about cheating rumors, whether true or not, is usually fighting words in the real housewives franchise. Jackie Goldschneider came to find out last season amid his infamous spat with Teresa Giudice. Nonetheless, Jennifer Aydin obviously got along with Margaret Josephs, even though the infidelity revelation wasn’t totally ideal. She shared:

I understand why she did it. I don’t think the way she went about it was the right one. For example, if she really wanted to do me some good, she could have called me and said, ‘Look, I have this information. I’ll take it out. I’m going to say it…’ giving me perhaps the opportunity to say it in my own voice, in my own way. I was very ambushed and felt like I was very caught off guard.

As for the teasers for the rest of the season, Margaret Josephs apparently gets into some other drama with co-star Teresa Giudice regarding her new fiancé Louie Ruelas’ motive. It’s expected to get super intense, and the formerly incarcerated star said it just might affect the longevity of their friendship going forward.

However, we know from experience that Bravo can sometimes be deliberately misleading with images, so perhaps the ongoing feuds are just for show. (Vanderpump Rules‘ Lala Kent has been candid about the conflict being rewarded financially by the network.) But if we’ve learned anything about Jennifer Aydin from her short time the The Real Housewives of New Jersey so far is that she usually finds time for the last word. Stay tuned to find out how everything unfolds on Season 12, which airs new episodes Tuesdays at 9 PM EST!