While New Jersey may be covered in snow amid a wild winter storm, Melissa and Joe Gorga have escaped down to Miami to soak up some much-needed sun.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, who are staying at the W South Beach, were spotted frolicking on the Florida beach on Thursday with their kids Antonia, 15, and sons Gino, 12, and Joey, 10, nearby.
The 41-year-old brunette beauty showed off her fabulous figure in a barely-there baby blue triangle bikini as she strolled alongside the beach hand-in-hand with her husband, who flexed his muscles while wearing patterned swim trunks.
The night before the family outing, the new season of RHONJ premiered on Bravo. As OK! previously reported, the couple’s marriage will face struggles like never before in season 11 of the dramatic reality show.
"This season, it’s very raw. It’s very real. It’s very different this season for Joe and I," Melissa teased ahead of the premiere. "We’ve done very good for 11 years. We’re a great couple. We try really hard. We fight really hard for our family and it’s not easy to be on reality TV for 11 years and still stand strong.
"He likes things to stay the same. I’ve been with him since I was 24 years old. So I’ve changed and I feel like this is a scary part of marriage. Either you’re going to grow together or you’re going to grow apart. And I think we’re fighting really hard to grow together."
The Envy owner explained that things have not been easy for the couple. "I’m not sitting here telling you that, like, I’m moving out of my house today but we were struggling and we show it. … We’re fighting out of it."
With a long history together, three children and love, it "just takes a little give and take" to stay strong.
"Listen, I’m not gonna deny that we went through a rough, like year-and-a-half, and I would say it started right before the pandemic," Melissa told Page Six.
"I feel like as I become more and more independent in certain ways, it really is a struggle for him. I hate that. It shouldn’t be a struggle and it really is. And we really go through it and we’re very raw and real and honest with it. So you’re going to have to see how that all unfolds. But it’s very real for us."
The reality show was forced to shut down in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The show resumed with extra safety precautions, which include daily temperature checks, outdoor filming, social distancing and crew members wearing masks, OK! previously reported.
Us Weekly was the first to report on Melissa and Joe’s marital issues ahead of the new season of RHONJ.