'RHONJ' Alum Danielle Staub Opens Up About Former Friendship With Jacqueline Laurita

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Lindsay Cronin

Danielle Staub knew her friendship with Jacqueline Laurita was ending by the end of filming on the very first season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey over 10 years ago.

While appearing on the Reality With The King podcast, via Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Staub opened up about the demise of their relationship.

Danielle Staub Had A Strained Relationship With Jacqueline Laurita's Family Members

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Looking back at her early moments on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle Staub said that she knew her relationship with Jacqueline Laurita was over when she began feuding with certain members of her family, including Laurita's sisters-in-law, Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzo, and Laurita's daughter, Ashlee Holmes.

"I would never stand in the way of family, and I felt her need to be a part of that family so desperately, and who wouldn’t?” Staub asked.

Danielle Staub Believes Jacqueline Laurita Is A 'Quality Human Being'

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Although Staub and Laurita's friendship came to an end many years ago on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Staub had only good things to say about her co-star.

"I thought that she was, and still is, a quality human being. I don’t think she knows very well how to express herself sometimes, and that’s very frustrating to her, and that’s OK. It doesn’t make her a bad person, just means our journeys and our friendship came to an impasse at that time,” she explained.

Danielle Staub Hasn't Seen Jacqueline Laurita For Years

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While they were once friends, Staub and Laurita haven't seen one another since the conclusion of the second season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

“At the reunion Season 2, when I said goodbye, and I hugged her [is the last I’ve seen or spoken to her]. That was it. We’re talking about somebody that I could leave for the diner with my kids and leave her on speaker phone in the house, and she’s still talking. We talked all day, every day,” she explained. "There were sometimes I’d say, ‘Jacqueline, I will leave you on speaker, but I have to go and film this scene.’ I literally couldn’t hang up the phone."

Does Danielle Staub Miss Jacqueline Laurita?

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When Staub was asked if she misses her former friend, she replied, "Here’s the thing, I’m OK with people not being in my life that have done certain things that make me believe they prefer not being in my life. I would never want to be around somebody that doesn’t value me again."