Melissa Gorga Explains Husband Joe’s “Panicking” Over Daughter Antonia Going to College!

Melissa Gorga is about to send her first child off to college. Before the new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey started, the 43-year-old host of the On Display podcast talked to PEOPLE about how she and her husband, Joe Gorga, are feeling as their daughter Antonia, 17, get ready to leave for college in the fall.

“Joe is panicking. I’m like, good for her. Go, girl, go,” Melissa tells PEOPLE. “Joe’s like, ‘All she’s going to do is party and drink and eat and [hang out with] boys.”

“I’m like, ‘Joe, there’s education in college,'” she says with a laugh, but her husband says there’s “very little.”

“He’s this typical; he doesn’t want his daughter to go. He’s like, ‘She could just drive,’ and I’m like, no,” The mother of three tells us why.

“She needs to know what it’s like to wash her clothes and buy her detergent. I think she needs that,” she says, adding that she thinks her daughter is “very sheltered.”

Melissa Gorga Explains Husband Joe's Panicking Over Daughter Antonia Going to College!
Melissa Gorga Explains Husband Joe’s Panicking Over Daughter Antonia Going to College!

“I do everything for her. It’s good for her to be independent and learn who she is, so I’m excited. It’s going to be a huge change not to have her bossing us around this house as she does, but I think it’s going to be great for her,” Melissa shares.

The reality star says it’s a “big change” for the family and the viewers watching Antonia and her sons, Joey, 12, and Gino, 14, grow up.

“You guys met her as a 4-year-old girl talking about how old Jesus is, and now you’re going to see her go out to college, which is crazy,” she says.

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In September, the Bravo star posted a cute picture of her two older kids on Instagram right before they went to their first day of freshman and senior year of high school.

The proud mom also sent a cute throwback picture of Antonia and Gino on their first school day when they were younger. It looks like they were in elementary school at the time.


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“I can’t believe it! My senior is driving my freshman to high school today😭❤️ so many emotions to feel,” she began the heartfelt caption. “Where did time go? When people used to say that time flys I never believed them. I feel like they looked like the second picture just yesterday.”

“Thank you, God, for blessing me with such amazing kids❤️🙏🏼. Have the best day, my loves,” she said.

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