On Wednesday's episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," group friend (to some) Kim DePaola reappears to stir the same pot she's been stirring for years by suggesting that while Joe has been serving time in prison, Teresa has been "rekindling old flings."
"It is absolutely 100 percent not true, and it is unacceptable to even suggest it," Danielle told TooFab. "People need to stay out of her marriage. Her marriage is just fine. I've been there when she's been on the phone with Joe, and I've had the privilege of being a part of the conversation and speaking with Joe. You can see that they are madly in love with each other."
Danielle said her return to the Bravo series has been filled with "drama, drama, drama," but that's it's also been "incredibly cathartic."
"Make no mistakes," she said. "I don't get stuck in nostalgia very long. This is Jersey Housewives, after all."
See Danielle's response to Wednesday's explosive episode in the Q&A below.
The dinner Melissa invites everyone to gets beyond heated. What was going through your mind when Siggy and Dolores told Teresa what Kim D said and that they were going to be walking in her fashion show anyway?
I was in shock! Complete shock. That they just bring it up so matter of fact that they're walking in the fashion show. It felt like they were intentionally using their platform to hurt Teresa and Melissa.
During the women's retreat, you choose to address Teresa and not Dolores, as many expected. Why did you do that?
The retreat was supposed to be for a healing process. I don't have a history with Dolores, so I have nothing to heal. With Teresa, we are 11 years into a relationship, which most people don't realize. So healing that relationship with Teresa, who I have become extremely close to, takes precedence.
You asked Teresa to apologize to your two daughters for the time she flipped a table and called you a prostitution whore. Did she?
You'll have to wait and see in the episodes coming up, but I can say this -- everyone has begun the healing process.
You and Dolores are at odds at the moment over a comment she allegedly said: "Teresa only cares about money." She's adamant that she didn't say it, but you claim she did. What's her motive to lie? Why did you feel the need to tell Teresa?
It's unacceptable for a stranger to come to me, and I felt like she was trying to put a wedge between Teresa and I. The reasons she said it are a lot less important than the reasons she is denying it. I think everyone will see who is who by this season's end.
You said to Margaret you felt Siggy's apology to her was not genuine and very convenient. Why do you think so?
Because we were going to the retreat, and all of a sudden she was wanting to cuddle with Margaret. I found it suspect. We get there, and all she did was talk about how Margaret affected her. She did to Margaret what she did to Melissa, only Melissa was at her home and Margaret was at a retreat. She uses her moment to continue to drive her point home. It's only convenient for her at that moment. And when she's done driving her point home, she is mad at the person again.
You and Teresa have come back from a lot. What's the key to truly mending a friendship?
Be honest and be present, and even if people judge you, be there for that person as much as possible -- from the heart. That's how I am healing because I truly care about Teresa and her family.
What's your relationship like with Siggy today? What about Dolores?
You'll have to wait and see.
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" airs Wednesdays on Bravo.