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Family is a complicated, layered concept that changes more than people would like to admit, whether you’re on TV or not.

And sometimes, your family – even former family – know how to push your buttons much better (or worse) than anyone.

To wit, Melissa Gorga has recently had a whole lot to say about Joe Giudice on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Melissa has also taken shots at her former co-star in multiple interviews, accusing him of using her to stay relevant.

According to her, he’s just trying to profit off of their disagreements – basically trying to make money at her expense.

Well, speaking to The Hollywood Gossip exclusively, Joe himself says that this is the furthest thing from the truth.

The father of four spoke to THG earlier this month with his side of the story, and now he’s back for round two.

From Italy, Giudice explains that the reality is simple: he wants Gorga to stop stressing out his wonderful daughters.

When it comes to using them for storylines, headlines, or anything else, just keep them out of your mouth, will ya?

In his mind, hearing their own aunt go on tirades about their dad on and off of TV isn’t doing the girls any good.

And frankly, it’s not a good look for Melissa or her husband, is it? Read on to see what Joe has to say …