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Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Jennifer Fessler claims she had romance with James Gandolfini

Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Jennifer Fessler claims that she had a sexual relationship with late actor James Gandolfini.

Jennifer, who appears in episodes as a ‘friend of the cast’, made the admission during a group trip to Ireland for the show.

When asked by Margaret Josephs, 56: ‘How many people did you sleep with?’, the 52-year-old responded with: ‘Really? Well, James Gandolfini. That’s a fact’.

Shocked housewife Melissa Gorga replied: ‘You had sex with James Gandolfini?’

Jennifer was equally perplexed that Melissa hadn’t heard her speak about it before. ‘Where have you been?,’ she quipped.

Gandolfini played Tony Soprano in the HBO television series, which was centred around an Italian-American Mafia family.

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‘Who gets to f**k Tony Soprano?,’ Melissa, 43, said in a confessional filmed as reaction to the scene.

The inquisitive group wanted to know more about the potential liaison – this was a girls’ trip after all.

Jennifer was more than happy to provide her insight, telling them he had ‘sex appeal’, and recalling her upset at his death.

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Gandolfini died aged 51 in 2013 from a heart attack. Jennifer is married to lawyer Jeff Fessler, who had to remind her that Gandolfini wasn’t her partner.

‘He was so the one that got away, but he was also the one that was never really there. But he absolutely was inside me. That is a fact. More than once,’ she joked.

James Gandolfini
Gandolfini, who starred in The Sopranos, died in 2013 (Picture: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
The RHONJ cast were amused by the admission (Picture: Bravo)

The alleged meeting happened before he took on his iconic role in 1999.

‘I met James Gandolfini before The Sopranos. I was obsessed,’ she said.

‘He actually took me to an S&M bar. It was crazy, and we hung out, and we drank, and we went back to his apartment and we f****d.’

Gandolfini was married to Marcy Wudarski from 1999 to 2002 and he later married Deborah Lin in 2008.

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