Movie Stars and Gossip
ERIN PATRICE O’BRIEN
Jacqueline Laurita had tried for years to have another baby, so when she finally welcomed son Nicholas three years ago, the proud mom celebrated his every achievement.
“We had no idea what was going on,” the Real Housewives of New Jersey star, who hid her son’s medical issues from the reality cameras as she continued taping season 4 last year, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
After an agonizing wait to see multiple doctors, the Lauritas got a diagnosis: Nicholas is autistic.
“I worry about him being independent when he’s older,” admits Jacqueline, who is also mom to Ashlee, 21, and C.J., 10. “I spend all my time researching what we can do for him.”
Adds her husband Chris: “You never want to think that your child isn’t perfectly healthy. We didn’t want to believe it was true.”
For all the details about the autism diagnosis, the Lauritas’ struggle to get treatment and Jacqueline’s Real Housewives future, pick up this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday.
– Charlotte Triggs