John Fuda rips ‘Tre Stumps’ for digging into arrest, last name change
John Fuda, the spouse of Rachel Fuda, a new addition to the cast of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” is unhappy with Teresa Giudice fans, whom he refers to as “Tre Stumps,” for delving into his past during Season 13. In an exclusive interview with TheFantasyTimes, the 35-year-old sets the record straight, starting with rumors about his arrest in 2008 at the age of 21 for operating a motor vehicle while in possession of drugs. He clarifies that he was never convicted, and the charges were dismissed. Some online trolls tried to twist this information, claiming it was the reason he changed his name. However, John, whose birth name is Jonathan D’Atria, refutes this assumption made by Giudice’s followers and her husband, Luis “Louie” Ruelas, who are known adversaries of the Fudas.
John explains that he adopted the name Fuda after his parents’ divorce when he was a baby because his mother received immense support from her side of the family. His grandfather played a significant role in their lives and served as a father figure to him. He even recalls a time when his school called his mother to correct his signature, which he always wrote as “Jonathan Fuda.” Although he learned as a child that his last name was actually D’Atria, he formally changed it to Fuda in 2016, transitioning from Jonathan Ross D’Atria to Jonathan D’Atria Fuda.
John sheds light on his arrest in 2008 and his name change, both of which have been weaponized by Giudice’s fans online. He emphasizes that before marrying Rachel in 2017, he wanted to honor Joseph Fuda by carrying the Fuda name. He directly addresses Giudice and Ruelas’ followers as “Tre Stumps,” a nickname coined by Margaret Josephs during the recent and contentious “RHONJ” reunion. He questions why he would make his former last name his middle name if he wanted to hide his past, highlighting that he is not ashamed of the mistakes he made as a young person.
Conversely, John expresses his gratitude for the support he has received since his arrest 15 years ago. He believes that some children need extra guidance, and he is glad to have learned from his experiences and now have a beautiful family and successful business. He shares two daughters, Gianella and Giuliana, with Rachel and reveals that Rachel legally adopted his 16-year-old son, Jaiden, this year. The adoption process was documented on the latest season of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” which led Jaiden’s birth mother, Brittany Malsch, who is currently incarcerated and with whom Jaiden does not communicate, to speak out in hurtful jailhouse interviews.
During the reunion, John accused Ruelas of hiring a private investigator to dig into his past with Malsch, claiming it was part of a smear campaign against the Fudas and other enemies of Giudice, including Margaret Josephs and Melissa Gorga. Ruelas denies orchestrating any investigation and maintains that he has a close relationship with retired NYPD detective Bo Dietl, who also denies involvement.
Despite Ruelas’ attempts to reconcile with the Fudas during the reunion, John remains skeptical and demands more answers before accepting an apology. He teases that fans are eager to know what was in the mysterious envelope he brought to the taping, but he states that it is now out of his hands.
As previously reported, filming for Season 14 of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” will begin next month and will feature returning cast members Rachel, Giudice, Gorga, Josephs, Catania, Aydin, and “friends” Goldschneider and Fessler.
John Fuda, the husband of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” newbie Rachel Fuda, doesn’t appreciate Teresa Giudice fans — whom he refers to as “Tre Stumps” — digging into his past as Season 13 aired this year.
“I’ve read some bogus misinformation on Twitter, so I figured I’d give the facts!” the 35-year-old exclusively tells TheFantasyTimes, beginning with speculation about his 2008 arrest at age 21 for operating a motor vehicle while in possession of a narcotic.
“I was never convicted and charges were dismissed,” he asserts. “Some of the online trolls tried to twist this information, stating this was the reason why I changed my name.”
John, whose birth name is Jonathan D’Atria, tells us his previous trouble with the law has nothing to do with his current surname, refuting an assumption made by acolytes of Giudice, 51, and her husband, Luis “Louie” Ruelas — noted adversaries of the Fudas.
“My last name is Fuda because after my parents’ divorce, when I was a baby, my mother had immense support from her side of the family,” he explains.
“My grandfather was a huge of our lives, and the father figure in mine. My mother even received a call from Paramus school one day asking her to correct my signature; I always wrote ‘Jonathan Fuda’ on my papers.”
John says he was made aware that his “last name was actually D’Atria” as a kid, but “formally changed” it to Fuda in 2016 — legally transitioning from Jonathan Ross D’Atria to Jonathan D’Atria Fuda.
“Before getting married [to Rachel] in January of 2017, I wanted to carry the name Fuda in honor of Joseph Fuda,” he elaborates, before directly addressing Giudice and Ruelas’ followers as “Tre Stumps” — a nickname Margaret Josephs coined during the most recent and very contentious “RHONJ” reunion.
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“Some of the ‘Tre Stumps’ need to ask themselves if I wanted to hide my past, why did I make my former last name my middle name?” John asks, adding that he is “not ashamed of mistakes [he] made as a kid.”
Conversely, John says he is “forever grateful for the resilience and support [he has] received” since his brief stint in custody 15 years ago.
“Some kids just need extra guidance, and I’m glad to have learned from being a kid, and have a beautiful family and business now,” says the father of three and Fuda Tile and Marble founder.
John shares two young daughters, Gianella and Giuliana, with Rachel, 31, who legally adopted his 16-year-old son, Jaiden, this year.
Part of the adoption process was documented in the latest “New Jersey” installment, prompting Jaiden’s incarcerated birth mother, Brittany Malsch — with whom the high schooler doesn’t communicate — to speak out in a string of hurtful jailhouse interviews.
“I’m annoyed by [Malsch] making this public. My parents made a strong effort not to talk about her shortcomings or bash her,” Jaiden told TheFantasyTimes earlier this month.
“I have no feelings of anger or animosity toward her; she’s like a stranger to me.”
During the reunion, John accused Ruelas of hiring a private investigator to look into his past with Malsch as part of an alleged smear campaign to make the Fudas — and more enemies of Giudice’s, including Margaret Josephs and estranged sister-in-law Melissa Gorga — look bad.
Despite repeatedly boasting about his close relationship with retired NYPD detective Bo Dietl — and having information about certain cast members — Ruelas, 48, has denied orchestrating any such investigation.
Dietl, 72, has also denied having any involvement.
Even though Ruelas tried making amends with the Fudas during the “RHONJ” reunion, John — who brought a mysterious then-unopened manila envelope to the taping — remained skeptical, demanding more answers before accepting an apology.
“The rest of the fans want to know what was in the envelope! Please stay tuned to see what the network has in store for all of us,” John teases. “The envelope was opened backstage and it’s out of my hands at this point.”
As TheFantasyTimes previously reported, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” Season 14 — which will feature returning cast members Rachel, Giudice, Gorga, 44, Josephs, 56, Dolores Catania, Jennifer Aydin and “friends” Jackie Goldschneider and Jennifer Fessler — begins filming next month.