If you’re looking for some serious family drama, just check out what’s happening with a family from Bravo’s reality series Real Housewives of New Jersey. Fans of the show might recognize James Marchese as husband of Amber. Together they’re raising four kids: two biological kids and two stepchildren from James’ ex-wife, including a gay stepson named Michael.
In a recently launched GoFundMe page, Michael claims that James kicked him out of his house in 2018 when he discovered he was gay and is now refusing to pay for his college education.
“Since this time, my father has been slowly cutting ties with me until I “live according to his standards.” Essentially, this meant – and still means – that I have to be “straight” and date women while “admitting” that I chose to be gay….
With this, my father has refused to help in paying for any schooling because he believes I have to live in his home and follow his preferred life-style to be good enough to receive any financial assistance with school.”
Michael is asking followers for $35,000 to help pay for his $65,000 tuition at Fairfield University. So far he has raised over $10,000. Here is a video in which he explains why he needs the money:
However, his father and stepmother claim that James didn’t disown Michael but rather he moved out to go live with his more permissive mother. Both claim that Michael is simply using his stepmother’s reality TV celebrity status to go to an overpriced college. James said:
“His complete go fund me page is a fraud… He’s clearly trying to use Amber’s celebrity stature to literally sucker people into paying so this spoiled rich kid can attend an egregiously overpriced no name school….
In the end this has nothing to do with sexual orientation. It has to do with money which again his mother, grandparents, etc will put no money into. No one believes this is a good investment which is why no one is co-signing [to help him get educational loans]…. He just wants to go there because his friends are. And that’s that.”
“I have said since day one since we found out [that he’s gay] that we love him, we adore him, and we want the best for him.
What he’s doing is called extortion as he is using my public platform coupled with him being gay in order to try to get us to pay for something…. Jim and I have put all four of our kids through private school which is an expensive investment (almost a half million spent already) coupled with the fact that I am a two-time breast cancer survivor. I have paid out of pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to ensure that I am cancer free and stay healthy for ALL four of my children.”
James’ antigay views surfaced late last year when he posted numerous prejudiced tweets in response to people criticizing comedian Kevin Hart for his “jokes” that he’d abuse his son for being gay.
At the time, James wrote in Hart’s defense with unhinged statements about being gay:
So true NO STRAIGHT MALE wants his son to be gay. A gay son is a curse that takes away your #family traditions #heritage #lgtbiq is a a parents nightmare that destroys families. Ruins holidays like #Christmas #KevinHart we support you! #LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder
Europe is importing muslim men because #lgtbiq has caused a crisis due to lack of children being born.
Being gay is a physical act derived in sexual deviance by definition. No one is born gay it is a lifestyle choice like being vegan. Get over it. You are #FakeNews
Yeesh. No matter what started this family drama, James hardly sounds like father of the year or a dad that any gay kid would feel accepted by.