Drita D’Avanzo has addressed the claim that Angela “Big Ang” Raiola’s family is upset with her because of how she behaved at Big Ang’s wake on Friday, behavior that Carla Facciolo and Renee Graziano apparently also found disagreeable. On Saturday night, Drita, who starred on Mob Wives with Big Ang for five seasons, made clear that Big Ang’s family has no problem with her by tweeting that they actually asked her to stay even after everything was over.
Drita wrote that Big Ang’s family asked her to stay so that they could reminiscence. Drita added that she loves Big Ang and loves her family.
Drita hinted that she’s not letting the rumors affect her. In response to someone who tweeted to Drita that Big Ang’s family truly know how much she loved Big Ang and how much she meant to her, Drita agreed and said that’s all that matters.
Drita also tweeted that Big Ang’s family is amazing just as she was.
Dominick Detore, who is married to Big Ang’s sister, Janine Detore, thanked Drita for being there for the family in there time of need. Janine and Dominick appeared with Big Ang on her spin-off Big Ang, which ran for one season in 2012. It was Janine who set up the GoFundMe page for Big Ang so that she could have access to cannabis oil to relieve her pain in her final days.
Earlier on Saturday, Hollywood Life reported that Angela “Big Ang” Raiola’s family was upset with how Drita D’Avanzo arrived and behaved at Big Ang’s wake, which was held at Scarpaci funeral home in Brooklyn on Friday. The article quoted a source as saying that the family thought that Drita was behaving as if she was the star of the day and needlessly making a scene.
“At the wake, the family was furious at how Drita came in with bodyguards escorting her, which made a scene… None of the other girls behaved that way. One family member even made a comment saying, ‘Doesn’t she know that there’s only one star here today?’ They felt she was trying to steal the spotlight and make it all about her. They felt her behavior was fake and for theatrical purposes — a pathetic attempt to take away from the fact that she just beat up an innocent woman.”
One blog site, Reality Ashhole, accused Carla Facciolo of being behind the story.
The blogger added that Drita wore no makeup, hid from the cameras, and sat in the back of the funeral home with Natalie Guercio and Alicia DiMichele during the service. Natalie starred on the show’s fourth and fifth seasons, while Alicia was on the show just for it’s fourth season. The blogger said that “these girls” are selling stories.
Who are “these girls?” The day after the service, Carla posted a lengthy message on her Instagram page that seemingly called out Drita for being “dramatic and theatrical” and wanting more to be noticed than to honor Big Ang at the wake. After much criticism, Carla deleted the post, but not before the blogger posted a snapshot of her message.
Renee Graziano agreed with Carla, writing that Big Ang would have rolled her eyes at anyone making a scene. Renee pointed out that she cried quietly, unlike others.
After receiving so much criticism, Carla posted a happier message to her Instagram page, but that didn’t stop numerous people from continuing to lash out at her for what she did. People called Carla “disgusting” and “a pure b**ch” for criticizing Drita’s grieving.
One photo from the wake shows Drita, whose brother-in-law passed away a few days earlier, overcome by emotion while sitting in the car. The photo shows Drita crying as she covers her hand over her mouth. It looks as if Drita has been crying for a long time.
Natalie Guercio called out Carla and Renee for what they posted. Natalie called them “classless” and “attention seekers.”
Natalie added that Big Ang would have rolled her eyes at them.
Natalie also tweeted that a few more names should have been added to the no entry list, referring to TMZ‘s report that Karen Gravano was not allowed to attend the wake because “no rats allowed.” Photos of the wake published on TMZ, as well as in the New York Daily News, noticeably don’t include any of Karen. Karen, whose father, Sammy Gravano, cooperated with the federal authorities after his arrest against mob boss John Gotti, has yet to publicly comment on the exclusion.
Alicia DiMichele also seemingly added her opinion on what Carla and Renee wrote about Drita. Alicia tweeted that you either have class or you don’t.
Alicia revealed that after the wake, she, Natalie and Drita went to one of Big Ang’s favorite restaurants and laughed over memories of her. Alicia posted a photo of them standing outside of the restaurant after the wake. Many people commented to say that Drita is clearly in a lot of pain.
Angela “Big Ang” Raiola’s fans will get to continue watching her on the rest of the Mob Wives Season 6 episodes that will continue to air in the upcoming weeks. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Big Ang also showed up to film a small part of the reunion show with Drita D’Avanzo, Renee Graziano, Karen Gravano, and Carla Facciolo.
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