Jenni “JWoww” Farley is opening up about her estranged husband Roger Mathews‘ preliminary response to their 3-year-old son Greyson Valor‘s autism prognosis.
“I took the initiative towards getting him help. That was a huge argument between Roger and I. ‘He’s fine, he’s fine, he’s fine,’ ” Farley, 34, mentioned to pal and costar Deena Cortese throughout Thursday’s season Three premiere episode of Jersey Shore: Household Trip.
“He had a nervous breakdown in the pediatrician’s,” the mom of two alleged of Mathews, 44. “My heart broke for him because he was like, ‘I just want my son to walk down an aisle and have a family of his own.’ ”
(When reached for remark by PEOPLE relating to the “nervous breakdown,” Mathews says, “Jenni and I are friendly and co-parenting well at this stage in the game and both have every intention of doing whatever we can do for both our children.”)
“As parents, you can only do so much,” mentioned Cortese, 32, herself a mother to 6-month-old son Christopher John, a.ok.a. CJ. (Farley additionally shares daughter Meilani Alexandra, 5 on Saturday, with Mathews.)
“It’s f—ed up but I always say I’m going to hold his hand until I can’t, and when I can’t hold his hand anymore, my money is going to hold his hand,” Farley continued. “It’s like I’m preparing not for my retirement, but for my kids’ retirement.”
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In a confessional later within the episode, Farley alleged that her ex “believed that Greyson was just a slow learner and he was just going to learn on his own,” which “caused a lot of tension in our household.”
“One parent like, ‘I need to get ahead of this and fix it,’ which is me, and you’ve got another parent that’s like, ‘What are you doing? It’s not a big deal. There’s nothing wrong with Greyson,’ ” she recalled. “It is such a s—y situation to be in. It’s really hard to explain to people who don’t have kids, the level of sacrifice we make for them.”
Cortese expressed her admiration for her pal in her personal confessional later, saying, “I can’t imagine what this girl is going through. I don’t know how she is doing this. I give her so much credit.”
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After practically three years of marriage, Farley filed for divorce from Mathews on Sept. 12, in accordance with New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press. Hours after information of the divorce submitting broke, Mathews shared an emotional video on social media, swearing that he was “not done fighting” for his marriage.
The next month, the truth star shared throughout an interview with the As we speak present — after beforehand revealing in August that Greyson was experiencing delays in his speech — that she has felt “very alone” within the course of.
“When Greyson wasn’t hitting his marks in the world of doctors … was like, ‘He’s perfect. He’s going to be fine. This is no big deal,’ ” Farley mentioned. “I felt very alone because I the only parent. I thought, ‘Am I bad wanting to get him help because Roger’s not concerned, so should I not be concerned?’ ”
Farley went on to disclose her son’s autism prognosis in November, throughout an interview with Hollywood Life.
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In an impassioned assertion revealed to her web site this previous January, Farley alleged that on high of exhibiting bodily abuse towards her over the course of their relationship, Mathews has not given their two youngsters the correct care they want. (When reached by PEOPLE, a rep for Mathews had no remark.)
Two weeks after Farley’s divorce submitting, a supply informed PEOPLE the cut up got here as a shock as the previous couple “always seemed very stable and very much in love” up till that time. (Farley has since moved on, and is at the moment courting Zack Clayton Carpinello, an expert wrestler.)
“Roger was always supporting her at events, nights out or any place she needed to be,” the insider mentioned. “I always thought he was a good partner for her — much better than the guy she dated before him.”
“I don’t think she will find anyone who’s more devoted to her than Roger is,” added the supply. “You can see how much he loves his kids and what a good father he is. Hopefully they work out their differences.”