Two years ago Murder Inc. record label founder Irv Gotti and his family allowed cameras into their home to document their life on the VH1 reality show “Gotti’s Way.” From left are: daughter Angie, youngest son JJ, Gotti’s estranged wife Deb, Irv, and Sonny.
In season one, Irv and Deb argued constantly about his infidelity and commitment to the family. We’re curious to see how things play out this season.
As Irv juggled his family and personal life, Deb remained quietly unhappy. However, Gotti will have to learn not to cross the new boundaries Deb has set for their unconventional relationship.
“This is the first time I’ve set boundaries,” says Deb. “I let him know he can’t continue to do spend a night on the weekends with me and the kids because I have to get on with my own life.”
Deb says she has a new attitude this season.
“Last season I was extremely quiet and just accepting of the way things were,” she admits. “Watching myself on television was an eye-opener.”
Deb banks face time with one of the little men in her life, JJ.
“It’s still hard for me to tell Irv that he has to take the kids on the weekends,” admits Deb. “In some odd way I feel so guilty, like I’m breaking up my family.”
Sonny and JJ have a little fun, Caribbean style.
Deb and Little JJ admire Sonny’s hoop skills.
“I hope whatever Irv and I decide about our relationships that our sons will be cool with it,” says Deb. “I realize when I brought up divorce last season it was really upsetting to my youngest son and I probably shouldn’t have involved him.”
Deb on inspiring daughter Angie:
“I talk to her about breaking the cycle, getting her education so she doesn’t have to depend on any man, and not even just that but so that she can be empowered and confident in what she has to offer herself first.”
Deb has changed for the better since last season.
“I can honestly say that I used to hate Irv and everyone affiliated with him because I was so angry, bitter and hurt, but once I learned to forgive and was saved, everything started to fall into place,” Deb confesses. “I’m back in school now and I’m just loving where I am in my life, spiritually and otherwise.”
The Gotti clan is all hugs for the camera.
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