The Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Jennifer Aydin joined the show’s original cast during the ninth season (premiered on November 7, 2018).

She continued to be an exciting presence on the show until its latest season. Also, she never failed to make headlines for her big little affairs in life.

This time, it’s about the revelation she made about her strained relationship with mom, Josephine Altinel.

So, who is Josephine and what role does she play in Jennifer’s life?

Find out.

Josephine Altinel Age

Josephine is ten years younger than her husband and Jennifer’s dad John Altinel. John (born on Sep. 19, 1944) reached the age of 76 in 2020. This makes Josephine 66-year-old. She is a Leo with a date of birth: Aug. 1, 1954.

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Josephine Altinel Family

Josephine comes from her family home in Mardin, a city in southeastern Turkey. But at the time, she lived in Plainview, New York, in the United States.

It appears she often visits her family in Turkey. In November 2018, she flew back from Turkey, and her daughter Jennifer was at the airport receiving her.

Her Instagram, Facebook

Josephine Altinel could be spotted on Facebook and Instagram but unlike her celebrity daughter, she had the least number of followers. As of May 13, 2021, Jennifer was entertaining as many as 345k followers on Instagram.

Her Height: How Tall Is Jennifer Aydin’s Mom?

While Jennifer Aydin stands to a height that is 5′ 6″, her mother remained below 5’2” tall.

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Josephine Altinel Job

Josephine Altinel works in John Michaels Jewelry, which is a Jewelry and watches store in Woodbury New York.

In fact, John Michaels is a family business run by the John Michaels family, the fifth generation in the jewelry industry, offering unparalleled service, selection, luxury, and style.

When Josephine’s husband John semi-retired, her older son Michael took over the family’s jewelry store, John Michaels.

Besides, Josephine also has a TV personality job to perform on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She has been appearing on the Bravo TV network since her daughter’s joining on the season in 2018.

Further, it’s been reported, the possible Republican’s estimated net worth (as of May 2021) is under $1 million.

Josephine Altinel Husband

As prior mentioned, Josephine’s husband is John Altinel. And because her relationship status on Facebook reads married, one can presume she is still married to Jennifer’s dad.

Most lately (i.e. in May 2021), Jennifer told Page Six that she and her Josephine have not talked in quite some time after the mother-daughter got into a “nasty war of words” over Josephine’s “hostile” relationship with John.

Jennifer explained, the fighting between her parents was getting “a little bit hostile” and she had to intervene. Jennifer cited her mom did not like the way she stood out for her father.

“…we said some ugly things to each other and it’s just, we’re taking some time apart.”

In fact, the Bravo audience has also witnessed the fighting between the couples all season. Jennifer was shown moving John into her house to help break up what was becoming a pattern.

So, with Page Six, Jennifer also shared she and her mom have a lot of anger toward each other “right now”, but she hopes they can move forward. Then of course she mentioned her father’s Parkinson’s Disease.

“I’m just trying to say, like, he’s a 76-year-old man that is disabled, walks with the cane, has the beginnings of Parkinson’s disease. It’s not humane to just treat somebody so meanly. And I just couldn’t stand by and watch it anymore and she’s mad at me for taking his side.”

Clearly, Jennifer is very fond of her father who once was a jeweler, and made jewelry with his hands. He used to work for a company that made jewelry for Tiffany and A&S. Later, he had saved enough money to buy a house in Plainview.

How Many Kids Does She Have?

Both Josephine and her husband are immigrants. They spoke occasional Turkish and Arabic at home as they brought up their four kids: Michael Altinel, Steven Altinel, and Tina Altinel Profita (including Jennifer.)


Josephine Altinel with her husband and kids (snapped back in 2013) (PIC: Josephine’s FB)

Viewers got to know the family more closely during The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 10. It was around the same time, Steven shared his journey in coming out as a gay man. Steven, as portrayed on the show, is the choral director at Walt Whitman High School and the founder and artistic director of the Long Island Musical Theatre Festival. He is the youngest of all.

Tina, the youngest daughter, Tina, spent seven years as an attorney before becoming the office manager at Aydin Plastic Surgery.

The eldest son took over the family’s jewelry business. He is married to Melda Altınel.

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