Mob Wives star Angela “Big Ang”
Raiola dropped a bombshell on Tuesday, during her appearance on The Dr. Oz
Show. The 55-year-old TV personality, who has been battling
stage 4 brain and lung cancer, announced that she has left her husband,
“I felt like he never stepped up to
the plate, so I was done with it,” she told Dr. Oz. “Now, it’s too late. I
would rather be by myself. I would rather be alone.”
While she has left Murphy, Big
Ang isn’t fighting this battle by herself. Her two children and
six grandchildren, and her sister, Janine Detore, set up a GoFundMe page to
help with Raiola’s doctor’s fees.
In just two weeks, she has raised
$45,000, surpassing a goal of $25,000 by $20,000.
“If it wasn’t for them, how would I
get through this?” Raiola told Dr. Oz.
Murphy and Raiola have a complicated
history. During a July 2012 episode of her show Big Ang, Murphy -- who was
estranged from, but still married to Raiola at the time -- proposed to her again. The
couple reconciled and has since appeared on several reality shows together
including Celebrity Wife Swap.
In December, ET confirmed that
Raiola’s throat cancer had returned. She was first diagnosed with a lemon-sized
tumor in her throat in March 2015. A week later, she underwent surgery to
remove the tumor and all the lymph nodes on the left side of her throat, and
then in June, she underwent the same surgery on the right side of her throat.
For more on her ongoing battle, watch the video below: