Though 2020 taught people to expect the unexpected, it's still somewhat rare for A-list stars to acknowledge the reality TV world. That's why Bravo fans went crazy when The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor posted a TikTok featuring Gia Giudice's "Sad Song" from Season 3 of RHONJ.
Over the years, Housewives fans have seen many cast members attempt to forge music careers — from Gia's aunt Melissa Gorga to RHONY O.G. Luann De Lesseps to RHOA alum Kim Zolciak. But only Gia can count not only Will Smith, but now Cardi B as a listener!
Those who aren't longtime RHONJ fans probably aren't familiar with the context of Gia Giudice's "Sad Song." We're breaking down the background of the track, the TikTok infamy, and Gia's responses to Will's video and Cardi B's shoutout.
Gia Giudice's "Sad Song" has gone viral on TikTok.
Though you might be hearing a sampling from "Sad Song" for the first time on TikTok in 2021, the track was actually first performed on the hit Bravo reality series in 2011.
Gia wrote "Sad Song" when she was just 10 years old, and she performed it at her sister's birthday party. The lyrics reflected how she felt about the fact that her parents were fighting with her aunt and uncle (Joe Gorga).
As viewers will remember, Teresa and her then-husband Joe Giudice were embroiled in a long feud with Melissa and Joe Gorga that played out on the show.
Gia sang the song in front of the RHONJ cast, and Joe Gorga cried while listening to it.
While most "Sad Song" TikTok videos include just the "Waking up in the morning, thinking about so many things" lyrics, the original piece was much longer.
"Waking up in the morning, thinking about so many things, I just wish things would get better / I'm trying to get rid of them, but nothing seems to stay the same / Woke up in the morning, doing my hair and makeup, getting my clothes on, walking into school, thinking about what's going to happen next," Gia sang on the show.
"Oh no, things are just caught up in my mind / Just cannot get rid of them / I'm worrying and worrying, I just cannot get rid of this / I cannot take chances / It is just too much / Waking up in the morning, going into school, worrying and worrying / It is just too much," the song concludes.
The "Sad Song" TikTok trend often features users who are reflecting on embarrassing moments from years earlier.
Will Smith's "Sad Song" TikTok post earned Gia's approval.
While many celebrities tend to be cringey with their content on TikTok, Will Smith has long proved to be an exception. The actor got in on the "Sad Song" posts by sharing a dancing video he made in a leprechaun costume on St. Patrick's Day.
"Remembering the time I thought it would be a good idea to make a St. Patrick's Day video alone in a hotel room," he wrote over the video.
In his caption, Will continued to poke fun at himself.
"I'm a triple threat: I’m an actor, rapper, and whatever this is," he wrote.
His video has been viewed more than 17 million times, and it's only led to more people getting in on the trend. While Gia could have gotten upset at the fact that her old song has gotten a new life thanks to the Men in Black star, she thinks it's "cool" that he used a snippet of her song.
"I had a bunch of friends sending me text messages saying Will Smith was singing your song on Instagram and when I saw it, I couldn't believe it," Teresa's eldest daughter told E! News. "I love Will Smith and I thought it was really cool that he did that."
Cardi B. gave Gia's "Sad Song" a shoutout via Twitter.
On March 26, Cardi B. took to Twitter to give "Sad Song" a shoutout.
"Thinking about deleting this app until I drop my next little project," she tweeted, referring to TikTok. "... but then again where I’m going to hear 'wakin up in the morning thinkin about so many things I just wish things will get better'?"
And you can bet Gia didn't waste any time replying. "This is unreal!! CARDI I’m in Bahamas let’s meet up," she commented.
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