Sometimes time heals wounds, but when it comes to the fractured relationship between Caroline Manzo and Dina Manzo, that doesn’t seem to be the case. When Dina appeared on SiriusXM’s Jeff Lewis Live, she not only confirmed her engagement to David Cantin, but also offered an update on where things stand with her sister and fellow The Real Housewives of New Jersey alum.
“Caroline does not speak to me at all … we haven’t spoken in two years,” Dina said about the Manzo’d with Children matriarch, via PEOPLE. She noted that fame may have contributed to their rift: “People become [caricatures] of themselves. A little part of what people say that they liked, they tend to put it on.”
While she noted about the crew in her chat with the Flipping Out designer that “I think we all changed” once the show premiered, she adds she saw a bigger transformation in her sister: “It was when I didn’t recognize who she was any more that I said, ‘I’m out.’”
She continued, “And then the television thing [factored in] after I watched Season 1. I was saying very nice things about them and watching back, they weren’t doing the same for me. So I was like, ‘What the f—?’ Is there envy going on here? They don’t want me to look good?’ I don’t know, but it freaked me out.”
In the midst of their rift, life has not only changed for Dina who has found love again, but also for Caroline who became a grandma last year. Dina added, “Maybe becoming a grandmother has brought her back down to earth.”
While Caroline and Dina don’t speak, Dina did note that she is close to her other siblings. “That’s what people don’t realize. I get infuriated when people say, ‘You don’t speak to your family.’ I have 10 siblings,” she said. “[My brother] Chris [Laurita], I saw him not too long ago, when we lived in Malibu and he came out and we had a nice dinner. We don’t see each other often because we’re on different coasts. But we’re definitely fine. And Jacqueline as well. If they called me tomorrow and they needed me, I’ll be there. They’re great.”
From Press Release:
Current cast member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Dolores Catania, recently wrapped filming for Brad Forenza’s upcoming short film, Breaking Points.
Breaking Points is the story of Anthony (Joshua Ray Garcia) and Devin (Leon Glover), two college roommates coping with the suicide of their friend amidst the backdrop of a small college town. Ms. Catania plays the grieving mother of the deceased friend. Also wrapped from filming are ShalomIsrael Diggs and Danny Velez, with additional casting to be announced shortly.
Breaking Points is written by Brad Forenza (author of Reagan Babies and Vignettes), who is also making his directorial debut. The themes explored in Breaking Points include mental health, sexuality, and incomplete relationships. The film is currently in-production through spring 2018.
Danielle Staub made her triumphant return to The Real Housewives of New Jersey this season, but not all of the Garden State gals were ready to give her a warm welcome. Tension brewed almost immediately between Danielle and Dolores Catania, especially when Danielle told Teresa Giudice that Dolores had not been saying such kind things about her behind her back, which Dolores denied.
So what is it really about Danielle that makes it so hard for Dolores to get along with her? The RHONJ mom broke it down when she appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Wednesday night (clip above). “OK, well, I embraced Danielle when I first met her, although I heard many terrible things about things she’s done to people,” Dolores explained to Andy Cohen. “She started something between me and Teresa that wasn’t true. She told Teresa I was talking about her very early into this whole relationship, and I wasn’t. And also, she antagonizes me and she mocks me about my relationship with Frank Catania.”
Taking all of that into consideration, you might think that Dolores wouldn’t be too fond of Danielle’s rekindled friendship with Teresa this season. Although Dolores said that she doesn’t “think anything’s really genuine about” Danielle, she wasn’t completely against her striking up a relationship with Teresa again, either. “And as far as Teresa and Danielle, I mean, right now, it’s a new relationship; it’s kind of superficial. It’s just new,” Dolores shared during Wednesday’s WWHL After Show (clip below). “We’ll see what happens. You never know. I could be wrong. I hope I’m wrong. I hope they run off into the sunset and stay friends, but who knows what could happen.”
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“My ex and his girlfriend have been together 11 years and they’re in this thing where they keep fighting about the same thing,” The Real Housewives of New Jersey mom explains to The Daily Dish. “Nothing’s getting better, so it’s time to take a break. I think after 11 or 12 years, it’s worth giving it a shot, maybe you need a little break and not be in the same house and argue about the same things, so he moves back in with me.”
That could be a recipe for disaster, but it sounds like Dolores honestly loves it.
“It’s the greatest thing!” she exclaims. “I come home, he’s mopping my floor, he’s handling my appointments, he’s doing the dishes, he’s paying all the bills.”
Pal Siggy Flicker says, “It’s hard for people to understand, but Dolores and I have extremely good relationships with our exes. My ex-husband was the best man at my wedding, Dolores’ ex Frank and my ex have a wonderful relationship. You know why? Because we’re able to put our egos aside and it benefits [our kids] Frankie, Gabby, Sophie and Joshua. So if my ex said, ‘Hey, I don’t know what I’m doing right now and I need a place to stay,’ I’d say, ‘My house is your house, your kids are living there.’ Dolores did the same thing.”
Jacqueline Laurita may be gone, but she’s definitely not forgotten in Dolores Catania‘s eyes. In fact, The Real Housewives of Jersey pal definitely keeps in touch with the Garden State alum after she confirmed her exit from the show back in August.
“I do, I do. Jacqueline has a heart of gold,” Dolores revealed on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Wednesday. “I don’t see her enough ’cause I’ve been so busy.”
Though it is fairly easy for the two ladies to stay in contact, since, as Dolores noted, “She lives around the corner from me, actually.”
Danielle Staub got into her first true conflict during her triumphant return to The Real Housewives of New Jersey and it involved being called “scumbag” by Dolores Catania. Not once, but five times in a row, Danielle pointed out to us.
“I wanted to give her a thesaurus, to be honest with you,” she told E! News.
This came after Danielle told Teresa Giudice that Dolores told her Teresa only cared about money, and then of course there’s Cakegate with Siggy Flicker pissed at Teresa and Melissa Gorga over a playful cake food fight.
“I mean, clearly Siggy and Dolores need to have a table flipped at them to know the Cakegate isn’t that big of a deal,” Danielle cracked. “That’s all I have to say on that one.”
Filming done for the season and Danielle is still in contact with three women every day. “I’ve reached out several times to the other two. It’s kind of met with silence,” she said. And this time, she’s ready for the reunion.
“I didn’t prepare myself because I never watched the seasons when it was on, so I didn’t know what was going to happen when I would sit down on the couch, and then stuff would happen, things would be said,” she said. “I would watch a scene and I was literally watching the scenes for the first time.”
“This one I’m going in armed and ready,” Danielle promised.