It’s a bit too convenient that Dina Manzo, who’s remained mum on all of the current fracas on The Real Housewives of New Jersey (and why she left the show), has decided to suddenly speak out about her drama with Teresa Giudice. But that’s what you do when you have a new show to promote!
It turns out that there’s no bad blood between Teresa and Dina, or so she wants us to believe. Dina published a huge post to her personal site — but note that it’s on the Press page — detailing everything that went down. She wants us to know that she’s been offered “A SERIOUS amount of money to sell this to many outlets BUT I chose to do it for free here.”
It’s a bit of a rambling post, so here are the highlights.
Project Ladybug became a bigger priority. As Dina said, suddenly all the bickering and one-upmanship seemed much less important than the families losing their children to cancer.
She’s having issues with her family, but that’s none of your business. At the reunion, Dina’s sister Caroline Manzo said that they’re not currently in touch, partly because Dina is still in touch with Teresa. (More on that below.) Dina corroborated that there are some hurt feelings but refuses to go into detail because “I have no desire to rehash the past that can only hurt my parents whom I adore.” She also explained that in a family as huge as theirs (11 kids!), “there are some of us that just gravitate towards one another because we are more alike, that doesn’t mean we hate the others.” Meanwhile, Caroline says that she talks to only 8 of her 10 siblings.[tagbox tag="Dina Manzo"]
Dina doesn’t have a reason to hate Teresa. Because she was estranged from Caroline, Dina didn’t know about the rift between her and Teresa until Teresa showed up on her doorstep in tears. Even after Teresa complained about Caroline and (Dina’s sister-in-law) Jacqueline Laurita ganging up on her, Dina decided that it wasn’t enough to turn against Teresa. It’s unclear if she’s actually watched the show and realized how Teresa’s become season 3′s villain, but we have to remember that Dina is baby Audriana‘s godmother.
It also helps that Teresa is plugging Project Ladybug on Celebrity Apprentice this season. Dina says that the fight between Teresa and Caroline is from Teresa including mean jokes in her cookbook (“Caroline is about as Italian as Olive Garden,” etc.) but that it’s not enough to ruin their fifteen-year friendship. Dina points out that she herself has poked fun at Teresa’s inability to say normal words on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
Aren’t you so glad that that’s all cleared up? And now we remember who Dina is aside from Caroline’s pretty sister who left the show. Honestly, I wish she hadn’t left: She sounds like the most levelheaded of the group. But that’s probably why she scooted. I’ll leave you with this bit of unexpected positivity:
I wish all the girls the BEST!! ALL OF THEM. I say we change this housewives thing around and show the world what we’re really made of! Let’s lift each other up instead of trying to tear one another down. Lets showcase what women are capable of, what I thought this show was going to be back in the day~ Running successful businesses, supporting amazing causes, raising incredible children and looking fabulous every step of the way. Unfortunately, not sure what the ratings on that would be : ( so I doubt that will happen.
At least we get Dina back on Dina’s Party, where she throws lavish celebrations for other rich folk. Also vicarious, but in a way that hopefully won’t get any tables flipped.