Dina Manzo probably had dreams that all the Real Housewives of New Jersey drama would be behind her after she quit the show. But when her sister, sister in law, and one of her best friends still are featured on the show, it was proven that she can’t get the distance she wanted. And the drama isn’t just affecting her personal “image” it’s affecting her family from her parents, sisters, brothers, her daughter to her god daughter – Teresa Giudice’s youngest. Dina penned a very lengthy blog post about her feelings of being dragged back into the “toxic behavior” of the Real Housewives of New Jersey and what really happened.
What did she say?
First she addressed why she left the show, saying: “Yes, It’s true I decided to distance myself from ALL the housewives once I left season 2… I really wanted to walk away from all of the toxic behavior, I was not into ganging up on anyone and I was no longer obligated to talk about Danielle so the best thing for me to do was stay away. They still needed to do this and I get that, but I had no desire. I guess some of the “housewives” may have taken that as I think I’m better than them…that couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Dina would not divulge what happened behind the scenes with “certain family member” (read – Caroline Manzo.) But she did say that, “Feelings did get hurt…I won’t get into them because I have no desire to rehash the past that can only hurt my parents whom I adore.”
As for the affect on her family? “All I will say is that I LOVE all my brothers and sisters nieces and nephews, and I want nothing but the best for them and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I do hope they feel the same about me. If any of them needed me I would be there for them in a heartbeat. There are 11 of us, 5 are girls, there is always someone fighting with someone at some point, that’s just the way it is with a big family. I have a sister that not only lives with me but works with me, I’m going to Europe with another sister in a few weeks…we all have our ups and downs and there are some of us that just gravitate towards one another because we are more alike, that doesn’t mean we hate the others or at least that’s how I feel.”
As for Teresa? Dina said, “She mentioned the drama with her and Caroline and I told her that if this is all about a joke in a book (and she assured me it was) that’s not enough for me to hate the mother of my God daughter and a friend of 15 years. Was it necessary to write that stuff in her book? probably not but I don’t think it was written with malice either. We are all guilty of joking a little too much now & then…”Teresa jokes” were all over this season, everyone of them took their turn on talkin smack.”
She added that, “Teresa had nothing to do with me staying away from everyone.”
She also added what she hoped could be the reality of reality TV, “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.”
But there was a good thing that came out of Dina’s involvement on the show. Her foundation for kid’s with cancer – Project Ladybug – got a whole lot more exposure. She said, “Working with these children & their families has been the biggest eye opening experience for me. I have become a better person than I was because of it and that is the truth.”
You can check out ALL of Dina’s super long blog post right here.
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