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On Sunday night, the second part of the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion aired on Bravo and as we all well know, things got extra heated between Teresa Guidice and Caroline Manzo.
While many topics send the women into a frenzy of finger-wagging and eye-rolling, when the topic of Caroline's sister Dina Manzo is brought up (a former star of the show who left during season two), Caroline completely loses her cool and it is revealed that she and her sister have had a falling out that she is not willing to speak of.
Turns out, Dina isn't really ready to gab about their problems either, but she did have a lot to say about the "toxic behavior" of ALL the housewives on the show in her blog this weekend. She briefly touched upon what is going on in her family, but only to say as much as it was a private matter that she didn't want made public. She wrote:
During this time some things that I will NOT get into did happen behind the scenes with certain family members and there is no right or wrong really…it depends on who you ask. 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. I would rather stay away from it than fight, that’s what works for me and guess what? that’s ok. You are allowed to avoid the negative, do what you have to do to keep your spirits up and your soul in tact. I also will not try to talk America into taking my side as some others may feel they have to in certain situations. There is no side here, this is a private matter there are 3 sides to every story remember…it depends on who you ask. It’s a shame this TV show used to be about our lives and now some lives are just about a TV show. That’s not how it should be…
Dina went on in her post to talk about her relationship with Teresa and touch on the "joke" she wrote about Caroline in her cookbook that sparked all the drama in the first place, saying:
"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…"
And then, she writes something we really commend her for, something we really hope the rest of the housewives read and get a real sense of where she is coming from having lived in the Housewives bubble and then succeeding outside of it. She writes:
"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."
You hit the nail right on the head there, Dina. Couldn't have said it better ourselves.
In all of this, we just hope Dina and Caroline can make amends. Whatever is going on between them, all we can think about is Caroline once saying so famously that her family was a "thick as thieves" and that nothing could come between them. Sisters fight, no doubt, but they also should always make up. Hell, we even hope Teresa and Caroline make amends as well.
Can't we all just get along!!!
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