Dina Manzo Tells All- She Talks RHONJ, Family, & Teresa!

Dina Manzo is speaking out about All Things Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa and her family. Dina writes, “A lot of you are wondering why in the world I would film with Teresa after staying away from the housewives for so long. Let me first say that I’ve gone to every single one of Teresa’s parties that I’ve been invited to, most of which the cameras were NOT rolling.  When Teresa asked me to attend the fabellini launch my first question was “will there be cameras there?” She said yes, but you can come after they leave”…as I have done in the past. But that’s not where it ended…

What most of you don’t know and you can choose to believe this or not, but up until the night of the deck debacle and Teresa showed up at my doorstep crying, I had no idea that she was even fighting with Caroline and Jacqueline, that’s how much I stayed out of that bullshit and even after that night I had no idea of the extent of the hate until I watched it live with all of you.

Now back to the fabalini launch…I showed up 2  1/2 hours late hoping the cameras would already be gone (I know that it was naive of me) I was promised that I didn’t have to be mic’d at first, just show that I was there to support Teresa. When I arrived one of the producers took me aside and explained to me that Teresa was really taking a beating this season and needed some much needed “on air” support. As a friend I felt bad for her, as a human being I never like to see anyone standing alone (I was always that girl in the lunch room who went to sit with the loner in the corner of the cafeteria) It is also why I was so quick to forgive Danielle at the reunion. I don’t like when Everyone is against one person and I certainly don’t like to see this happen to someone I care about.

Teresa has always supported me and has especially always supported Project Ladybug. She has come to every charity event I have ever asked her to and never complained taking this time out of her crazy schedule to help me. At the time I was even under the impression she was doing celebrity apprentice for ladybug. In the end she chose another worthy foundation, was I disappointed at first??? Absolutely, but she explained to me how she met this beautiful little boy with a rare disease and it really hit home for her. Now how can I be mad at her for helping a sick child? I was proud of her for giving a foundation that i was told had no prior national exposure a platform. BUT I would be lying if I also didn’t feel a bit obligated to be there for her “on air” too because of this. I would cut off my right bubbie for these kids and one quick scene on housewives didn’t seem that bad at the time…Boy was I wrong, do not mix booze with raw emotions…let me first explain that 90% of our convo was about her brother and Melissa. That is where the “blood is thicker than water” comment came in. Think about it, does it make sense that Teresa would bring that up about her and Caroline’s relationship?? You guys are smarter than that…

Now from my understanding this scene was shot AFTER even the reunion and things with her brother was worse than ever. I was explaining to Teresa that blood is NOT always thicker than water when her brother has to get in bed with his WIFE every night and not her….and we all know (unfortunately) about Joe Gorga’s poison. Water wins in this case every time! TRUST ME. So here I am giving Teresa advice to just give her brother his space then she brings up my sister…did you see the look on my face? I was pissed but before you go getting mad at T I’m sure the producers convinced her this was a good idea, I could be mad at her but I understand the position she was in. I also understood via text from Jacqueline that I was a topic of not only season 3′s reunion that was just filmed but throughout season 4 as well. A part of me felt I should say my peace and I was pissed I was even brought up, I don’t know who did it and at this point I don’t even care.I had also had a few fabellinis on an empty stomach after a LONG day of shooting for HGTV and there was a lot of hurt off camera with my family who is on the show.  So I went ahead and said how I felt about the joke in the book. Do I regret talking about it on camera? Was it wrong of me?? Yes yes yes… But it’s done and I can’t take it back. I should have walked away but I didn’t. I do feel that this book nonsense is all that -nonsense…but I regret talking about it on film.

Ok… It’s now Sunday night, I wrote this before I saw the last reunion tonight…I still feel the same about regretting filming but I DO NOT feel bad about defending Teresa, I know what it’s like to be on the other end of an attack like this and I don’t think it’s cool. She had nothing to do with my issues with my family in fact as I said before my issues stem back all the way from season 1. Teresa and the girls were buddy buddy up until last year, so please stop saying I chose her over my family…it’s really annoying. I would also like to say that I have 11 siblings…my family does not consist of just who is on this show and yes I do talk to the other 9 and I’m quite close to many of them and my parents. So enough with thinking I will die alone please…

I will publicly say I think they ALL handled this wrong…I begged some of the players (I won’t go into who) to just respond with kindness and all this will end. But I understand how emotions can get the best of you…they did tonight after I watched the show. I do wish all this could end, I don’t like seeing people especially WOMEN fight like this. If you can’t get along with someone or you feel that they just don’t like you…JUST STAY AWAY. Well at least that’s what works for me, you can completely FORGIVE people for how they treated you but it doesn’t mean you have to go back for more. Do you guys get it??? Thanks for listening~ Peace out.”

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  • Bethie

    Wow! Dina’s issues started with her brother and sister over this show. I wish she, along with the other two could let that go. This show is ruining friendships and families. I don’t believe for a second she is upset with her family over Teresa, although, I do believe her when she says she feels bad for someone who is being ganged up on. I saw that season 1. And her sister could have cared less. Jacqueline even said, “you know how Dina is”, as if it was a bad thing. Forgiveness is never wrong. If only so someone can live a fuller healthier life with their self, you need to forgive.
    That said, I would bet Jacqueline is behind this entire war between Chris, Caroline and Dina. She is a gossiping heifer, and I would bet the bank that she text Dina something hurtful that she heard Caroline say, or knew that Caro did. Also, you notice how Dina said she support support supports Teresa, and that Teresa has ALWAYS supported her without complaining. I take it she can’t say the same for her family. And that, I feel, is evident in these women. People who act all goody goody are usually not. It’s the ones that are open, and let all their flaws hang out that will step up and give you the shirt off their backs. That being Teresa. I, as many do, have enough life experience to know that people who talk talk talk about right vs wrong all the time are better at pointing it out than they are at living it.

    Anyway, I adore Dina. She is human, she is flawed, like all of us. But she is honest. I would rather support an openly flawed person any day than a phony who puts on a good show.

  • bbc

    I don’t know if that woman is untruthful or delusional! I feel sorrier for her family than almost anyone else on the show. She behaves and “talks” like a complete narcissist. Everything is from her perspective. She seems incapable of taking someone else’s perspective.

  • trishia

    Dina is real. Caroline and Jacqueline are jealous haters. Teresa is s go getter and compassionate about succeeding I love her drive and endurance

  • Karon

    Dina, aren’t you so holier than thou? You need to give it a rest. What on earth HGTV sees in you, is beyond me. I watched one episode of your crappy little show. What you know about Texas could fit on the head of a pin. You are a condescending bitch. Why don’t you do some research before you portray us all as a bunch of hayseed hicks. We don’t walk around in cowboy hats, sitting on hay bales, chewing on straw as we walk with our toes pointing east and west.

    If you use this additude towards your family, no wonder they don’t want to be around you. Get a clue

    • karen

      Look who talks about attitude and being condescending. You’re making us Texans look bad.

  • deb

    Dina needs to wake up! She choose a friend over family! She has such a ‘I’m such an angel and so Good” way about her that it is just sickening! She didn’t want to be on the show yet she insinuates herself into it every chance she gets! I think she is jealous of Caroline and her family and their popularity. How many shows is she going to fail at before she takes the hint that no one wants to see her on TV!!!

  • Nea

    Did you notice how she tried to throw Jacqueline under the bus. I don’t believe it. Why would Jacqueline text her when she doesn’t acknowledge Jacqueline’s son??? Dina is so calculated. The truth doesnt need a defense!