Although Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dolores Catania is no longer married to her husband Frank, it sometimes feels like they are still together. Frank still manages his ex-wife’s finances and they still own businesses together. Now, Dolores is explaining the complicated dynamic of their relationship in a new interview.
“Actually, there are a lot of men claiming their wives or girlfriends made them watch the show who come up to my ex husband to praise how we’ve been able to divorce so amicably,” Dolores said during a recent interview published on The Huffington Post’s Blogs section. “And women come to me and ask about this, but Frank has really gotten that question and been recognized.”
Dolores was briefly engaged to someone else, but it didn’t work out. “It never works out when a new partner does not understand the dynamics between Frank and myself,” she explained. “Frank has been with his wonderful girlfriend for 12 years now and the relationship we have is great. If she can’t go somewhere with him, she’ll ask me if I’d like to attend because she completely understands it’s a friendship of 2 people who will always have kids they share [Gabrielle and Frankie]. His girlfriend not only accepts that there’s a family but she embraces it and we all have a good dynamic – all around.”
“Frank and I are not married and obviously not involved beyond being good friends and co-parents as well as partners in business,” she explained. “He called this morning to see how I’m doing & I sent him a pic of my butt because I just had work done yesterday – but this is completely normal for us.”
But it did take some time to rebuild their relationship after their marriage ended. “We had a very difficult time years ago and I had a lot of pain and anger to deal with. I mean, he cheated (he is not with that woman now, Thank God) and ended up leaving us right before I was supposed to give birth,” Dolores said. “It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears but we were able to work it out. It certainly wasn’t always easy or anything like it looks now.”
She also addressed concerns that she appears financially dependent on her ex. “It’s actually always been a reciprocal thing with finances and we have helped each other. When one of us is up, the other has been down,” she said. “Basically, Frank and I have always found ways to support one another since we have been divorced, and essentially, since we’ve both been single parents.”
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