Dina Manzo spoke out about her family feud during part one of the RHONJ reunion and Manzo made it clear that her main problem is with her brother’s wife, Jacqueline Laurita.
“I kept my mouth shut for four years. Jacqueline opened the door by coming back on the show,” Dina explained. “Right now I don’t want to make a relationship with Jacqueline. I don’t and that’s okay. I’m a grown adult and can make decisions for what makes my life peaceful and I don’t like the chaos.”
Andy asked Dina if it is hard for her to watch the scenes with Nicholas.
“No,” Dina said. “He’s progressing and he’s so beautiful. He gets to be home and run around. The work that I doâ€¦ I see children in hospital beds, attached to machines, like he’s progressing… I think it’s a beautiful thing.”
Andy asks Dina if Jacqueline invited her over to meet Nicholas would she go.
“Probably not,” Dina says. “There’s nothing I can do to help Nicholas except to pray for him and love him. I’m not Mother Teresa. I can’t sit there and heal him. He just doesn’t know me. I have to say what hurts me more is my daughter. That’s her godfatherâ€¦ ”
After the footage was released, Jacqueline Laurita also took to Twitter to respond to what Dina said about her son late last week.
“Nicholas has worked VERY hard2meet many milestones over the years&continues2work hard every day!I’m grateful he’s had family2celebrate w/him,” Jacqueline tweeted. “My family doesn’t need Mother Teresa hands2heal my son,I just appreciate their loving support,understanding&encouragement along our journey!”
While the reunion was airing, Jacqueline tweeted, “I have no words.”
Dina’s sister Caroline Manzo was is also shocked by Dina’s behavior towards her nephew when she appeared on Watch What Happens Live after the reunion.
“The same little boy that she walked passed the other day at a party and how you can not take that baby and hug him and tell him you love himâ€¦ I don’t understand that,” Caroline said of Dina’s treatment of Nicholas. “I don’t care about TV, I don’t care what the papers say… I want my family back and I have done everything in my power to make that happen and so have the rest of usâ€¦ Dina has to grow up.”
After the drama played out on Bravo, Dina Manzo took to Twitter to clarify, “Anyone who is leading others to believe my “doesn’t understand” comment was about anything other than age should be ashamed of themselves.”
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