The RHONJ star opens up about her return to the show.

May 20 - The Dish

After a long absence from Real Housewives of New Jersey, Dina Manzo is back in the fold with the women for Season 6, which premieres July 13 at 8p ET/PT.

So how does she feel about joining the group once again? "I'm starting a new chapter of my life, it's like I'm 18-years-old again," Dina tells the Dish. "A lot has been going on in my life. It feels good to be back. But you'll have to watch the season to [see what's changed]. There's a lot."

One big thing that's happened: Dina split from her husband Tommy in 2013. And she's opened up about how hard it's been to adjust. "We're just separated [but] we live together," she told Bethenny Frankel on her talk show in January.

Despite the drama with her marriage, Dina reveals that becoming BFFs with Teresa Giudice once again was one of the biggest upsides. "It's great hanging out with Tre again," she says. "We never stopped being friends. We just drifted apart a little bit, so it's fun being with her again."

As for becoming close with the three new additions to the show—Nicole Napolitano, Amber Marchese, and Teresa Aprea—Dina says, "I like the new girls. They bring a lot of energy."

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