Thank you for this opportunity to be heard by each and every one of you! Thank you for your time and patience! Thank you for your continued outpouring of love and support to my children and myself! Thank you mostly to all of you for paying close attention to my pain, my words, my experiences and my life! Thank you for telling me openly how you relate to me. Thank you for coming up to me in public and feeling comfortable with me and opening up to me and telling me how much my girls and I mean to you!
Thank you to my entire community of gay friends who have given me something to look forward to, and who understand that I, much like them, should not be judged so quickly by others. We are all human and need love. Each one of us was important enough to be born. We all have purpose, we all fit in, we all make a difference! You are my dear friends and all of you know it too!
I go to mass every Sunday. I receive renewed blessings from receiving Holy Communion, the body of Christ and wine, the blood. No offense, but I am not evil. I am forgiven by the highest powers from above. I have hurt those who I love and who love me and they have forgiven me. Why is it that those who are indeed not my superiors in spirit or in life are so harshly prosecuting me? They are not the Holy Spirit, God, the Giver of Life. They are human just like me. I want everyone to get along and be positive forces in life. So many are looking to us for guidance now. It's time to make a difference in life.
I sat with my daughters simply to show them some modeling photos from past and then some more recent pictures I call my celebration years, because I was in my mid 30’s and gained 62 pounds while I was pregnant with Jillian. I was simply showing them a picture of me 11 weeks after giving birth and I was in good shape at the time. I had a FEMALE personal trainer my husband had found me - 1993 Ms Olympia. She trained me for 6 months and was the ONLY trainer I ever had. She was amazing - she taught me how to properly tone, but for the pictures I was pretty built up and cut up and that was the reason my daughter Christine said that's scary and they both gasped. I would never show my children inappropriate photos. My kids are proud of me and we are all very close. As you can see by example my children are well-adjusted incredible people who are both excellent STUDENTS and excellent ATHLETES. I am so proud of them. I know they can be anything they want to be, because they understand the reality life. They know nothing will be EVER be handed to them, and if they want something, they know to just GO achieve it for themselves. The accomplishment of doing it yourself is much more fulfilling!! They know because when they get their A’s they did that on their own. All I did was believe in them and provide the proper support and study materials. The rest was them and they know it! They are my world!
It doesn't matter who said what or did what... it was totally inappropriate to ruin someone else's dinner party.
Keep up on being a great mom and don't worry about being judge by other people. Make sure that your girls feel safe when you bring different people around them and help them be proud of you! Wishing you the best in life.
You really should apologize to Theresa for interupting her dinner party. If you wanted to clear the air, you should have set up a meeting but absolutely not at a dinner party that is ruined for the person who invited you and your family. You were very inappropriate, childish, and rude to bring that up at a public dinner party that included children and people that had nothing to do with the situation. You ruined people's dinner that weren't even involved and that was rude.
Wow, I cannot BELIEVE that you bought the book to a FAMILY dinner! You could have at least called them individually. Theresa should have smacked the hell outta you with that table for you being such a dumbass!
LOVED!!! the way you handled your self... with class.... Dina was mortified when she got blasted on her lies!!!!!
The dinner party was not the right time to bring out the book. However, the other women's response was ridiculous... they should be embarrassed except for Jaqueline. Your care for your daughters shines - this is a good enough metric of your progression... you've obviously learned from your mistakes. Congratulations!
I support you and think you are an UNBELIEVABLY classy, beautiful woman. Only women with too little to occupy their minds take the time to care about the history of their "friends". EVERYone has a past. Celebrities have no choice but to have it all exposed. I'm so sorry that it caused you physical and emotional stress. I hope you know how many women out there have felt the same way during hard, hard times in their lives. Somehow...YOU endured it and look great. What are you, 33 years old??? of COURSE the other older women are going to be jealous of you. :) be strong!
You are by far the ONLY reason I continue to watch this show. Please continue to be the woman that you are. Do not allow any of those fake people to distort the person you have become. I applaud for speaking out and taking up for you. BEST WISHES in all of your future endeavors.
You did the right thing !! those bitches spoke alot of shit and they needed to be stopped ......more power to u girl
WHAT IN THE WORLD WERE YOU THINKING, BEING ON A SHOW WHERE EVERYONE IS AGAINST YOU!!!!! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. THERE ARE SHADY THINGS IN MY PAST THAT I WOULD NEVER WANT REVEALED....UNLESS OF COURSE I WROTE THE BOOK!!!! I APPRECIATE YOUR COURAGE TO STAND UP TO THE NEW JERSEY MAFIA FAMILY. I HAVE HAD TO DO SIMILAR THINGS IN MY LIFE. KEEP YOUR CHIN UP!!!! LOVE YA LOADS
daniele you get my respect any day of the week you did what was right those girls invited you to make a fool out of you and you called thier bluff they all had it in for you and the fact that ms boobies turned her back on you shows she has no class, dina and theresa will never change they are peas in a pod they had no business digging up your business you never did anything to harm them and you were nothing but nice to them but it shows that theresa and dina did not come from money like they said and it shows money cannot buy class. You called thier bluff and you made Jacq call Dina out and that is what she is a liar.
Danielle...I think you are really cool...and you carried this episode. I'm your number one fan. I think you are fabulous. Who cares about a stupid book. The only thing I would have done differently is ...girl...you should have kicked caroline's ass. Who is she...Tony Soprano? "In our family we are as thick as thieves" oh my goodness!!! Who talks like that? And Dina...she's a cop out.
Danielle....my heart goes out to you,loved the idea of you bringing the book....they were all scared from the looks on their faces.Also have respect for Jacqueline....she stood up for you,God bless her heart.
Girl, you are brave. To go up against that family at their dinner party took a lot of "balls." I commend you.
Dina lied because earlier she said she told her family and close friends.
Jacqueline is my hero - her and her husband.
I also commend the men for staying out of it except Jackie's husband at the end - saying the right thing.
EVERYONE has skeletons!!! EVERYONE. We do stupid things when we're young. Unfortunately, they come back to haunt us. You should get dirt on Dina and post it up at her daughters' high school. i'm sure her husband is cheating on her. He's never around. JK, don't fight fire with fire. But next time, don't respect Theresa's house like that. Leave the drama for another time. That's what Theresa should have been upset with you about. I still don't understand why she flipped the table over? Talk about Crazy b&t^H!
Danielle, you are stunning! You love your kids, you're smoking hot, and best of all you stuck up for the gays when Teresa's guido husband was talking s**t. Everyone has regrets from their past, but luckily most of us don't have to deal with having our dirty laundry aired on television. Good for you for being a strong and unapologetic woman!
Kudos to you! I am glad you faced all of them at once to observe the body language and eye contact to see who the real liars were. It was very diagnostic. I am so glad you sat back and let them hang themselves after you voiced your feelings. Bravo to you for being so brave and confronting them head on! Continue to handle this with grace and keep your chin up. This too shall pass.
Danielle, Just wanted you to know how much I support you. Many of us made mistakes 20-25 years ago. We learn from them and we move on. Unfortunatly your over indulgent cast couldn't get over that. You seem to be a wonderful mother and your kids adore you. We all make mistakes, we grow, we move on. Yea for you!! Can't say I agree in any of your lifestyles (overindulgence- I will take my suburban life any day over that!) but hang in there.
I am so proud of you!!!! It was so disheartening to hear what some of the other castmates were saying behind your back in regards to "the book". The fact of the matter is, everyone has a past. We all learn from the mistakes we make in life. There is nothing to be ashamed of. I was so proud that you brought the book with you to Teresa's dinner party to clear the air and get to the truth. I was so eleated that Jacquelene stood up for you as well b/c she truly is a good and real friend. People who feel it's necessary to bring others down, be nasty to them, start rumors, etc...Forget them, they're insecure!!! You need to continue to be around positive people and friends, who you know you can trust and will be loyal to you. I wish you the best in all of your endeavors and am so proud you stuck up for yourself.
First of all, how dare you even mention anything about calling you names in front of your children when she explicitly said that she did not want the children in the room. How can you hold yourself on such a high horse when these people were willing to put their feelings asaid to let you join them for dinner? And how tacky of you to bring out that book during a sit down dinner, couldn't you have waited for a more appropriate time to confronate them? You keep putting yourself as a victim, but it is always you who has to bring up the issues, Dina did not bring the book out during dinner, but you did. You are a horrible excuse for a women and a mother. If you really did not care what any of those women though about you, then you would have not cared so much about the book.
YOU GO GIRL! Watching that cracked me up. You put everyone in their place. Even the host, Teresa. The looks on their faces were priceless. They should have nothing but apologizes and respect for you after that. At first, I wasn't sure you should have left your girls in the room, but they were able to see what a strong mother they have. Danielle you went to bat for your girls and yourself. I am sure you walked out of that dinner with your head up high. Jacqueline is a true friend, and stood up to her family for you. She went to bat for you. That's a friend. I feel that you exposed the sisters on TV, put them right out there because they know that they would be the talk of the town. My advise to you Danielle, is to feed them with a LONG HANDED SPOON.
MWAH!!!! Job well done!
Hi Danielle I think you are a very good person. People need to mind their own business and don't judge people cause only God can judge. Everyone has done things in their past that they are not proud of but you have seemed to turn your life around by the grace of God. I don't understand why they would spread that book around, the only reason I can think of... maybe they were jealous of jacqueline hanging out with you!! that's crazy stay being true to yourself. when you pulled the book out I was like yeah! cause you really got a chance to stand up for yourself!!!
When I first saw you on the show I thought you were a tad full of yourself, a bit crazy and a little different! Over the time of the show I see you are a real women with some problems that aren't as basic as maybe mine.
I feel so bad for you because it's not like the "book" was brought out in front of a few people, everyone who watches your show see's it. What those women did is sickening! Take it with a grain of salt. You seem so damn lonely, like your chasing someone to be your best pal! DON'T! Your a wonderful women and you have great friends out there you haven't met yet. Jacqueline seems like a wonderful down to earth women. I hope you both stay friends.
Not everyone can like you, you are lively and fun, women are just bitches HAHAH.
All I have to say is, you go girl!!!!!
Loved you on the today show! Loved that you had the balls to bring 'the book' and confront everyone. Lol...so truly showed us the true colors of your castmates. You go girl! Stay strong!
Forgot to add to my last post- Be kinder than necessary- everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
I don't agree what you did....that was a family dinner and you shouldn't have brought the book out at that moment with the kids around etc. of course everyone's tempers flare especially when you insult their intellence. Teresa is a good person and you had agenda so take ownership of what you expected to come from that encounter. Did you expect a "Kumbuya moment" where everyone ends the dinner in hugs? You confronted Dina in front of her family. Jacqueline did the right thing by telling the truth and I respect her for that but you put your friend in a very compromising position by pulling that book out.
I wish you all the best Danielle and you are right, people love a scandal but sometimes it's best to not acknowledge that rumors and kill with kindness....you make more friends with honey rather than vinegar....
Best wishes in your future, you girls are beautiful...write some books and take advantage of this fame so that you can feel that YOU can "choose" the right man for you...not the other way around ;)
Danielle I just finished watching the last episode and it was stressful. While it is all right to set things straight, there is a time and place for everything. If it was me, I would not have brought the book there, and enjoyed time with them, even though deep inside you felt that some of them were 'fake' and not real. To me sharing dinner with someone is an intimate thing to do and honesty therefore is very important. To sit with fake people to start with, I would have avoided that completely. But having said that, your past belongs to you and no one has the right to judge you for anything that was done either yesterday or 25 years ago. The minute we open our mouth and say something, it belongs to the past. Forgive these people for all the pain they caused you, and do not try to prove yourself to them. you know who you are and that is what matters the most. People's opinion is not important and a book can take whatever you write in it, whether it is true or false, one needs to dig deeper and find out if the contents are reflecting the truth and even at that point, no one should judge you or anybody else. So forget that book, forget these people, and build your life on more important values.. you have two gorgeous well behaved kids who are not spoilt brats like the other kids.. so you are very lucky. Good luck.
I didn't read your full blog, but what i want to know is why did you have to bring the "book" to Theresa's dinner party. It was not the time nor place. You started in with such vengence and the whole place erupted. I think you really owe Theresa an apology (and Joe too). I really don't think you are telling the truth most of the time. I hope you calm down if they invite you back (if you have another season). Why are there only 5 episodes? All of the other city's were much longer.
Danielle- your daughter Jillian's giggle is too cute for words- you have raised two composed, educated, confident and intelligent women ON YOUR OWN and in my opinion you are a GREAT role model for women, single mothers and ALL the women who have been violated by men and peers alike! Way to keep your head up and defend yourself you did great!
You are a class act, you handle the dinner like a lady and all of the frustration came because they were all caught up in one web of rumor and gossip, LIES.....You are much better without that family,I think Jaqueline and her husband are awesome friends to you, and that is all you should take from this ,you keep doing right by your girls and you will be fine don't change anything about you it is what make you so strong..."When I am attacked I will attack back"...I absolutely love it...
I think that Danielle did have the right to confront everyone about the book. People do have the ability to change and no one is perfect.
TEAM DANIELLE!!!! LOVE YOU! you are a sweet mom with a good heart and a loving person. you deserve all the support you are getting. can't wait to read your book!
Danielle, we all have skeletons. that sin't who we are, just what makes us stronger. one thing I have learned is that i dont have the family that jacqueline,theresa,caroline and dina have that IS something to be admired. because we don't have that and have had our past mistakes exposed, we don't get it. try to get it though. try to imagine what's it's like to have more than one persosn in our corner, sticking up for us NO MATTER WHAT!!! maybe then you will get caroline,theresa and yes, even dina. dosnt mean you will be their best friend, but you will understand it and then embrace it. you are a tough cookie, don't let them get you down. you could only wish for your 2 daughters to stand up for each other as thick as that family does....I know I wish that for my children. . Ex's, their a nightmare!!!!!
I think that you had absolutely no obligation to speak to any of the other cast mates concerning your past. What happened in your past is your business to share with whomever you choose.It is sad that Dina felt the need to dig into your past and expose the lies that were written about you. She obviously feels threatened by you and has nothing better to do with her time.
Bravo, I am so proud of you! You were very classy, didn't buckle, nor pinned Jacqueline for support (she chose to stand for what was right). You grew through these 6 episodes. It makes me proud to see another woman grow like you did.
You've come a long way baby! Everything happens in life to make us what we are today. You have beautiful well behaved, loving children. That speaks volumes. Good luck in all you do.
We love you, stay strong and tell the rest to go to hell. You owe them nothing, your life is yours not theirs.
I think as awkward as it was to bring the book out at dinner, you did the right thing. It was the elephant in the room. You handled yourself very well. Best to you.
Hold your head up high! Nobody has the right to judge. They are just haters! Wish you and daughters only the best!
Danielle, Danielle, Danielle...
I Love you so much but you have to learn to put a sock in it when you NEED to!!! Say this to yourself every morning..."RISE ABOVE THE BS"
I to have a bit of scandal in my past, but the more I act with grace and class, the more respect I demand. WITHOUT SAYING A WORD GIRL!
The book was a mistake at THAT particular moment. Everything was going well, you were being included in personal funny boobie banter...not the time.
I know you feel misunderstood, but just when you need friends around you at a difficult time in your life, don't expect the mail man to ring twice hon!
Wish I could give you a hug.
I think you did the right thing. I’m sure Caroline and her little sis have something from their past too. Nobody is a saint in this world. Who are they to treat you like that? They even make a meeting exclusively for talk about you. Definitely you don’t need friends like that. I'm glad Jacqueline said the truth in their face. I wish you luck finding your soul mate. I think you are honest when you said you want somebody with money. Not like other girls who don’t say it, but are hunting for one. There’s nothing wrong with that. If any of the other RH were divorced I’m sure they were looking the same, because all of you are used to that kind of life.
I loved the way you stood up for yourself at the dinner party and you get an A in dramatic effect the way you whipped that book out--that was real slick.
If anyone came out the winner during the finale showdown, it was you. You were aggressive but poised. Dina is a liar and needs her sister to fight her battles. I like Caroline, but she seemed to back down after realizing you were not to be intimidated by her.
Teresa is just an idiot and behaved like a cray woman.
Your girls are beautiful and seem to be well adjusted.
Good luck to you!
Danielle, you're a strong woman with a checkered past. You seem to be respectful of people generally. And I am glad that you do seem to be very free with compliments.
But something bothers me.
I'm a pretty easy going person, and while the revelation of the book at the dinner made for good TV, I gotta say you went about it the wrong way. Things were going very well, and I do think you could have brought the Manzos aside, away from the festive environment, and talked about it then. Also, when you went to explain the book, your tone of voice was interrogatory, and frankly, it shouldn't have been. It's only natural for someone to be skeptical if rumors like that are spread, and if you're looking to address the book head on, then do it with an open mind. If you approach people with an open mind, they'll extend their hand right back at you, even the Manzos would.
I love you Dina. You are cool and collect yet fun. I think it is a great career to take care of your family. It is a blessing and privilege to be able to stay at home.