Dina Manzo

Dina explains why she was briefly on 'Team Danielle.'

on Jun 7, 20100

 

Who else is tired of talking about Danielle? I know I am, but some things need to be explained.

I am not going to comment on the actual face to face meet until next week, but I will talk about some of the things that brought me to this point. As you can clearly see, I was 'Team Danielle' for a while. I was genuinely, sincerely giving her a second chance. I even went up against my own family and friends to defend her here and there. I thought she was a broken person and if she was willing to try and fix it, who am I to not give her the benefit of the doubt? None of us is perfect, we are all growing every day.

My texts to Danielle were always those of encouragement when I saw that she may be slipping up and not staying in the positive. As I said in my last blog, we are all human and our emotions sometimes get the best of us. When I would see an interview that she did and she would bring up the past or say something negative, I would shoot her a quick email or text saying, "Don't do this, I believe in you." Even if she was making comments about my family, I was still trying to help her through this. I made it clear to her that I wasn't ready to be her friend and hang with her, but I was not her enemy either. All I ever wanted was for all of this nonsense to go away. I could honestly say I tried my best, but there comes a point when you just need to set your boundaries.

When I say that she did a few things to piss me off, I have to be honest, it was more than just a few little things. I think Jacqueline covered a lot of this in her past blogs. Discussing lies about the other Housewives on air with her "friends" was kinda a bad move. The list of petty BS like that goes on and on (and on). The petty stuff aggravated me, but it wasn't until she chose to once again involve my daughter in her drama that she really proved to me she hadn't changed at all. I made it VERY clear to her that she was to stay away from my daughter's family, where she had poked her nose before. She had agreed, and PROMISED me that she would. Well, what a surprise it was when I found out that she chose to FILM at my sister-in-law's salon and try to make them talk about her version of "what made Caroline cry" nonsense on air.

 

753 comments
James Jay
James Jay

think there is more to life than drama queens you are all as bad as each other you lot would love to see more jersey wives and family's because i think it is getting to fake now come on this is tv right how many times do this lot sit around a table drinking wine bitching about each other ,more family's more ladys and guys

donna bo bona
donna bo bona

I've had it ..quit showing the re runs...I wish you would show reruns of Bethany Getting Married ? DANIELLE has ruined Jersey...everytime she comes on I switch...it's just boring to hear her talk about what a victim she is....it's truly hard to watch..get her off !!

patricia Davis
patricia Davis

i really miss u on house wife but .i know u had to leave because of danielle drama who is grandma winkle

Mary R.N.
Mary R.N.

Dear Dina I was so sorry that you left the show, you are my favorite "Jersey" Housewife. I understand why you felt you had to leave because like myself you give people the benefit of a second chance when the circumstances might call for one. Danielle used your kindness for weakness as people like her usually do. This season she showed her true colors. She has gotten worse. All of these fears of your family and trying to tear apart your familial bond is evil. God Bless You and your Family.

mymamanemsay
mymamanemsay

I agree.. Danielle wants u and wants to b u.. This is all water under the bridge... Live your life.. God Bless

missy2
missy2

well! I would like to say u are very unstanding.That nices sometime people come in to your life because of a need.danielle's just need to be heard out!I know you try to but sometime you have to continue at lease one more time.I don't feel you need to leave the show because you are needed in the show.I don't see you as the other house wives!I feel you need your own show you fantastic.

Balto MD
Balto MD

Dina, I'm sorry that you had to leave the show under those circumstances. My favorite saying is, "GIVE THEM ENOUGH ROPE AND THEY WILL HANG THEMSELVES." Unfortunately, Danielle did not take your good advice. She mustn't believe in Karma, but she will when it comes back on her ten fold. I have gone through the same thing you are with 2 different people. When you think someone is there for you and you for them, and then you find out that they lie to you and try to sabotage other friendships, and lets not forget stab you in the back, it is time to part ways amicably and move on. I hope you find consolation, like I have, knowing that you will have the immediate relief from drama and worrying about the lies and let's not forget about any future problems they might decide to cause between you and other family members and friends. People like Danielle and the 2 people in my situation are driven by jealousy, insecurity, and their feeling of lack of being in control with their own lives. Therefore, they feel empowered only when they manage to or feel like they have isolated us and try to maintain some form of turmoil in our lives on a constant basis. They really get crazy and out of control when reality hits and they realize that they don't have the control and power over you. I had false allocations to the police and the courts made against me, tried to have my husband locked up, tried to turn my neighbors against us, and coerce us into confrontations. We were oblivion towards them which sometimes fueled the fire. Over time, they realized that their actions are not upsetting us. Karma - It didn't take long for everyone to find out that they are the cause of the problems. Best part, I didn't have to say a word. They did it to themselves. I Hope that if Danielle leaves the show, I have this feeling that she will eventually, you would consider returning. Good Luck.

Melinda Pollard
Melinda Pollard

Dina, I feel bad that you had to go through so much drama with Danielle. I do know how frustrating it can be- I have actually been in a situation like yours before- except not televised of course- I think that makes it even harder. I feel like Danielle was a bit obsessed with you and constantly making up drama and trying to make it look like you were jealous of her, which is crazy because you are gorgeous! I am so happy that you stood up to her and let her know that you no longer wanted her in your life and when you made the statement "Don't mistake my kindness for weakness" I loved that- I have had people mistake my kindness for weakness and try to walk all over me and I wish I had stood up for myself. I am in the process of getting a negative person out of my life because she brings me down constantly and I feel like she has so many similar characteristics to Danielle. I feel bad that you are leaving the show, but I also understand that you don't need the negativity in your life. You are an amazing person and I wish you the best!!

kellie iannucci
kellie iannucci

hi dina! my name is kel and iv watch ur show,well im italian after all. i think the same way u do in alot of ways,was wondering if u could help me find loving homes for my baby main coone kittens or just a simple asking to good animal loving people. i live in prov. r.i. and i dont trust the people to take care of such loving babies! they have only love for people and very playful with very gental hearts. if you want me to send you some pictures and videos,id b more than happy to do so. i no alot of people ask you ?'s but this may be a little more important than most. i take such good care of my babies and beleive me when i tell you,im not breeding them! i just hav a couple of litters ranging in age from 2 days old to six weeks old. p.s. i love your babies to,dont they make you so happy and content? yea,i know. xoxo

marchbaby
marchbaby

Hi Dina.I love the necklace you have worn the past two shows.I am assuming it is aquamarine stones.It is stunning.

shari  from montreal
shari from montreal

hi i just read you are leaving the show. what a great loss. as i live in canada, i havent seen the new season. i will wait till they arrive on my television. hope your future is as bright as you are . good luck and maybe we will see you again soon, bye.

Norma e. Garcia
Norma e. Garcia

Dina,I love all the ladies on the show but I must admit you were my favorite to watch. I love your attitude! I wish that WITCH would of left the show! YOU will be soo very missed!!!! Wish you and ur familia the best!!!

N.Garcia from Phx,Az

ramy28noodles
ramy28noodles

AS FAR AS YOU LEAVING THE SHOW ITS COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDABLE FAMILY FIRST AND THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED FROM ALL OF YOU EXCEPT 1 FANS ARE FANS AND I KNOW U LUV US AND WE ARE SUPPORTIVE BUT THERES NOTHING THAT COULD COMPARE TO FAMILY NOT ANYONE IN THE WORLD SO AS FAR AS SAD YEAH SURE IM SAD TO SEE U GO DISAPPOINTED NO WAY 1 MORE FINAL LESSON FROM MISS DINA MANZO "NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON YOUR FAMILY AND FAMILY ALWAYS COMES FIRST" BE KIND AND GENEROUS TO EVERYONE AT LEAST AS MUCH AS U CAN WERE NOT PERFECT WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES FORGIVENESS IS IN OUR HEARTS AS LONG AS WE LOOK FOR IT IT TAKES A STRONGER PERSON TO FORGIVE THAN TO HATE LOVE YOUR CHILDREN LOVE YOUR HUSBAND AND IF YOU ARE BLESSED IN ANY SITUATION GIVE BACK TO THE LESS FORTUNATE CUZ U NEVER KNOW IF THAT MAY BE U OR YOUR FAMILY ONE DAY THESE ARE ALL THE LESSONS IVE LEARNED FROM YOU MRS. DINA MANZO AND I WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART DISAPOINTED NEVER HAPPY WE HAVE LEARNED FROM YOU ABSOLUTLEY SO THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR LIFE WITH US FOR THE TIME YOU HAVE GOD BLESS YOU ROBIN HOOD =)

Anna123
Anna123

Dina,

I am sad that your leaving, but wish you all the best. Hope to still see from time to time when your visiting Caroline or Jaqualine. Also, in the begging of the second season I think you mentioned something about getting Jaqualine a fertility braclet I was wondering if you could tell me where you got it I would like to get it for my friend she has been trying for over 3 years to get pregnant, maybe this will help.Thanks !

Military spouse Viewer
Military spouse Viewer

Sorry to see you leave but I think we all understand why. Danielle needs to change and that is something she will never do. Too bad she was brought into the show. Great for ratings bad for real life.

Melody12
Melody12

I am sorry to see you leave the show. You are one classy lady and I have enjoyed watching you. Keep up the good work with Project Ladybug. Your positive attitude will be missed.

casey
casey

Dina...I am sorry to see you leave the show, but don't blame you at all. I would try to get myself as far away from Danielle and her troop of thick necks as I could too. You brought such a calmness and classiness to the show and you will be really missed. Hopefully, Caroline will get the chance to put Danielle in her place once and for all. I really wish Danielle was the one leaving, absolutely no one can stand her! Good luck to you and your charity. I think Gma Wrinkles is precious..Andy Cohen doesn't understand beauty, huh?!!

Linda Little
Linda Little

Will miss seeing you Dina your such a sweetheart. In fact the show is getting too raunchy with Danielle and I think it is time I stop watching. Take care an God Bless you and your family.

amandab1234
amandab1234

dina, ur so right. daniel is crazy and weird. i would stay far far away from her and your smart for cutting her out of your life. shes trashy.

Dinafan
Dinafan

Dina, you're beautiful and will be missed. But I understand your decision. I wish you happiness and peace.

phillip
phillip

dina i hate that you are leaving the show you are such a wonderful cast mate from what ive seen and i been watching both seasons i want you to know your an amazing person DINA YOU WILL BE MISSED

Roxy
Roxy

Dina... I respect you with the whole Danielle situation. You made it a point to get to know her yourself and make your own opinion. In addition, you met up with her by yourself without any bodyguards and were woman enough to tell he what you felt. It's a shame that you're the one leaving and not her. Wish you and your family the best!

zachy13
zachy13

I KNEW IT...I knew you were going to leave because of Cruella De ville........all I can say....I will miss ya.....and I wish you and your family all the best...Lexi looks beautiful...and I LOVE your cats......give Grandma Wrinkles a hug for me!!!! So sad in Texas......but I understand.........

RHFan1
RHFan1

Dina,

We'll miss you. Take care on your time away from the show! Best of Luck

Anessa
Anessa

Dina:

You will be missed. The show will not be the same without. All the best to you and hope you have peace from here on out.

Tara S.
Tara S.

Dina, are you really leaving the show? That sucks! You are by far my favorite housewife, and I just wanted to say that I am all the way Team Manzo! Danielle is insane, and you never did anything to her. Enough with her, though. I'm sad to see you go but understand why considering the craziness, and understand that you are a peaceful person that doesn't need to deal with drama. I will miss you on the show, you're a beautiful person inside and out, and God bless you and your daughter! Lots of Love!

#1 Jersey Girl
#1 Jersey Girl

Dina, you are a very positive person and I admire that! You don't let anyone put you down and that is something that *others* envy. Stay true to yourself and don't change who you are whether you're in front of the camera or not. Be the best!

Sara M
Sara M

Hi Dina,

I just wanted to say how proud I am of you and your family handling the whole Danielle situation. I come from an Italian family in NJ as well so I know how hard it is to keep our emotions in check. You are a wonderful role model for not only the young girls watching this show who are experiencing similar situations but for women everywhere. I believe your behavior and actions are those of a truly sincere, compassionate, and beneficent person with a beautiful soul. Your daughter is extremely blessed to have a mother as wonderful as you. I will be sad upon your departure from the show but I can't blame you. You have tolerated more than anyone could have ever and were still able to keep a smile on your face. I wish you and your family well and hope you can finally rid the negative (Danielle) from your lives. Smile Sara

wellmissyou
wellmissyou

You are so pretty...inside and out. I really admire you and believe you want the best for everyone. You have a great family too. I am sad you are leaving the show...but I think it is smart and the most positive choice. Stay true doll!

pug29
pug29

Dina you are great on the show! I love you and am so sad you and you family have to even be in the same state as Danielle! god is it just me or is is her plastic face growing!?!?

Steve In Seattle
Steve In Seattle

Dina,

You are so brave for confronting Danielle. We're very proud of you for standing your ground! You seem like a very sweet and awesome person.

I'm a lot like you......I'd give someone the shirt off of my back! You gave Danielle the benefit of the doubt and she spit on you. "Hurt me once, shame on you.....hurt me twice, shame on me........"

You're just awesome :) Say hi to Jacqueline :)

Cristina
Cristina

Dina I basically feel the same way as most of these comments. You are amazing and you will be missed. Danielle is a lunatic who needs some serious help. I'm happy for you that you decided to take yourself away from that negativity. I only wish that you stood up for youself a little more against Danielle. Maybe it was edited to look like that but I just wish you said more to shut that psycho up because someone needs to put her in her place! Best of luck with everything!!

cbrad742
cbrad742

Dina, I really don't get the purpose of your meeting. If you are done with the drama, then just walk away. Be done with it.

navin
navin

Hey you are an amazing person and a very beautiful person as well. I have grown to really like you and your family. What I don't understand is why come Danielle is so obsessed with your family. she really needs to go crawl up uner a rock and leave your family and you alone! The brownstone event was really crazy! I don't know what she was thinking. All she did was look like an ass on national t.v. with her fake body guard crew! well i hope i keep doing well.

allynelaine
allynelaine

Going to miss you on the show - you are the classiest of the bunch and the most honest and level-headed. I was so hoping it was DS that was leaving - but she's a narcissist - so I knew that would never happen. Good Luck - I admire you for having the guts to get this toxicity out of your life. (PS. My Tubby Tabby is going to miss Grandma Whiskers. Me too!)

Faithful viewer
Faithful viewer

Dina,

You are FAB-U-LOUS!! if you weren't, Danielle and others wouldn't be hating on you. The clothes, jewlery, shoes,and hair is PHENOMENAL! But whats truly apparent is your large heartedness, your compassion and empathy, it shines from you like a beacon of light. Continue to inspire and aspire to greatness.

maria_transplant_from_philly
maria_transplant_from_philly

When I first tuned in this season, I thought that it was just a gang-up on Danielle. And then... the brownstone episode happened. She's pathological, creating drama in her mind that leaks out of her skull and to the people around her. Even her children have better instincts about communication than she does. Viva La Children! And God help Danielle.

Joelle-CT
Joelle-CT

Dina - I love what your Lady Bug Foundation represents. If there is anything I can do to help, just ask. I was reading InStyle magazine (July 2010 Issue).On page 198, they show these adorable Kate Spade sandals, they have a rhinestone ladybug on the top, so cute! Thought you would like them.

AshleyScott
AshleyScott

Dina, I want to say how amazing you are as a person. No matter what is happening on the show you always appear in the highest of class. Thank you for showing people like Danielle who they should strive to be like. I hope life continues to bless you and your family. I also pray that one day Danielle will see "the Light." (shall we say?) :-)

njkitties
njkitties

You are definately my fav! You seem to be the most kind hearted woman, I don't blame you for leaving the show it's not in your charachter to surround yourself with such negativity (Danielle). I will miss seeing your kitties on the show - Best Wishes Dina!

Sofie
Sofie

Dina -- I just heard you've decided to leave the show. I don't blame you for wanting to rid your life of all the negative aspects. I'll miss you and your sweet kitties, but I wish you the best!

Will in TX
Will in TX

Dina, Luv you, Luv the show. Keep taking the high road! I respect the fact you at least attempted to meet with Danielle so there could be no misunderstandings. Hopefully, she is the one leaving the show tonight.

NapavalleyMoona
NapavalleyMoona

I just wanted to say I didn't like you the last two seasons but you are AMAZING this season and I love it. KEEP that attitude!

Fan 989
Fan 989

DINA! you are so fantastic! I truly think you are one of the most beautiful women i have ever seen. You are also such a stand up person, so kind and drama free. Lexi is so lucky to have you as a mother.

I want more Dina on the show

legsec
legsec

Dina, where did you find your rooster cake dome? I would love to have one. You have great taste! Thanks! =)

Crystal M.
Crystal M.

Hello there Dina! I just love the show. That Danielle needs to be put in her place! I would love to see your sister punch her out! It would be worth going to jail for! LOL!!!!!! Just playing, I dont want anyone to go to jail. Love the show and you all have friends here in the South! I am from Virginia and if New Jersey girls are like you all that is OK. Thanks for reading. Crystal:)

muzikcitymom
muzikcitymom

I admire you and all the great things you do for other people. Remember peace lies within. Sometimes our teachers are negative and we must learn to deal with negativity. Negative people will always surround your life but you must shine your light anyway. As much as we would like to cut them off we are not in control of their behaviors--only our reactions. Good Luck on your work with Ladybugs! You are as strong inside as you are on the outside. Keep being a great mom and live one day at a time in THE PRESENT.

Ediemurphin
Ediemurphin

Hi, Dina! I really enjoy you and Caroline on the show. Unfortunately, I am losing interest with the shows all about Danielle drama. If someone leaves, I hope it isn't you. But I understand why you want to avoid a train wreck if she continues.

malibujenn1
malibujenn1

you define the word classy. breath of fresh air! thank you for such amazing energy.