Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Roughing It

Dina talks plastic surgery, tough career decisions, and life post-divorce.


Hi everyone!
Before I go into episode three, I just want to make it understood that we are not able to respond to your questions and comments below. I don’t want anyone to think that I am not answering your individual questions. If you have Facebook you can friend me at Dina Manzo-rhonj and I try my best to get back to everyone. Don’t stop commenting on here too! Thanks!

I have to say writing this blog I am in a somber mood. I just came from the funeral of a family friend and also one of our “Ladybugs” at the hospital is a little under the weather, so if I am a little serious, I hope you understand.

Let me start by asking all of you if you LOVE Teresa as much as I do? How freakin’ cute is she and her daughters? I swear, even talking about that girl puts me in a better mood. I hope it’s obvious to everyone that any child would get tired after awhile of doing ANYTHING. Gia loves nothing more than getting her picture taken.

Our family has been right there through Jacqueline’s struggle to have another baby. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome our new nephew into the world in a few weeks. I am sure the little man will be as adorable as his big brother CJ.

My niece Lauren is a riot. I am right there with her with the skeeve factor of waxing. I am glad that she found her niche and I am sure she will be great in the beauty business. Her aunts alone will keep her busy.

My brother Jaime who appeared in the show this week is me with a pee-pee. Or should I say I am him with “bubbies.” We are both crazy perfectionists that are REALLY good at what we do. We get each other and I have a blast working with him. The end result is nothing but perfection…every time.

This past summer was a tough one for me. During filming I found myself constantly in a state of stress. I think that is ONE of the reasons why I may come off as bitchy. My career was at an all time high and I was really unsure if what I had worked for all these years was worth it. My daughter is my everything - I love being her mother and I love my husband and adore my role as a wife. I know some people may have a problem with the fact that I am questioning my career. The truth of the matter is I have to follow my heart and do what feels right for my family and me. I have to live by my own definition of success. You will have to watch what happens!

I attended Danielle’s party to support Jacqueline. Danielle is her friend and I went for her. I have to apologize a bit for that comment I made about Danielle - it was rude. I think it may have had something to do with the thousand-degree room and all the wine I had to drink to cool myself off. Normally, I don’t drink and the combination of an empty stomach, a hot sweaty room and too much cheap wine will bring the obnoxious out of anyone. We were all being silly.

That doesn’t excuse my behavior though, so I apologize. Not sure though why Danielle could put it out there and talk the way she does, but we are not allowed to joke about it. I told you it’s my sense of humor that gets me in trouble.

I thought it was quite BIG, and I’m not just talking about my ass, (according to Danielle) of me to attend in the first place. As I said on the show, I’m not looking to fight with the girl.

I just really want all this drama to go away and if not for the show, I wouldn’t be near her at all. I don’t think I am better than her, I am just not a confrontational person and I HATE catty nonsense and DRAMA. HATE IT. She seems to thrive on it.

By the way, MY LIPS ARE 100% real. I have never gotten them injected, EVER. These things weren’t always in style...LOL. I was teased a lot as a young girl and to this day I am still self-conscious about them. I will post my high school picture on Bravo’s site to prove it. Unless a 17 yr old 20 years ago was getting injections, someone is a liar. That is just the beginning of what Danielle THINKS she knows about me. The girl knows nothing, other than the fact that I can be a wise ass at times and I wear my heart on my sleeve. If I don’t like you, unfortunately you're going to sense it. I just can’t be fake, and believe me I have tried. I actually find it a flaw in my personality. I wish I could be phony sometimes…life would just be easier.

My daughter Lexi and I have a special relationship. We have always been side by side roughing things out together. I have to make it perfectly clear that my husband didn’t pull us out of the gutter. I chose to live with my sister after divorcing Lexi’s father so I could work as much as I could and save enough money to buy a house for us. I didn’t want to rent because I had to pay for Lexi’s school and buy a car. It also really helped to have family around during such a difficult time. Of course my parents welcomed us back home, but I feared I would get too comfortable there. My father has worked so hard his entire life to support my mother and their 11 children and we always had everything we needed and more. I only hope I am half the parent they were to us in every way.

I lived with Caroline for almost 3 years after my divorce. Working two jobs I was able to keep my daughter in private school, bought myself an adorable Jeep and was about to buy a house, and then along came Tommy. Several men with A LOT more money than my husband wanted to date me at the time, but I happened to fall in love with Tommy Manzo. So for Danielle to think that I am looking down at her for being in a position that she feels I was in not long ago holds no truth. I may have been in the same place, but I handled things a lot differently. I believe I was blessed in the end to find someone to love and to take care of Lexi and me.

As I said, I am in a serious state of mind right now and this catty nonsense is just that - NONSENSE. Losing a loved one, a child battling cancer...those are real things to pay attention to.
xoxo~ Dina

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Dina Manzo opens up about her comments regarding her family and why she kept quiet for Teresa Giudice.

This reunion was very hard to watch. What most of you don't know is I went in there with the intention of keeping silent on my family issues, as I have for the past four years. An incident happened at the reunion, and I won't even give that person the attention they crave, but it set me off to tell my truth. Well some of it at least. I felt I was very P.C. this whole time, but now I had enough. Some people will push you because they know deep down inside you won't push back, but being "zen" is all about setting boundaries, and learning that has been part of my spiritual path. 

I don't want to go into much other than saying my answer about Nic came out very cold because there was more to it. I wish it were that easy to get to know him, but unfortunately it's not because of my relationship with his mother, and I'm just being honest. He is not missing me nor does he know what is going on with this family because of NOTHING more than his age. Anyone who is trying to make people think otherwise, especially his mother, should be ashamed of themselves. The Mother Theresa comment was about people comparing how I raise money for children with cancer yet don't help him. I went on to say how blessed my brother is to live in a county in New Jersey that people actually move to for the autism programs offered. How I see joy in him because of the progress he is making. He is a happy, beautiful child that is on his way to recovery, and although I know it's a struggle for parents of children on the spectrum, there is NOTHING wrong with seeing joy in them instead of sorrow. I appreciate all the parents of children with autism for their emails, tweets, etc. understanding and APPRECIATING that I see Nic as a 4 year old beautiful boy and not labeling him as anything other than that.

Kathy and Melissa should not have challenged me about "family values" if they don't want to hear my side. I kept quiet for the most part for TERESA, not wanting to bring up old wounds when she was dealing with so much around her sentencing. It was a hard position for me to be in. 

I have no words for my sister on WWHL. She could have answered the no engagement question and left it at that. The lies that followed after were extremely hurtful and must have come from the sheer frustration of having to defend her position on the engagement party. All of you have seen I have ONLY ever said positive things about her no matter what I was feeling. 

Please take a moment to watch this video I made on my truth about it all. I will post all the details on my look next week, but you can get to everyone involved -- from hair to dress  -- on my Instagram post on Sunday. Speaking of Instagram, I invite you to join me on a post a day for the month of November to share what you are thankful for. Showing gratitude for what you have in life just allows the universe to send you more to be thankful for! Trust me, it works!

Sending lots of love, 

Dina xo