Caroline Manzo

Caroline has faith that Ashley can change.

on Aug 14, 2011

Lauren and I have an extraordinary relationship. We’re very close and spend a lot of time together. We talk about everything, and she generally takes my advice to heart with one exception, her weight. I have to be honest, I understand where she’s coming from. It’s so easy for me to say to her, “You can do it, Lauren,” when I never had to worry about my weight (until recently). When I talk about my weight issues, I speak from the mind of a confident adult; I don’t speak from years of feeling less than adequate as a teenager and young adult. It breaks my heart to hear Lauren say that she doesn’t like herself. Over the years we have had many discussions on self-image and confidence, and as hard as I try, and no matter how many times I tell her how beautiful she is, Lauren doesn’t believe it. The crazy thing is in every other aspect of her life she is very confident and strong. Thank God for Jacqueline, she relates to Lauren regarding body image and has been a tremendous, positive influence on her. I will love her forever for that. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jacqueline for picking up the slack for me, I owe you one. Xoxo!
On a lighter note, how fantastic was that gym scene? We had more laughs while filming that than anything else. I cannot express in words how much I love spending time with the kids; they make me laugh and keep me young. I said it then, and I’ll say it now -- kickboxing and I do not get along.  Bring me my treadmill, now that’s true love.