Caroline Manzo

Caroline is proud of Albie's work ethic, but thinks he needs to find time for fun.

on Aug 5, 20130

When I stopped by Albie's apartment to talk to him, he mentioned that he was worried about me and Al. Again, relax! I remember when Albie was younger, we would go into the city every now and again without Al for lunch, etc. This kid would actually hold my hand and look after me as if I was the child and he was the adult. All three of my kids are fiercely protective over me, and I love them for it. However, there's a difference of being protective and living your life in fear of a "maybe."



I've told Albie more times than I can count that God forbid his father predeceases me, there's nothing he or anyone else can do for me. Al and I have always lived within our means, saved, and invested carefully. We have life insurance policies in place for each of us and a home that is nearly paid for. The bottom line is this -- I will be a very wealthy woman with a shattered heart. Money can't fix that. Having my children around me healthy and happy is what I will need then. Everything else has been carefully thought out and prepared for. Ugh, I hate this discussion, let's end it.

144 comments
dealioj
dealioj

Hi Caroline. Don't let these idiot viewers break your confidence. You are a great role model for everyone.I learned a few things from watching you. I'd love to have a friend like you. Your kids are awesome and you did a great job raising them. I finally have BLK water in my store. GIANT in Levittown, Pa. The only problem is its 2.00 a bottle. Double the competitors price. I will buy a bottle this weekend and fill everyone in on how it tastes. The bottle looks cool and it basically states its to  relieve you from a hangover. I'm sure once it starts selling it will lower a bit in price. 

Good job to the boys on this and I'll be checking back in a few days maybe even tonight to let you know my thoughts on it. You're the best Caroline keep your chin up and ignore the negative viewers.

gamesgirls
gamesgirls

A very strong proud woman... I see you as a role model.

catherinem
catherinem

I think "Big Al" is just reflecting the frustration many viewers are feeling.  It looks as if you're trying to deflect from your own personal life by getting involved in everyone else's business, including your grown children.  I actually think this show has run itself right into the ground.  There are no sides to take, it's all become a mixture of screaming, anger, confusion, it's absurd.  The "matriarch" thing is over for Caroline, if it ever existed.  It's done.  It's a circus, and who knows what's going to happen anyway after Teresa's court date?  The whole thing is extremely dysfunctional and not something even Dr. V., in all of her splendor, could fix after an afternoon there.  I bet she couldn't wait to drive off.  Too, too, much.

JamieMarie
JamieMarie

As the wife of a man who works 6/7 days a week, I think our relationships can be confusing to most people. My boss couldn't understand how it wasn't a big deal when my husband was working doubles & we would see each other for maybe 2 hours a day. It's simply just what we are used to. It's not the quantity of time, but the quality. It also helps teach our boys what a good work ethic is. I think Caroline & Big Al have the same kind of relationship. I am sure as we get older & retirement becomes a possibility, we would have to learn to be around each other more often. That would force us to " get to know" each other again. No matter how long couples are together, we will always continue to have growing pains. And I think that's what we are watching with Al & Caroline's relationship.

Octoberquilt
Octoberquilt

I like you caroline but im so confused. You husband has workd his whole life to give you ad your kids a good life and now hat he's getting ready to back and enjoy his beautiful home you give it to your sister for a petting zoo. Do you think that's fair.

Cmontesarturo
Cmontesarturo

I love your show and everything that is going on I feel Teresa is always being blamed for everything that goes wrong but the way it looks is that Teresa is just always at the wrong place at the wrong time.cause what i can see she isn't the firestarter it's her friends that start it and she's just there to take the blame for it all.im not saying she is innocent cause that is far from

TheOriginalGlindaTheGoodBitch
TheOriginalGlindaTheGoodBitch

Why do you feel compelled to stick your nose in everybody's business even after you say you want nothing to do with them any longer? Perfect example, Teresa. Caroline, NO MORE RULES!!!

GrandBeth
GrandBeth

YOUR son,  Albie did make some sweet comments on the girls,  because they do-do the cutest things.                                                                        THANK-YOU, ALBE

GrandBeth
GrandBeth

Dear Caoline, Please talk with  your daughter, Lauren about the ugly things she says about T and J`s kids.

Kids should never be in the middle between adults. KIDS should be off limits.  These kids do not ask for this and when an adults says mean and ugly things to  them and hurts them.        WORDS HAVE A LOT OF POWER!!!!!!!!!

 

WHAT HAS THOSE BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRLS DONE TO MAKE LAUREN HATE THEM LIKE SHE DOES???????

jdrflorida
jdrflorida

also, what happened to Greggie? too many people wonder which son he was with? why so ashamed CAROLINE?

 

 

jdrflorida
jdrflorida

You had to play nice with Teresa, because u realized you didn't have the viewer support you expected. Now you're forcing your imbecile SIL to follow suite. Unfortunately, we saw your nasty, envious side and she's just as bad, with a big side of unstable.

mrsbean11
mrsbean11

I think your smothering your son. He looks like he's carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and is afraid to be himself. Maybe if you weren't watching and observing and criticizing and praising and making excuses for why this works out and why that doesn't, maybe he'd be more interested in his own happiness. The viewers from the outside looking in, can see your son's definitely holding something back. He's such a bright, handsome young man and could have the world at his fingertips. I hope he stops fighting and embraces the truth. Step off and let your son love himself as much as you and the bravo viewers do! I think you need to have lunch with Greg and ask his thoughts.... 

JMRN
JMRN

I'm so damn confused. Last year Albie had a girlfriend, and YOU told him he needed to concentrate on work, and now you want him to do more than work. What the hell? No wonder why he's confused and anxious. Let go of your children a little Caroline. They are in their mid 20's - you're not doing them any favors. I'll end this with say what you want in your blog, but Jaclyn is StILL angry at Teresa, as she tweets to this day things about her, so I don't buy what any of you are saying. Time for this show to say good-bye.

smedly151
smedly151

I miss your sister and it is fun to see your siblings on the show.

smedly151
smedly151

i  just want to thank you Caroline.  This year you seem more like yourself.  Last season you were really hard to watch.  Most of you still meet up to talk about Teresa and blame Teresa,  yada, yada, yada, but at least you aren't as judgmental and looking to tear someone down.   I think I can stick with the show now, I was almost a gonner.  Melissa still seems fake to me and Kathy, I am still not sure about.  Jac is passive aggressive but a genuine doll to watch with her kids, you too. 

Debbieinmissouricitytx
Debbieinmissouricitytx

Caroline you are just a lonely woman who sits on twitter and face book all day when you are not destroying people lives!

critic
critic

Caroline, you need to cut the ties and let the kids grow up. I know this is  how Italian families are but time to break the cycle,  You may need to get a hobby, or part time job etc to fill the empty hours.

Also Albert does seem very unhappy this season. I hope he is okay. I like you and your family very much but there just seems to be too much of it at their ages.

sckusnetz
sckusnetz

Caroline, I absolutely love you and totally get where you are coming from. However, Al seems to be a bit disrespectful a lot of the time. So although we only see a small portion of your lives, it is hard to assume that this is not the norm for him. He is a grown man and should be able to voice his opinions without disrespect to his wife and mother of his children. 

 

Rosie, Rosie, Rosie...what do you say about Rosie. I love Rosie's larger than life personality but her drinking definitely wears me thin. I find her to be obnoxious and think that side of her would be a turn off for women who may otherwise be attracted to her. Rosie, put the glass down, there is no happiness in the bottom.

Kimberly07
Kimberly07

Albie needs to lighten up a little. He's wound too tight.

judywootan@yahoo.com
judywootan@yahoo.com

I was happy to see a real discussion between two married people with their adult children listening.  Nice to see you and your husband feel free and solid enough to be honest and angry with each other without fear.  Your kids are sweethearts!

I understand exactly what you meant when you told Andy you didn't know/couldn't answer his questions about your son's personal life.  Who knows?  We can never be completely sure until they're married, right? 

Thanks for keeping it real, Caroline, on the screen and in your blog.  

puppygirllover1
puppygirllover1

you and your husband are too boring for television. Without Teresa, you will be lost. I hope you kiss Teresa's feet for giving you something to talk about.

charbyswife
charbyswife

Nice way your husband treated you in front of your kids no less. The look on Laurens face made me sad as you could tell she was upset by it. You will probably just gab your way out of it with the same old "that man works so hard" I swear if I hear you talking him up on camera one more time I'll scream. He obviously gets tired of your constant jibberish concerning what everyone should do with their lives but he should never speak to you that way. It seems your trying to restart your marriage with that dumb apartment.

Maggietish
Maggietish

I haven't been a fan of yours for the past few seasons --- couldn't take any more of your bullying ways.  But, I have to give you your chops for the way in which you handled the situation that Teresa and her husband is going through - you took the high road when Andy asked you about the text messages and that was a surprise and was great.  That was the old Caroline that we all liked in the beginning of the series - glad to see she is still somewhat alive in you. Kim G viciously attacking Teresa with her text messages doesn't surprise any of the viewers--this woman is literally dying that she's not a permanent member of the show.  It says a lot about her and certainly Jacqueline's weird and despicable behavior toward Teresa--Kim G is pulling the strings and Jacqueline is doing the dance.  Jacqueline admitted it was Kim G who sent her the text accusing Teresa of spreading rumors that Melissa was stripper and Jacqueline carried it to Joe and Melissa telling them she was certain Teresa orchestrated it all.  Jacqueline clearly has no mind of her own as her friendship with Danielle and Kim G proves.  She's turned into one of the nastiest vile women on the Housewives shows and she really should get off TV and devote her time to her family and leave Teresa alone. 

thenewyorkerr
thenewyorkerr

ya suck caroline. you are a two face lady. hate how you were mean to danielle. you and dina are full of yourselves

Cyn44
Cyn44

Hi Caroline,

What would you and Andy like from Teresa? Teresa gave you credit for coming to he retreat and agreeing to help.

What she did not give you credit for was fixing things. You didn't after all Caroline. When you got there Dr. V was already working on it.  You never even got a chance to speak to baby Joey. View the Watch What Happens with Andy and Tre and you will see. Tre is always making the first attempt with her lousy bother and I for one am sick of it. She is a sucker and I hope she will stand firm with your SIL

PAHousewife25
PAHousewife25

I think you have changed your character a bit this season not because you are trying to be a nicer person but because you don't want to go the way of Jill Zarin...You try to make it as though the rift in your family is ok but Teresa's is something so much worse...Your true attitude came out when Andy asked if you would ever ask Teresa for her help...No, but you didn't mind her backing you up not so long ago at a dinner party when your buddy Jacqueline through you and Dina under the bus did you?...Even your husband tried in a not so gentle way to tell you to mind your own business and keep your nose out of your son's life...Seems that is where your concern should be...on your own home front...

pikitpretty
pikitpretty

omg'd it's a television show for God's sakes people.

clearly not all things are divulged on this show otherwise the Juicy's problems would have been revealed somewhere, somehow by someone.Plus...this was filmed LONG ago.....whatever "issues" may have been had at the time, has surely been resolved by now.

Or not.

That'll be up to the families to reveal next season yes?

REBECCA9247
REBECCA9247

Not to be too cute, but it sounds like you should get a copy of Melissa's book n how to have a happy, sexy marriage. Sounded a bit like yours was having issues. Never have heard Albert talk like he did this past week. Clearly over this season he is very unhappy. For sure he wants to go back to the house he has worked his whole life to pay for. That is if there is anything left after your sister moves out.

littlemsdivadiva
littlemsdivadiva

 @zenrogueinTN amen! plus the only reason she's being nicer this season to teresa, and pretending she wants peace between jaq and tre (when before she didn't want them to be friends) is to sell her book...i swear when she was talking to albie you could tell she was throwing it out there for her husband too and that's why he exploded because he knew what she was doing...

littlemsdivadiva
littlemsdivadiva

 @Cmontesarturo i agree, teresa just doesn't know how to defend herself calmly or doesn't think before she speaks but it doesn't make her evil...and i do think people like kim d use her for camera time and stir the pot...she's not 100% an angel but she's definitely not evil...i love how she's all about family and you can just see the love she has for her parents.

bravofan12
bravofan12

 @Robson

 maybe bc if she didn't make up with Tre' she was concerned Bravo wouldn't have her back for another season??

SoOverIt
SoOverIt

 @Kimberly07

 Maybe Albie knows that if he was to get serious about anybody else, they would be scrutinized and judged and perhaps even run off by Caroline and Lauren.  I wouldn't take any friends around Lauren.  She needs to get her own life.  And next week she's throwing Vito under the bus like we knew she would after she lost that weight.  

mrsbean11
mrsbean11

 @charbyswife awww....not for nothing Caroline really does burn my nerves. After Danielle left the show we got to see that she's always gotta make someone out to be "bad" which is an obvious tactic for when phony people feel the need to put a face on. But reading your comment struck a thought in my head that I hadn't considered. She is trying to restart her marriage with that apartment....and now I kinda feel bad for the nag. She really does have nothing going on for herself. She's always trying to preach and teach people how to live, and you know what they say, those that cant do-teach. 

Vickaniceone
Vickaniceone

 @charbyswife I agree with you.  Caroline, I can say this to you at my age - 59 - you really should consider staying out of everybody elses business and concentrate on your own marriage.  Seems a little rocky there... and when your grown kid says he's worried.. you should hold up a mirror to your own self for a while.  The other girls can take care of their own business.  My opinion of course.

Nic01
Nic01

 @SylviaS

 Funny she wasn't too closed mouth when it came to other's personal business...

NadaFan
NadaFan

 @SylviaS She obviously respects her sons privacy. It's not her story so she doesn't run her mouth. It keeps the peace in her family, I'm sure of that!

ccollier08
ccollier08

@SylviaS why is it any of your business???

lafield09
lafield09

 @SylviaS It's Albie's life. I think as a parent you don't disclose personal information of your children.

mrsbean11
mrsbean11

 @thenewyorkerr uhh Dina's awesome. I wish they would drop Caroline and pay the big bucks to get Dina back on! OMG that would be sooooooo juicy! Make Caroline go through what Theresa had to go through! Put all of Caroline's family BS on live television! 

sckusnetz
sckusnetz

 @thenewyorkerr Wow! Danielle and Dina? Have you not watched the show? They have both been gone for ages. Seesh!

nanag
nanag

 @PAHousewife25 Yes exactly, she made a power play last season - didn't work. So new strategy this season. It's a good thing that teresa played along.

Lizbaby
Lizbaby

@REBECCA9247 How stupid of you to tell her she should read Melissa's book. Melissa has been married for how many years? I think Melissa could learn from Caroline. After 25+ marriage it's not all sexy and happy..wait..what's the name of her book? Lol

Cyn44
Cyn44

 @REBECCA9247

 Yeah right! Melissa's book. Problem is she would have to also get an idiot like baby Joey to go with it.

His view of what makes a good marriage. and I quote "Sex and respect".

nanag
nanag

 @Nic01  @SylviaS or albie's. Remember Billy Joel's daughter and Caroline saying all sorts of ridiculous things about Albie and Alexa Ray Joel both being "children of privilege" and therefore well matched. Like her and Billy Joel are somehow comparable, what a joke. Poor Billy Joel must have been dying a 1000 deaths to be associated with these small timers.  And then there was the cheerleader - who was not good enough for caroline, which is why she wanted albie to focus on his career. 

 

She is a nightmare.

bravofan12
bravofan12

 @ccollier08  @SylviaS

 Caroline makes her kids our business. She said it plenty of times that she's doing the show to advance her kids careers.  SO us viewers are entitled to know the good and the bad!  She and Jac attacked Tre' for not telling ALL about their legal issues but it's Okay for Caro to disclose only what she wants about her kids?  I don't think so!

Kimberly07
Kimberly07

 @LuvBravo.  @Vickaniceone  @charbyswife

 I thought the same LuvBravo. It's like Caroline wants everyone to think they're this happy couple but Big AL's demeanor seems annoyed with Caroline all the time. He just doesn't seem happy. A matter of fact nobody in that family seems happy except for Christopher.

mrsbean11
mrsbean11

 @nanag  @Nic01  @SylviaS I think its time that the LIES stop. Billy Joel's daughter, the cheerleader, so obvious! Sometimes, when men set impossibly high standards, its because they dont want any WOMAN to meet them. And if Caroline would back the hell off this poor kid could breath and be happy like he deserves to be.  You can read it on his face! The kid doesn't even look healthy anymore. The stress has got to be killing him. LET GO ALBIE! Your father and mother will have to get over it!