Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Chris' Sock Story

Jacqueline talks date night and Chris' very personal coming of age story.

Before I write anything, I want to apologize to Joe Gorga and Teresa for my comment about them that was in bad taste. I'm talking about the comment when I told Chris that I hoped it wasn't Teresa that Joe Gorga lost his virginity to when he was 9 years old. That was my sarcastic sense of humor coming out. It came from me thinking back to the awkward flirty comments Joe and Teresa made to each other last year waiting for their therapy session together. "You smell good." and "Red is a sexy color." It was kind of an inside joke between us all that Teresa and Joe were in love with each other and maybe that is where all the jealousy was coming from. That comment really wasn't meant for public viewing, because it's something my husband and I would joke around about in private. We have even teased Joe Gorga about it before to his face and he laughs with us. Do I REALLY feel they slept together? Of COURSE NOT! Don't be silly. Moving on…

I LOVE date nights with my husband. It's our down time that is just for us to share together! It's when we can unwind and enjoy each other's company without disruptions from kids or household chores. We catch up on things we may have missed about each other’s lives during our hectic week, we plan our future goals, vent to each other, offer each other advice, reminisce, and flirt. Food is something we really enjoy together. I've known my husband since 1996. He was always my best friend and still is. We had one year off from each other while trying to date other people since we were long distance. When Chris came back around and proposed to me, I had no doubts he was the one. We are soul mates. We were engaged for a year and a half before we got married and we are still going strong! It's kind of funny that I never heard that sock story before though. LOL! I'm glad he shared that with everyone. Please note neither one of us were talking about our son. Chris was telling a story from his OWN childhood so "don't get it twisted."

It was bothering me that Chris kept bringing up Teresa on our date, but I get why. We ARE in each other’s lives. I guess Teresa and Joe kept bringing me up too. LOL! I know that a lot of people were telling me that Teresa seems obsessed with me because she keeps talking about me on the show, but you have to understand that there is a long history between us and we were both hurt by each other. We both talked about each other. It's what women do. We vent.

I remember feeling at that time that I hoped their family could all make amends and be happy with each other. I was also looking forward to not hearing about their issues anymore. I just really didn't want them to try to drag me into their love fest by attempting to get me to make up with Teresa too. At the time, I couldn't imagine Teresa being a part of my life again. I couldn't trust her sincerity at all after hearing her say she hated me hours after she hugged me and told me she loved me. I felt like she always said she forgave people, but then she would regurgitate the same story all over again and throw it back into your face while she secretly hated on you. I didn't feel good. I just wasn't trusting Teresa at this time, and I still felt very hurt by her. When you go through a "break up" with a friend or boyfriend, you go through stages of hurt and anger. I was still feeling both, but I was doing my best not to even think about her at all. It was kind of hard when people kept bringing her up. It was making our situation really hard to avoid.Keep watching!


P.S. Caroline gets my deepest respect for keeping her word and driving hours away from her own family to help heal theirs. You can always count on Caroline. When you need her, she's there.

XO

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

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