Cast Blog: #RHONJ

The Root of Teresa and Joe's Problem

Jacqueline thinks Joe and Teresa's issues just go back to their spouses.

It bothered me that Teresa kept saying that it was my fault she wasn't speaking to her brother. If you ask her brother, he will tell you that is simply not true. I think Teresa's memory is a little fuzzy on what I actually told her brother at the fashion show. Someone please rewind that tape. We all saw Teresa's actions last season confirming what I told her brother was true, and it proves that I never lied about anything. I only stated the obvious.

I told Teresa's brother that someone texted me at the fashion show saying that Teresa was at the salon earlier in the day with Kim and that shady bald guy that had just tried to embarrass Melissa. (Which was true.) I also said that someone texted me that the shady bald guy was heard laughing while saying something about embarrassing Melissa. (Which you also saw was true.) You actually see him on the finale last season saying that Kim and Teresa asked him to do it. The last thing I told her brother was that it was all a set up. (Which was also, clearly, very true.) I told the truth.

I never said that Teresa was the only person involved, but it was clear to everyone that she was involved in the set up on some level. Even if you didn't know all of the details, it was clear that Teresa set Melissa up by not telling her what happened earlier at the salon until she put Melissa on the spot in the bathroom at the fashion show. It was obvious that Teresa was still friendly with Kim and the bald guy knowing what they had done earlier. It was clear that Kim and the bald guy felt very comfortable doing what they did in front of Teresa and that they all still remained friendly with each other afterward.I was confident at that point that Teresa was love, love, loving every moment of humiliating Melissa, instead of love, love, loving her sister-in-law like she seemed to in California. It is becoming increasingly clear to me now, as the show progresses, that Teresa still resented Melissa, like she still resented me after she publicly made up with me.

In hindsight, I could have just let her brother watch the show to see it all unfold himself, but there were already other pieces to the puzzle that Joe and Melissa were putting together themselves. I guess at that time, I still felt hurt about how Teresa made up with me publicly and then later I found out she was still mad at me. When I saw her doing the same thing to her family, it just bothered me. I was tired of the charade. I felt like things were being taken too far.

For some reason, putting me at fault for her family feud helped Teresa to cope with it all. I guess it helped her take a load off her conscience. I think Teresa was involved in things she now regretted.

I believe as upset as Teresa was with her brother, that she loves him and is hurt that they are not as close as they used to be, but it’s very hard for her to accept Melissa as his wife. Neither of the siblings like the other’s choices in spouses. It's a very common problem in a lot of families. I believe her brother loves Teresa, but he just wanted her to cut the B.S. of trying to hurt them and just wanted Teresa to be real and have a real relationship. He was just as hurt and frustrated as Teresa. Melissa and Joe Giudice were caught in the crossfire and were just frustrated with the whole mess of seeing their spouse’s feelings hurt and just wanted to give up on trying to fix things. We've all been there at some point.

Honestly, this episode made me cry a few times. I could feel such deep emotion from everybody there. All that anger comes from hurt. Being hurt by someone you love can bring out the worst in anyone. I felt for every single one of them on this episode. They are all just frustrated with each other. Their pain runs deep, but there is still love.

Sometimes, when you hit rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up! Keep the faith! Keep watching.

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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