Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Calling Out Caroline

Amber Calls Out Andy Cohen

Dina: What am I Doing Here?

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Dina: The Ladybug Event was Perfection

Amber: I Felt I Like I Was Being Hazed

Melissa: Continue to Pray for Teresa's Family

Why Amber Shares Her Cancer Story

Dina: I Was Team Santa

Teresa: I Don't Blame Jim

Bobby's Unacceptable Behavior

Amber: Dina is Jealous

Melissa: "We are Heartbroken"

Dina Reacts to the Sentencing

Kathy Talks Kevin Jonas

Amber: Dina Was Planning a Blood Bath

Jim and Amber Were on Different Pages

Dina on Bobby's "Bizarre" Behavior

Amber Calls BS on Dina

Nicole: Words are So Powerful

Teresa: "Kudos to Dina!"

Teresa: I Love the Show, I Love My Fans

Praying for a Positive Outcome for Teresa

"Tipsy Melissa is My Spirit Animal"

Dina's Lose-Lose Situation

Jacqueline on Her Status with Teresa

Why Teresa Told Dina the Rumor

Amber on Her Cancer Scare

Teresa: There was an Agenda to Hurt My Family

Melissa: I Do Feel for Amber

Dina: Gia's Beautiful Inside and Out

Nicole: This is Not 'Jerry Springer'

Amber on Her Meltdown with Teresa

Amber's Emotional Call to Teresa

Teresa Thanks the Fans

Dina: Florida Will Be the New Scary Island

Teresa: I Wish I Never Heard the Rumor

Amber on the Shocking Rino Rumor

Victoria Gotti's Big No No

Calling Out Caroline

Teresa gives her side of the argument with Caroline.

Hi Sweethearts!
 
We're in the home stretch... almost done! Just one more episode left. How did you like last night's Reunion? Of all the Reunions I've ever been to, this one was the best. I know that's like saying something is the best worst, because the Reunions are never fun. They are brutal, long, and everyone ends up frazzled. But compared to other years, I guess what I'm most proud of is how I didn't let other people upset me. That old table-flipping Teresa is long gone. I've learned a lot by watching myself on television, and I hope I've changed for the better. We're all works in progress and we'll all keep growing.
 
Of course, I'm not perfect, some things did get to me. When Caroline said I didn't take the therapy in Arizona seriously and called me superficial, it hurt me. Who is she to call me superficial? She was there and saw that I was taking it seriously, that I was bonding with my brother, and that it was important to me. I went to Arizona with an open heart. I was serious about working out our issues, and got a lot out of it. We all experienced something different out there. I don't pretend to know her intentions, but she pretends to know mine.

When I was writing my blog that week, it occurred to me that that's what Caroline was doing all season: pretending. She was trying to put out that she was this happy, changed person, but didn't embrace it as much as she pretended to, she didn't even go up on the high wire. So I pointed that out. It wasn't the nicest thing to do, but I was upset. I knew she would read it and not be happy because she's Caroline Manzo! It's this crazy, unwritten rule: no one is supposed to ever point out anything about her or her life. She can only talk about ours. It wasn't a big deal, it was just a little shade in return for her lying about me. Not very mature I know, and I'm sorry for it. And I apologized for it immediately to her face, but of course, she didn't apologize to me. To be expected. I didn't expect it to be such a big deal at the Reunion, but I guess that's a good sign that the Reunion was pretty calm, cool, and collected since that was our "big fight."
 
I wish when Caroline and I were talking that everyone else didn't keep jumping in. That's my least favorite part about the Reunions, everyone talking over each other. If the conversation doesn't have to do with you, keep your mouth shut. Why is Rosie jumping in to tell me how to talk to Caroline? It's like they love to jump on other people's bandwagons so the talk doesn't come back around to them.

Speaking of pretending... Everyone can pretend they've never heard of Penny and Johnny, that "these people, these strangers, these roaches" were brought into our family by me, but they all know it's not true. We live in a small town and we ALL cross paths with the same people all the time. The sad part is after all this, I'm very cautious now about who comes up to be friends with me because everyone knows who I am, and I don't know them or their families or what their intentions are. As I've always said, I personally have only seen Penny and Johnny at public events. When I heard that they were trying to get Penny cast as a new Housewife on Twitter, I started staying away from them because they were bashing Melissa to do it. I know some people think you can get cast on a show by offering to bash people already on it, and apparently it does work sometimes, but it's not my thing, and I wanted no part of it. I get it that lots of people want to get on TV. If you can get cast, God bless you. Just please don't do it by bashing my family. Be fabulous and interesting and have a great life that people want to watch and I'm sure Bravo will call you!
 
Like I said on the Reunion, I'm done done done with all this family drama. If anyone wants to keep believing I did things that I didn't do, that's on them. I've apologized, I'm trying to move forward with my life, and to me, that chapter is closed. I'm never going to get to that ugly place with anyone again. I just won't allow it. I won't allow anyone to drag me in.

On a happier note, we celebrated Gabriella's birthday this week with a party at my friend Elvira's Space Odyssey. I can't believe she's 9! Even though you see us arguing at the Reunion, my family and I are really in a better place than after last year's Reunion -- much better! We're not perfect, but we're trying, and we love each other. And at the end of the day, that's all that matters.
 
Thank you all so much for loving us too. That you've accepted us into your households means so much. I'm honored to have so many beautiful, intelligent, loyal, and wonderful fans. I consider you all my friends.
 
Finally, I'm going to Boston this week to finalize the retail contracts for my new line of Fabulicious Desserts and Coffee! So excited! I can't wait for you all to try them!
 
Tanti Baci,
Teresa xx
@Teresa_Giudice
 
PS-- You can get my favorite recipes in my newest cookbook Fabulicious!: On the Grill -- available now at bookstores everywhere and Amazon (http://amzn.to/RtCq8e).
 
And visit my website for information on where to get Youthful 8 Milania Hair Care, Fabellini, Skinny Italian Foods, and Fabellini: www.teresagiudice.com.

 

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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