The taglines for The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 9 have been revealed, and Dolores Catania's statement sums up her personality perfectly. "I may put up a tough front, but I'll never leave you behind," she says.
Indeed, the no-nonsense former corrections officer also has a major sweet streak — and she always has. Need hard evidence? Just check out Dolores' sweet throwback snap.
On October 24, the Jersey pal shared a photo of herself as a child juxtaposed with a current image. We had to hold back on the squeals when we saw little Dolores, who — as it happens — looks an awful lot like grown-up Dolores. OK, minus a headband and a floral-print jumper.
In her caption, Dolores reflected on her childhood and the hard-won lessons she learned. "Growing up, my family and I had it tough, though I firmly believe without the trials and tribulations I faced as a little girl, I would undoubtedly not be the woman I am today," she wrote.
She added, "No matter how difficult things had become, there were always two constants in my life: 1. The unbreakable bond between my siblings, my parents and I, and 2. My deep-seated faith." Loyal till the end — that's our Dolores!
You can catch up with Dolores and the rest of the Garden State ladies when RHONJ returns for Season 9 on Nov. 7 at 9/8c. Watch a preview below.
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