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Danielle Cabral’s Brother Drama Just Got Taken Up a Notch (UPDATED)

The RHONJ mom said the sibling drama — which Jackie Goldschneider has openly questioned — “breaks her heart.”

By Allison Crist

UPDATED (May 31, 8:34 A.M.): Danielle's estranged brother became a topic of conversation during Part 1 the RHONJ Season 13 reunion once she revealed a piece of heartbreaking news concerning another family member. "I'm actually gonna see [my brother] tomorrow for the first time [because] my grandmother passed away," she said. "Tomorrow's the funeral."

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Danielle continued to discuss her relationship with her brother, and host Andy Cohen eventually asked whether or not she's reached out in the nearly three years since they last spoke. Her response? "We sent a gift for the baby — he had a daughter — and they sent the gift back."

The original story continues below.

Danielle Cabral has spent Season 13 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey being open about the fact that she has a strained relationship with her brother, but not all of her castmates have showed her sympathy, let alone believed that she was telling the truth about their falling out. 

Said falling out occurred when Danielle blocked her brother on social media because he was apparently making fun of her, but upon hearing this, some of the ladies thought she was “leaving out a big piece of the story," as friend Jackie Goldschneider put it. 

Enter: Danielle's mom. She appeared on Episode 14 Season 13 of RHONJ to discuss the sibling drama with her daughter, and based on their conversation, there's truly not more to the story. In fact, she's also on the outs with Danielle's brother.

"It breaks my heart. I'm your mother, I'm his mother. I raised you the best I can with lots of love. Obviously, he's in some type of pain, but [I wish he would] talk to me about it," she said. "And I'll respectfully apologize to [him] if I did anything to hurt him."

Danielle's mom went on to explain that she and her husband are both "trying to fix" the situation," but her son "just doesn't want to fix it."

Added Danielle in a confessional interview, "It's so funny, you hear all the time that Italian boys, they love and adore their mom. But he iced her out big time once he realized she was taking my side."

The family turmoil is especially hurtful, the two explained, because Danielle's brother recently welcomed a daughter. As her mom put it, "There's a baby involved now. And I wish that he would realize what his daughter is now missing."

Danielle then got emotional, tearing up in a confessional. "It consumes you when you wish you had a relationship and a life that you once knew," she said, explaining that regardless of how much pain she's in, she'd still be willing to reconcile with her brother. "It's so far gone and it's so much hurt, but if my brother called, if that boy ever showed up, yeah. I don't know where he's been. Maybe he's lost somewhere. But if he showed up, yeah."

Added her mom, "Let's just hope and pray that the day comes that we can all be together as a family again. And maybe he will see the light."

Dolores Catania on Jackie Goldschneider Questioning Danielle Cabral's Story: "Mind Your Business, Worry About Your Own Sister"

To hear more about the sibling drama, hit play on the above The Real Housewives of New Jersey After Show clip.

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