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Dolores Catania Reveals if She Keeps in Touch with Ex David Principe

Plus, Jennifer Aydin shared an update on where Frank Catania and Dolores’ boyfriend, Paulie Connell, stand today.

By Shannon Raphael

Since she joined The Real Housewives of New Jersey in Season 7, Dolores Catania has highlighted her unique relationship with her ex-husband/the father of her two adult children, Frank Catania.

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On the February 28 episode of RHONJ, Dolores said that Paulie made it clear that he doesn’t want to have a tight-knit relationship with Frank like her other ex, David Principe, did. 

“I don’t see Paul and [Frank] ever hanging out like [Frank is] used to,” Dolores admitted on the episode.

When Dolores appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen earlier in February, she revealed just how close her two exes are. While Dolores said she’s not currently in touch with David, Frank is definitely in close contact with him. 

Frank lives with him,” Dolores said, which host Andy Cohen said was a “wild” update. “I’ve decided to leave the past in the past for this relationship [with Paulie].”

Fans now have clear evidence that roommates David and Frank are on good terms, but has anything changed between Dolores’ latter ex and her current beau, Paulie?

Fellow RHONJ cast member Jennifer Aydin provided an answer to that question when she appeared on WWHL herself just a few weeks later. 

Jennifer Aydin Shares an Update on Paulie Connell and Frank Catania’s Friendship

In the clip above, Jennifer shares that the two have grown closer — even after making fun of each other for resembling Toy Story characters — and she said it’s been “a beautiful thing to see.”

“Paulie’s like a man’s man; he’s old school. He’s like, ‘I got my woman, and nobody else needs to tend to her,’” Jennifer explained after a fan asked if Paulie should be more “understanding” of Dolores and Frank’s unconventional connection. “Having said that, [his] and Frank’s relationship has come a long way, and they’re very simpatico, and it’s a beautiful thing to see.”

The mom of five revealed that fans will get to see the guys grow closer as RHONJ Season 13 progresses. She also teased that there is plenty more to come this season.

“It’s a little disappointing to see,” she said, referencing the falling-out between sisters-in-law Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga. “There is a big divide, and you’re [going to] feel a little sad for the families [who] are affected. But you’re rooting for them at the end of the day.”

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