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Frank Catania’s Girlfriend Brittany Talks Potential Engagement and Her Relationship with Dolores

Brittany, who made her RHONJ debut on the Season 13 premiere, answered some burning questions about her relationship with Frank.

By Shannon Raphael

When The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 13 premiered on February 7, viewers were introduced to many new faces.

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In addition to getting to know cast members Danielle Cabral and Rachel Fuda, fans also got to meet exes Frank Catania and Dolores Catania’s respective new significant others, Brittany Ann Mattessich and Paul “Paulie” Connell.

Frank actually used to train his now-girlfriend and newbie Rachel for fitness competitions more than a decade ago, and he’s had an on-and-off relationship with Brittany for several years. Back in May 2022, when he appeared on an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Frank brought Brittany to the Clubhouse for her Bravo introduction. 

“You know it’s serious then,” he joked about his relationship with Brittany. 

During an Instagram Q&A ahead of the Season 13 premiere, Brittany opened up about her “serious” relationship with Dolores’ ex-husband, and she teased whether an engagement could be in their future. A fan asked Brittany if she had an idea of when Frank would be proposing.

“Might have to DM him and ask,” she wrote (per Reality Blurb!), adding the winking face with tongue emoji and a diamond emoji. 

In the same Q& A, she also revealed that she has a positive relationship with her beau’s ex-wife. “Dolores and I get along great, and she could not be any nicer to me,” she added in another Instagram Story.

The feeling is mutual, as Frank himself revealed in August 2022. While chatting with Page Six, Frank shared that his ex and his two kids, Frankie and Gabby (who he said can be a tough critic), all love his girlfriend.

“Gabby says, ‘How do you not like Brittany? You can’t help but like Brittany!’” Frank said. “It’s not only my daughter; it’s the entire family. And Dolores too!”

Though Dolores and Brittany are on friendly terms, the same couldn’t be said initially for Frank and Paulie.

During the RHONJ Season 12 reunion, Frank said Dolores’ boyfriend looks like Buzz Lightyear. Find out how Paulie reacted to the Toy Story comparison, and learn where things stand between him and Frank today, by watching the video above. 

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