Dina Manzo was well liked on RHONJ and was BFF with start of the show Teresa Giudice. So why did the blonde beauty decide to leave a hit show and move across the country? Dina reveals all in a recent interview with ET.
The reason for her surprising move may be less exciting than you think. When asked why she moved from the east to the west coast, Dina simply replied:
“You know, I always felt like I was a California girl stuck in New Jersey. Every time I came here, it felt like home.”
Dina replied that if she were still married to her ex-husband Tommy Manzo she would have remained in the Garden State adding:
“I’m not gonna lie, it was my divorce. I wanted to run as far away as possible from what was going on, and my daughter was in college, and I was like, ‘OK, I can pick up my animals and go anywhere I want.’ And I did.”
As to why she left the series the first time, Dina admitted filming with family (Caroline and Jacqueline) was “horrific.”
As to why she returned? Dina kept it real with her answer saying:
“I was there to support Teresa [Giudice]. I’m not gonna lie, the paycheck was good! You know, I was going through a divorce and it was a nice chunk of change to start my new life.”
Love that Dina admits that she needed that money! No shame in being honest about it.
Dina also dished that she didn’t return this season as it she knew it wasn’t the right decision for her:
“I’m kind of in a different mindset now. So, it was just like, if I can do it, great. If I can’t, I’m not going to force myself.”
I agree that Dina didn’t seem into it last season and you could tell she wasn’t enjoying it.
Dina is now focusing her energy on her skincare line Glow By Dina. What fans may not know is that this wasn’t a random career change – Dina has some roots in the beauty field:
“What people don’t know is, I’ve been in the beauty business since I’m, like, 16 years old. I know what works. I know what doesn’t work, and I was kinda tired of paying so much money for those department store brands, and knew what ingredients needed to be in a skincare to be good.”
Animal lover Dina assures us that her line is also cruelty free:
“I teamed up with amazing dermatologists here in California, and we came up with a formula that’s so affordable, and that’s not tested on animals.”
Dina also admitted she is seriously dating her boyfriend Dave Cantin and that the two are even living together. As for their meeting? Let’s just say he knew how to impress Dina:
“We met through a pediatric cancer event, and he made a very generous donation. You know, he knew the way to my heart.”
“I never thought I’d be in another relationship. I was really cool with just being on my own. I enjoy my own company … I kind of want to tell a lot of women out there who are going through — especially over 40 — divorce, it’s like, don’t force it. It’s gonna come.”
We wish Dina the best although we will miss her being a Jersey girl!
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