Dina Manzo has been on the outs with her sister Caroline Manzo for years but the cause of their family feud has always been a mystery until now.
During an appearance on Jeff Lewis Live this Wednesday, Dina opened up about why she and Caroline are estranged. Dina also opens up about where she stands with her brother Chris Laurita and his wife Jacqueline Laurita.
In a shocking twist of events, Dina also reveals that Caroline is now feuding with their brother Chris. Talk about family drama!
So, without further adieu let’s get into the interview!
Once upon a time, Caroline and Dina famously proclaimed on the Real Housewives of New Jersey that they were as “thick as thieves” and that “blood is thicker than water” but somewhere along the way their strong family bond shattered into irreparable pieces.
Many fans think that reality TV is to blame for Dina and Caroline’s fallout so not surprisingly Jeff asks Dina if being on RHONJ changed Caroline.
“Yeah, I think we all changed,” she admitted. “There was a point when I left, cause I really quit after season one but part of my deal was that I had to film for some of season two when I didn’t recognize who [Caroline] was anymore, that I said I’m out.”
“I’ll be honest with you. I think what happened was, you know, there’s always some competition in families, so everyone loved when I was like the poor sister, when I was working my a*s off or whatever,” explained Dina. “Although she encouraged me dating her brother-in-law [Dina’s ex-husband Tommy Manzo], I don’t think she loved it too much when I kinda came to her level, as far as like ‘I have a range rover, I got a house in Franklin Lakes,’ so I think that’s where it started.”
Adding that she wasn’t happy with some of the things Carole and her sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita said about her during season 1 and 2 of RHONJ.
“After watching season one, I realize here I am saying Jacqueline’s heart is bigger than her boobies. Poor Albie’s wife has big shoes to fill. I was saying very nice things about them, and watching back, they weren’t doing the same for me,” said Dina. “I’m like is there envy going on here? They don’t want me to look good? I don’t know, but it freaked me out.”
However, it turns out that Dina isn’t the only sibling Caroline has issues with. Dina revealed that Caroline also had a falling out with their brother Chris.
“Caroline does not speak to me [at all],” she revealed. “I think [Caroline and Chris] had a falling out too. She might be good with Jacqueline. You know what, I gotta be honest with you. I really mind my own business. It’s just hearsay. I do know that they are not great anymore, her and Chris. But I don’t know why.”
Thankfully, one of Jeff’s listeners knows the reason behind Caroline and Chris’ fallout. A female caller from New Jersey named Becky called into the show and spilled all the details about Chris and Caroline’s feud.
So, who is Becky? Well, turns out she used to date Caroline’s son, Albie Manzo.
“You guys were talking before about the possible reasoning for Caroline and Chris’ [feud], I’m happy to call in because I used to date Albie and I hope he’s not listening to this,” said Becky. “He told me it was all because of that damn Black Water and really bad business deals. Chris was being super shady… It was basically bad business deals gone wrong.”
“Damn, you’re spilling the tea, Becky. I didn’t even know that,” Dina said, following Becky’s call.
To wrap, Dina revealed she hasn’t spoken to Caroline in “maybe two years” but says that she and Chris are on good terms.
“Well, Chris, I saw him not too long ago when we lived in Malibu. He came out and we had a nice dinner,” she shared. “We don’t see each other often cause we are on different coasts but we are definitely fine and Jacqueline as well.”
So, much tea so little time! All I have to say is, didn’t we call that there was a fallout between Caroline and Jacqueline (and Chris) a few weeks ago? If you don’t remember, check out the story here!
And even though Ashlee Holmes called BS on the story I guess we were right!