Lauren Manzo breaks her silence on her divorce from her husband, Vito Scalia. Plus, AllAboutTRH reveals exclusive details on the split and more!
“By now, you guys have seen the news that has broken. Um, just wanna let you guys know we’re all good. This has been done for a very long time. The last part of the process was filing. We were on the same page. This is something that we did together,” Lauren said in an Instagram video on Tuesday.
“Vito and I love and respect each other, and we continue to move forward as a family. All that matters to us is that our daughter is happy and healthy. Her privacy is important to us. We haven’t put on TV in seven years, which is why we did not feel the need for some dramatic announcement,” she continued.
Lauren emphasized that their main priority at the moment is co-parenting their 6-year-old daughter, Marchesa “Markie” Scalia.
“We continue to move forward with love and respect for each other, and we will always be a family. And that’s it. It’s about our daughter and her privacy because she didn’t ask to be on TV. We did. We appreciate you guys and hope you have a great day,” she added.
On Monday, October 23, The U.S. Sun reported that Vito, 37, filed for divorce from Lauren Manzo, 35, after eight years of marriage on September 5, 2023. Lauren, the daughter of RHONJ OG Caroline Manzo, was served with divorce papers at their home on September 29, 2023.
Before filing for divorce in September, Vito filed a Marital Settlement Agreement on July 26, which “is a legal document used in New Jersey that spells out the terms of a divorce and provides a framework for the relationship between former spouses after divorce.”
Now that the news of Lauren and Vito’s divorce is officially out there, AllAboutTRH can reveal that we have known about this split for well over a year.
In July 2022, AllAboutTRH received a tip from a very reliable source that Lauren and Vito were not together and that they hadn’t been together for a very long time.
The information came from a reputable source who is close to Vito, Lauren, and their families.
AllAboutTRH reached out to Vito at the time about claims that he and Lauren were divorcing. At the time, Vito denied they were splitting, telling us:
“Hi! We have heard many rumors about this lately! It’s not true. We are married, live together & raise our daughter happily. We would appreciate [it] if you didn’t feed into the rumors in an attempt to protect our daughter from any unnecessary heartache in the future.”
Naturally, AllAboutTRH decided to respect Vito and Lauren at the time and not share any rumors about their split out of respect for their family and daughter.
Yet, for the past year, AllAboutTRH continued to receive emails and tips that Lauren and Vito’s marriage was over.
AllAboutTRH can now report some of what we have heard about Vito and Lauren’s marriage – including when and why it ended.
Lauren and Vito’s marriage had “problems” and “was over” shortly after they welcomed their daughter Markie in 2017.
We have also heard that Lauren wanted the split more than Vito and that Vito’s family isn’t a fan of Lauren at all. The two have also been dating other people as their marriage has been unofficially over for years.
Lauren and Vito began dating in 2009 after knowing each other for four years. The two met thanks to Lauren’s older brother, Albie Manzo, who is Vito’s best friend and college roommate. They eventually tied the knot in July 2015.
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