Dina Manzo: My Rift With Caroline Isn't Teresa's Fault
Caroline Manzo may argue that she's not speaking to her sister because of Real Housewives of New Jersey foe Teresa Giudice, but Dina Manzo says Giudice played no part in their rift.
"[Dina] was led to believe a lot of things that are not true. She has a good friend that likes to talk and she says things to her that aren't true against me and Jacqueline [Laurita]," Caroline argued on Sunday's Housewives reunion, looking right at Giudice. "[Dina] claims I never supported her, and Teresa's a big part of it. When you get into this world, the fame, your mind isn't right. You drink the Kool-Aid."
For her part, Dina -- who quit Housewives midway through season 2 and now hosts her own HGTV series, Dina's Party -- said her friendship with Giudice isn't exactly as deep as her sister may think.
"It wasn't until very recently that Teresa showed up at my doorstep in tears," Dina wrote on her personal blog. "Apparently Caroline and Jacqueline had a sit down with her on camera [for season 4] and she felt attacked. All I did was console a friend who was obviously shaken. I felt bad for her…even though I had distanced myself from her a bit I was still her friend and she needed me."
Dina wrote that while she continued to interact with Giudice -- mostly to support her business ventures -- she did so out of the spotlight and away from Housewives cameras.
"Teresa had nothing to do with me staying away from everyone, I even stayed away from her too and I have no clue about all the drama that went on with everything else," Dina blogged. "I feel bad that my relationship with my sister and her family is strained, but I can assure you that one day it will be back to the way it was."
"I don't like fighting, I don't like drama, I don't like confrontation, I don't agree with ganging up on someone [one of the other reasons why I left season 2] and I don't need to share anymore than that," Dina summed up.
"I wish all the girls the BEST!! ALL OF THEM….Let's lift each other up instead of trying to tear one another down. Let's showcase what women are capable of, what I thought this show was going to be back in the day: Running successful businesses, supporting amazing causes, raising incredible children and looking fabulous every step of the way," wrote Dina, before adding in jest: "Unfortunately, not sure what the ratings on that would be."