Dina Manzo’s Secret – Separation from Tommy Manzo and Other New Jersey Updates by NoMoreDrama
Dina Manzo from the Real Housewives of New Jersey Seasons 1 and 2, and guest appearance on Season 4, and Dina’s Party, has shared on twitter that she’s been separated from her husband since October. “My secret…I have been separated since October, my heart hurts but Tommy & I will always share a very special love. So grateful for the support of my loved ones during this time, especially my spiritual friends. You know who u are xoxo. And of course my biggest supporter Lexi, Tommy adores her & they will remain close.” Am I the only one wondering which October? I’ve assumed they were separated for the last few years. Celebuzz recently reported that Dina has landed a role on a new show called Tainted Dreams, a show set behind-the-scenes of a daily soap opera. What I would like to see is a behind-the-scenes show of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Manzo / Laurita Clan: Dina’s brother and sister and their families recently wrapped up a Florida marketing tour. Here’s the happy group in front of a huge banner advertising Chris and Albie’s company (with uncle Chris Laurita).
Jennifer and Melissa: Meanwhile last night new New Jersey Housewife Jennifer Dalton was at Sears Steakhouse in Closter NJ. I don’t think she was simply out for a family meal because she posted a picture on twitter with Melissa Gorga.
Jennifer was brought on the show as Teresa Giudice’s friend, and is sure to hear from people on twitter about hanging with Melissa. Please go easy on her – Teresa could have been there as well, and even if she wasn’t, don’t we want them to all get along?
Teresa Giudice didn’t tweet about the steak house, but she did tweet about making 800 lbs of sausage (in her garage based on the photo). Teresa’s latest cookbook is out and her tweets for months have been about food. In this photo I was struck by how happy Juicy Joe looked. Perhaps he is just a simple guy wanting to do simple things. Turns out that was Pete and I got the two brother’s mixed up. It’s not the first time that’s happened. Juicy looks annoyed, like usual.
Teresa is also selling her Milania Hair product line. It looks like her castmates will be supporting her efforts to get the line in local salons. Here’s what she posted on her website.
Speaking of Milania Giudice – it’s her birthday and she’s turning 7! My how time flies.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Cast Blogs by Stars99
Adrienne starts off her blog explaining that she “pulled back” from the show because she was “tired of engaging in all the chaos.” Well, there wouldn’t have been any chaos if you hadn’t perpetuated it through lawyers’ letters and strategic discussions with those on your own “A-Team.” I bet you love it when a plan comes together (Sorry, obscure A-Team quote reference – but I just couldn’t resist). She also says, “When Faye is on fire she’s at her best!” Gag. So many images flew through my mind at that comment – most of which included Faye actually on fire… but that would just be mean – so I’ll refrain from saying anything. Oops.
“While watching this episode, Lisa seizes several moments to take sharp digs at me, and my businesses. . .I wish I could be there to defend myself. Talking behind ones back is not my style and very passive aggressive, especially in small groups. It’s the main reason I separated myself from the women and trips.”
Adrienne, we all tend to seize every opportunity to make a dig at you… cuz you deserve it. Actually Adrienne, you COULD be there to defend yourself – you just chose not to. It still just blows my mind that the BIG secret really does seem to be about the surrogacy (are you freakin’ kidding me?) Therefore, I will heretofore refer to it as the “S” word. So are you really trying to tell us – that since Brandi outed the S word – that it caused so much havoc in your life that you had to withdraw from filming – I mean it almost seems like she actually broke the news to you that you didn’t actually have your kids biologically. It’s just crazy. Adrienne, you are a piece of work… on what planet does talking about the “S” word equate to qualifying as “defamation of character” or “character assassination”… And now it seems like you blame the outing of the “S” word played a pivotal role in your divorce? You have lost all credibility with so many of us. Period. I know, that not being able to have kids biologically is really tough – but at least you had the means to be able to access the “S” word as a solution. I have many friends who don’t have the financial resources to do that or even the money that’s needed for adoption. I’m crying for you, Adrienne… no really… I weep.
“While I appreciate Mauricio’s apology, it was a personal attack and a half-hearted “I’m sorry. It wasn’t personal that’s just how I personally feel” were his actual words. Contradict yourself much?”
Well, Brandi – he was saying how he felt – I don’t know if he meant it or not. You, Brandi, of all people, are really in no position to question someone else’s word choices, are you?
“Vegas! I invited all the girls to come help me prepare for a new hosting gig I have. It’s a trial run and thought it would be a fun time and something we all really needed after all the dinner parties from hell. I had not originally planned on inviting Taylor but caved when we were all together at the art show. I am not going to lie, I was relieved when she said that she couldn’t make it. I wanted to keep the group as happy and drama-free as possible.”
Okay, Brandi – your blogs are usually pretty short (this one is the longest one ever, though) – Must you really waste the few words you actually write to say you were relieved that Taylor couldn’t come to Vegas?
“Off to Vegas — woo hoo. Lisa had decided that she was happy to come and support me, but would not be getting on any kind of pole. . .we shall see!!”
Well, of course, Lisa must get on the pole… or at least a kind of a pole… Lisa makes a funny in her blog about the kind of pole she has gotten on in the past.
“I told Marissa that it seems Dean loves her more then she him. She expresses that she loves him very much, but long term marriages can be tough especially when you marry so young. I’m glad she professed her love for him and realizes she is lucky.”
Earlier in her blog, Brandi talks about her parents getting married at 19 and having kids right away. She recognizes that her mom probably feels similarly as Marisa does about getting married too young. Brandi also expressed that Marisa may not yet be aware how these statements that are said nonchalantly and innocently at dinner while filming this show are forever chronicled and can bite you in the dupa. Well, at least that’s my interpretation of what she said. At this point, Brandi even has firsthand knowledge they can actually be used against you in a court of law.
“The “vag” jokes took a turn into some serious conversation of my past marriage, divorce, and Eddie’s current new wife. I think the women’s comments were just their way of showing me they cared and were being protective of me. After all, three of these ladies are happily married and can’t imagine what they would feel if this had happened to them. Camille was supportive of me because she was going and still is going through a very similar situation of her own. Eddie’s new wife took a bit of bashing from the ladies, but they were just being protective friends. Tune in next week to see who gets on the stripper pole and who starts World War III!”
Perhaps we should create a non-monetary pool to guess who starts World War III…
“Hi everyone! I miss you all! As you know I been diving and traveling. Hope you all caught WWHL! It wasn’t like there wasn’t a lot going on here at home in Beverly Hills. Sometimes you just have to let the dust settle. Or has it?”
Diving? Ummm… don’t you mean jumping – cuz that’s what it’s called when you jump feet first into the water, no?
“I’ve got some pretty exciting stuff coming up. Changes, Changes! Which of course you’ll see. . .”
I hope it’s more exciting than the stuff we’ve seen from you thus far.
“When I was getting settled in my new home, I was looking at pictures of my children and thinking about them as babies. How they have grown, and how I have grown. How our lives have changed! And I’m realizing that changes are okay! And I have made many. This is a whole new phase in my life!”
Constructive changes are okay. You do still scare me, Kim – because we’ve seen some of the stuff you’ve been involved with recently and quite frankly, you seem to be a little wonky.
“I took a friend for a nose consultation to Dr. Grigoryants (VGPlasticSurgery.com) who came highly recommended from my sister Kyle. After watching my friend decide to do this, I decided to take a consultation of own! Not that a new nose was going to change me! But each time I make a change it helps my sense of courage! And it seemed exciting! A new nose to go along with all my new changes! When you do something on the exterior sometimes it gives you a sense of confidence too!”
Okay, Kim – this is where your line of reasoning just eludes me. On the show, you seemed to indicate that since you were going through so many changes on the inside that you wanted to change something on the outside. So you decided you needed a nose job. Of course you did. I’m guessing most of us would have chosen to get a whole new wardrobe – maybe change our hair style and color. But not our Kimmie. Nope – she goes for the nose job. Ummm… scary. And then you somehow equate getting a nose job as helping your “sense of courage” – really? That’s scarier.
“Aww! Sophia’s graduation! She looked beautiful, of course. I wish I could have been there — but as I said before I would never miss anything for any of my nieces or nephews unless it was important! My Chaddy was sick and I had to be with him. That’s just the way it goes! My baby needed me. I’m sure she understood I was there in spirit.”
I wonder if “Chaddy” is loving how his mom refers to him? How old is he now? Lolol…
“As I said before exciting things are happening. Keep watching!”
We’re on the edge of our seats, Kim.
“This week was a welcome relief from the drama. Sophia graduating from sixth grade, while not a college graduation, is definitely something to celebrate. Being one of four daughters, I think it’s important to celebrate them each individually whenever possible. I love being surrounded by family and friends on these special days. I am grateful to have such loving in-laws that are able to watch our children grow. Times like these always make me miss my parents because I want so much to be able to share all of these moments with them. I DO feel that my parents are watching over us, but of course it’s not the same as having them physically here.”
You’re right… even graduating from 6th grade is a reason to celebrate! I bet it is tough not to have your parents around to take part in these types of festivities and occasions. I’m glad your husband’s family is actively involved in their lives – that’s very kewl.
“Watching Sophia standing next to me at 12 years old and 5′ 6″ makes me smile. I am 5 ‘3″ on a good day, so I love that she inherited her Dad’s height. Of course, she doesn’t like being taller than her Mom and friends and is always hunching over to talk to us. Now though, she is starting to appreciate her height and is coming out of her shell.”
Ehhh… her friends (and more importantly – the boys) will probably catch up to her height very soon. Lol at “I am 5’3 on a good day” – I used to say, “I am 5’4, but 5’5 on a tall day.”
“I was excited to go to Vegas with the girls. Vegas is always fun and I knew there would be lot of laughs. The dinner that night was so much fun! I enjoyed getting to know Brandi better and was happy that we both got to see another side of each other. I cannot believe she got that oyster down my throat. It was disgusting but it made me laugh. God knows I am always up for a laugh!”
I gotta say – you were a very good sport about that oyster!
Lisa starts off by talking about the lunch with Suzanne Somers and the education about hormones – she doesn’t know much about this kind of stuff – but admits she should probably read Suzanne’s book. I especially laffed that she didn’t know about “Chrissy Snow.” C’mon, Lisa – now you’re just being lazy. When Yo invites you to lunch with a special guest “Suzanne Somers” – In this day and age, why oh why on earth wouldn’t you at least Google her?
“The only thing I know about how to make a hormone is not to pay her.”
For some reason, that joke never gets old.
“Our first dinner was hilarious. I remember it well. We laughed with true abandonment and it reminded me of when we first all came together — my how times have changed. It is fascinating how the dynamics develop between us all. Kyle and I have always shared a sense of humor, but have very different perspectives on what a friendship entails, so one has to separate and choose the elements of the relationship that you want to keep. The rest falls by the wayside.”
It’s so much fun to laff with “true abandonment” – even if it’s about the “V” word that you hate so much.
“So off we trot to visit the pole. . .I had one once. Then he went back to Poland. OK this is serious, kinda. Brandi becomes overwhelmed and I nudge her slightly. . .empowerment. . .find your inner sexy. It’s there somewhere and I will find it!”
Lisa’s second joke of the blog. Gotta love it. I’m confident that Lisa and the others can find their “inner sexy” – I just don’t think I need to watch.
“I laughed out loud when Lisa asked, “Who is Chrissy Snow?” I really like Lisa’s personality and she always looks effortlessly beautiful. I dig Yolanda but she could be facing some serious littering fines with all the names she’s dropping. Putting that aside, Yolanda is an wonderful homemaker, host, and expert at directing her staff. I am nothing like that. Between work and the kids, I’m usually exhausted by the time I get home and either throw something basic together or order in. Fortunately, Dean just likes to eat Power Bars.”
I totally laffed at the Chrissy Snow thang, too. Your sentence, “I dig Yolanda but…”… was actually a dig in and of itself – which on the one hand the word choice is quite witty… but on the other hand is also a tad bit snarky… albeit, true.
“Then we are off to another dinner gathering at Kyle’s. I have never been one to produce lavish dinner parties. With me, it’s usually girlfriends over, sweats, no make up, sitting in the living room with a bottle of wine and Chinese. Kyle, however, has always been quite the entertainer and she is great at it! Adrienne and Paul arrive upbeat, but their mood quickly fades as the broken record of the infamous Brandi and Adrienne debacle begins to play. This horse has been beaten to death, hasn’t it?”
I think I’d like to hang with Marisa. She generally seems to be pretty unaffected by the likes of Beverly Hills and Hollywood. And yes, that horse has been beaten so much they’ve called the ASPCA.
“Speaking of family, my mom comes over to help me pack for Vegas. I shouldn’t have asked, as she ends up criticizing half my wardrobe, my hair, etc. . .and then tries to glom on and invite herself on the trip. I’ll give her credit, my mom has tremendous chutzpah for the good and the bad! I hope you find her as galling and entertaining as the rest of the clan does. Love you mom!”
Your mom cracked me up. Silly you for asking her for fashion advice.
“Our first night was a blast as we all laughed with and at each other at dinner. I swear Kyle’s theatrics always cracks me up, and it was hilarious when she was peer pressured into trying the oyster! I couldn’t have done it!”
Yeah, I couldn’t have downed that oyster, either. My mom always put oysters in the stuffing at Thanksgiving – and it wasn’t until High School when visiting my best friend’s house for Thanksgiving leftovers that I found out that not everyone’s turkey stuffing tastes like oysters. Blecht.
“Of course, it wasn’t all fun and games, as Brandi brought up my relationship with Dean. I adore Brandi and her snap judgment that Dean was “more in love with me than I am with him” was based off an impression I obviously gave her or she wouldn’t have said it. That said, I’ve never thought this was the case. I’d always thought we loved each other the same. I asked Dean and, typical of him, he said he had never thought about it. Brandi was absolutely right to point out how lucky I am. Deanie and I are blessed to have each other. I love him very much. But it doesn’t matter if you live in Beverly Hills and are married to a film producer or if you live in Pennsylvania and are married to a coal miner, all marriages take work and it isn’t always a bed of roses.”
Okay, Marisa – you get huge points for acknowledging that Brandi’s comments were “based off an impression I obviously gave her or she wouldn’t have said it.” Wow. How adult of you. That’s quite an astute observation – and yet you totally could have gone any number of ways with it – including going batcrapcrazy about it. Most of your other housewife friends would have… Unfortunately, though – this may mean that you won’t be a full housewife next season since according to Bravo you’re supposed to bring the drama. You may be new to the group – but they could probably take lessons in your ability to learn from what you see about yourself on the screen and apply changes in your life where appropriate.
Taylor starts out by saying that Suzanne Somers was her favorite in “Three’s Company.” Congratulations – you knew something that Lisa didn’t know. There, does that make you feel better?
“I adore Sophia and all the Umansky girls so seeing her graduation celebration warmed my heart. She is a beautiful girl inside and out and she is a wonderful role model for Portia and Kennedy. Glad the girls got a chance to go on a little getaway weekend to Vegas. We have had some fun times (and some drama) there in the past.”
Wow… Taylor and Kyle must be pretty close for Taylor to identify Sophia as a role model for Kennedy. She said she didn’t go to Vegas because she had a prior commitment. I think she had a prior commitment to see her cheating boyfriend. See, now she will always be known as a cheater to me – since she was dating Mr. Wonderful before he was even separated from his wife. I’m trying hard not to be so snarky… but it’s hard.
Yolanda H. Foster
“Looking back, though, I can see myself struggling to keep it together and participate as each episode airs. The Lyme disease had so severely affected my brain functioning that it was extremely hard for me to think, form sentences, and stay focused. I was always trying to be so extremely healthy because it was the only way I could get through my days.”
I’m glad you finally got what seems to be a correct diagnosis. That must have been really crazy-making going through filming your first reality show while having those kinds of symptoms. Quite frankly, I have a hard time focusing, too, when watching your show. Mostly because my eyes are either rolling or crossing – and then I get dizzy from trying to follow the catfights. I have found the chocolate helps.
“In Chinese medicine, menopause is called “second spring” because they believe it’s the most powerful time in a woman’s life — a time we approach a passage where our family duties calm down and we can start thinking about ourselves.”
I know some people think you are boring and pretentious – but I think it’s kind of kewl to have a group of women over to talk about menopause – with a self-proclaimed hormone expert. The most powerful time in a woman’s life? Woo hoooOOoooOOOo!
“OK. . .it sounds like it, but I honestly don’t have anything against plastic surgery, Botox or injectables. . .do what makes you happy. But I do believe that staying young and growing old gracefully starts from within. The point I was trying to make was that it’s sad to see how a lot of woman in this town feel the need to rush into facelifts, etc. to keep up with the new generations coming in, rather than using their age and wisdom to empower themselves.”
Or having purely unnecessary nose jobs, no names mentioned, Kim?
“Brandi is so naughty that I wish she had invited all of us for a little practice run before going to Vegas, but now we know the real truth as to why we look like beginners and she looked so hot wrapped around that pole. Haha! But let’s be honest — if you had to pick the one of us that would be the most comfortable on a pole, I think we’d all choose Brandi. Not a bad contest to win. . .”
Brown chicken, brown cow… (say that really fast…lol)…
“Lisa is always able to give me a good laugh out of every situation. I know she is not excited about going to Vegas, but she is going to rally and be a good sport to support Brandi. She says she is not going to wrap her legs around anything, but wait til you see her flying around that pole. . .Believe me, it’s going to be smoking hot so make sure to tune in next week!”
Okay… now several people have referred to Lisa wrapping her legs around the pole… so it must be a whole lot of nothing… or so hot that Ken immediately flew to Vegas upon seeing it.
“Once in Vegas, I learned there was a lot of hesitance going around about going pole dancing. I believe you don’t need to be a stripper in order to pole dance so I just say — let’s just keep our clothes on and have fun!!! I was there to support Brandi in her new business adventure. If she is going to be financially independent by doing pole dancing events then who are we to judge? It’s sweet to see Brandi find her way back to Brandi.”
I really like your sense of fun. You seem to be able to start water fights, wet washcloth fights, golf cart races, etc. – without needing to be part of all the drama. It’s such a nice change of pace. You keep surprising me, in a good way…although, as others have suggested… you kind of need to stop the name dropping. You may be totally unaware that you do it – and it may be so matter-of-fact because you just always have amazingly fabulous people over… Just sayin’…
Saturday Night Lineup, February 2nd by BB
8PM – 48 Hours (CBS); Betty and Coretta (Lifetime); American Ninja Warrior (NBC); Cops (Fox); Antiques Roadshow (PBS); UFC (FX); E! Special (E!); Six Little McGhees (OWN); Mudcats: Down and Dirty (NatGeo)
9PM –Ripper Street (BBC); NFL Honors (CBS); 48 Hours: Hard Evidence (TLC); Amish Mafia (Disc); My Big Redneck Vacation (CMT); Pit Boss (Anpl); Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal (OWN); An Idiot Abroad 3 (Science); Deadly Sins (ID); Cyndi Lauper (WE); Celebrity Ghost Stories (Biography); The Incredible Dr. Pol (NatGeoWild)
10PM – The Graham Norton Show (BBC); 48 Hours: Hard Evidence (TLC); Dixie Mafia (Disc); Swamp Pawn (CMT); Pit Bulls and Parolees (Anpl); Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal (OWN); Scorned: Love Kills (ID); Supernatural Sisters (Biography); NY ER (Fit); Girls/Enlightened (HBO)
We’ve got three new shows coming up on Bravo that still need bloggers. Brad Goreski’s it’s a Brad Brad world, Dukes of Melrose, and a show about Therapists. If anyone is interested in blogging any of them please let me know – firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks NMD.