Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Caroline Manzo Slams Sister Dina, Shuts Down Reconciliation Talk: She "Has to Grow Up"


USmagazine.com:
Dina Manzo may want to keep that olive branch to herself for a bit. After the reality star hinted during the season six Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion that she was open to making nice with her estranged sister Caroline Manzo, Caroline appeared on Watch What Happens Live and basically shut down any hope of a reconciliation. 

"Over the past four years, five years, Dina has never attended any family function at all. We've got nieces and nephews that are 3, 4, 5 years old, 9 months old, that she doesn't know," the Manzo'd With Children matriarch told host Andy Cohen of Dina, who's also feuding with brother Chris Laurita and his wife, former Housewives star Jacqueline.

"She didn't go to my brother Jamie's wedding," Caroline continued. "Babies were born, baptisms, graduations, birthdays..." 

Dina, for her part, said during the RHONJ reunion that she invited Caroline, Chris, and Jacqueline to her daughter Lexi's high school graduation party, only to have all three reject the invitation. She also claimed that both she and Lexi were excluded from Caroline's daughter Lauren's engagement party earlier this year. "Do you know how hurtful that was?" she asked Cohen, fighting back tears.

Caroline confirmed on WWHL that Dina hadn't been invited, but said there was a good reason for it. "To single that out is insane. When Lauren got engaged, the very first person she called, 10 minutes after the ring was on her finger, was Lexi," the mother of three began. "And she said, 'Lex, I'm engaged.' And Lexi said, 'I'm so happy. My mom says congratulations.' That was in November. The party was in April. From November through April, not a word."

Told that Dina seemed "interested" in doing a cooking show with her, Caroline replied, "No. I'm a package deal. I come with everybody [in our family]. You may have issues with somebody, but you don't dismiss someone in your family." 

She went on to address Dina's beef with sister-in-law Jacqueline, telling Cohen that Chris was given an "ultimatum," to choose either his wife or his sister. (Dina herself said on the reunion that she "cannot have exchanges with" Jacqueline and has no interest in a relationship with her.) 

"I want you to understand the gravity of that: This is a man that has a son that has special needs, and you're saying for him to leave his wife in order for you to have a relationship with [him]," Caroline said on WWHL, referring to Chris and Jacqueline's son Nicholas, who was diagnosed with autism. She further claimed that Dina just "walked past" Nicholas at a party, saying, "How you cannot take that baby and hug him and tell him you love him, I don't understand that." 

"I have to say I don't want the cooking show," she told Cohen. "I don't care about TV, I don't care what the papers say. I want my family back. And I have done everything in my power to make that happen. So have the rest of us. Dina has to grow up."
Somebody needs to get Caroline, Chris and Dina in a room to hash this all out. I get Dina not wanting anything to do with Jacqueline (who too often shows the same immaturity and spitefulness as her daughter Ashlee), but Dina can still use her "zen", take the high road and be civil to Jacqueline (whenever they cross paths) while working on repairing her relationship with her siblings if they can meet her halfway. As an aside, can't help but wonder what Albert and Tommy Manzo think about all this since they're both married to these two.

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