Dina Manzo has finally revealed reason for her family's rift.
During the first installment of Bravo's Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion special Sunday, Dina opened up about her longstanding feud with sister Caroline Manzo, brother Chris Manzo and sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita. "I'm not going to lie...I would never do a show with family again," she confessed.
Dina did, however, say she would consider doing a cooking show with Caroline. She even hinted that she would like to reconcile with the Manzo'd with Children matriarch. "I love my brother," she said. "I love my sister." But as far as Jacqueline is concerned, she said, "There are certain people, I cannot have exchanges with...It's healthier to love from a distance...I don't want a relationship with Jacqueline…I don't need the chaos." Host Andy Cohen also asked Dina about her nonexistent relationship with Chris and Jacqueline's son, Nicholas Laurita, who struggles with autism. "I don't know Nicholas at all," the Project Ladybug founder admitted. "There's nothing I can do to help Nicholas, but pray for him."
"I would love for them all to show up and everything just go away," she said of her siblings. "I tried to squash it a million times in the press, say everything was fine, hoping that they would go along with it and then just like see each other and everything goes back to normal. But it somehow doesn't go away."
Dina also revealed that she was not invited to the engagement party for Caroline's daughter, Lauren Manzo. "Do you know how hurtful that was? I didn't know it was like that," she said of the family feud.
Caroline commented on Dina's interview during Watch What Happens Live.
"It's true I didn't invite her to the engagement party, and for good reason," Caroline told Andy. "First of all, I'm embarrassed. I'm mortified. I hate the fact that I have to say this because you know and I both know that I have come at you hard whenever we tried to discuss this, but I feel I have to defend myself."
"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, whom she doesn't even know. She didn't go to my brother Jamie's wedding. Babies were born, baptisms, graduations, birthdays—not just me. Not just Chris. My nieces, my nephews, along the line. 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 [Dina's daughter] Lexi. 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."
"I'm a package deal," added Caroline. "I come with everybody. You may have issues with somebody, but you don't dismiss someone in your family. You don't make somebody say, 'I'm giving you a choice, I'm giving you an option. The only way you and I can have a relationship is if you cut someone of of your life.' That's my brother's wife, and Chris was given the same ultimatum."
" 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--the same little boy she walked past two weeks ago at a party, and how you cannot take that baby and hug him and tell him you love him, I don't understand that," she went on. "So I have to say, I don't want the cooking show. 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."
Dina posted a YouTube video after the reunion special. She also responded with on Twitter. She also responded in a series of tweets.
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