Dina Manzo shocked fans when she was
fired removed from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” in the midst of season two. She also cut ties with the entire cast—along with her sister and brother Caroline Manzo and Chris Laurita. Exiting the show in such a controversial manner made many question Dina’s return to the show for season six. Nevertheless, Ms. Zen is back in the fold with the women for Season 6, which premieres July 13 at 8pm EST.
Dina did a recent interview with the Dish and here’s her take on why she returned:
So how does she feel about joining the group once again?
“I’m starting a new chapter of my life, it’s like I’m 18-years-old again,” Dina tells the Dish. “A lot has been going on in my life. It feels good to be back. But you’ll have to watch the season to [see what’s changed]. There’s a lot.”
Dina’s return to the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” has been tied to her turbulent marriage to Tommy Manzo and subsequent split in 2013. As we reported, Dina intends to move out of her marital home after season six completes filming.
“We’re just separated [but] we live together,” she told Bethenny Frankel on her talk show in January.
According to sources, the marriage is over with no hope of reconciliation. A prenuptial agreement exists and Dina stands to walk away with the broom she rode in on–NOTHING else. Dina was struggling financially before RHONJ came calling. Supposedly, she desperately needs the income from the show to support herself and her daughter.
Dina reveals her friendship with Teresa Giudice in season six makes is great:
“It’s great hanging out with Tre again. We never stopped being friends. We just drifted apart a little bit, so it’s fun being with her again.”
Of course her friendship with the convicted felon makes her happy. Teresa was her catalyst to get back on the show. A show Dina desperately wanted back on. Even if that meant betraying her own family to do so, allegedly.
As for the newcomers—Nicole Napolitano, Amber Marchese, and Teresa Aprea—Dina says, “I like the new girls. They bring a lot of energy.”
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