Inside Caroline & Dina Manzo’s Family Feud — What Caused The Bitter Divide!

Posted on Sep 18 2016 - 1:48pm by BeachSpin

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When Manzo’d With Children star, Caroline Manzo, appeared on Watch What Happens Live last week, no one expected social media and a passive aggressive sister to amp the drama.

Real Housewives of New Jersey alum, Dina Manzo, decided to dip her has-been toe into the live Bravo pool, and Caroline confirmed that their family remains fractured — possibly permanently.

Reality television has not been a friendly place for Dina and her relationship with her siblings, Caroline and Chris Laurita. Let’s take a look back, and piece together how a push and pull with Bravo, splintered a family. 

Season One

Dina, an already spoiled youngest child, joins a Bravo reality show with her brother, sister-in-law, and sister. Allegedly Danielle Staub, the out-of-the-gate villainess, rats to Bravo that Dina forged her ex husband’s name on consent papers, allowing their (minor daughter at the time) Lexi to film. As a result, Dina is left with no family to film with, no storyline, and because Bravo was believed to be peeved about the forgery, Dina is supposedly fired. As a result, Dina demands that her sister-in-law, Jacqueline, and her sister, Caroline, abandon the reality stage with her. They refuse her childish demands, and baby Dina isn’t happy.

CLICK: Danielle Staub Outs Dina Manzo For Forging Ex-Husband’s Signature As Reason For Her Firing

Caroline and Jacqueline continue on the show, and Caroline scores a spinoff. Meanwhile, years of family bitterness pass, as we jump to Season 6.

Season Six and Beyond

Dina agrees to return to the show, when promised that neither Caroline nor Jacqueline would be included. Bravo grants her wish, but as an afterthought, decides to bring Jacqueline back, in a “friend of a housewife” status. Dina is a snoozy casting failure, and fans of the show overwhelmingly proclaim her a dud. Dina kisses up to Teresa, playing the sympathetic bestie — hoping that the pre-prison support might pay off. Teresa is a legit newsmaker, and Dina isn’t going to miss her chance to ride her criminal star, until the gates of Danbury slam shut. Dina spends her downtime relentlessly bashing Caroline and Jacqueline on Twitter — contradicting her zen-soaked storyline. She also coldly reveals during the Season 6 reunion, that she has no interest in getting to know her young nephew, Nicholas.

CLICK: Dina Manzo Has Never Met Her Nephew & Has No Desire To?

By now, Dina’s divorce begins to heat up, so she is seemingly looking to financially stay in the reality game — even though her comeback stands as a dismal bust. Dina decides that cozying up to her family might be the trick, so she joins the Manzos for the 2014 holidays. Social media photos are posted, revealing Lexi finally interacting with her kin.

Lexi Manzo with her cousins RHONJ

Dina at Caroline's Xmas

Caroline later speaks on her show about a 5-hour come-to-Jesus exchange with Dina, which appears to have been successful. Jacqueline also shares that she had received an encouraging message from Dina. Dina attends Lauren Manzo’s July 2015 wedding, with Lexi standing as a bridesmaid. Teresa continues to weather her year-long prison stint, but her once supportive filming partner does not visit her in clink. Bravo is in limbo, scrambling to nail down Teresa’s dicey return strategy, and despite Dina’s increasingly transparent effort to play nice with her family, Bravo does not ask her back.

Lauren Manzo_RHONJLexi Ioannou in her bridesmaid dress at Lauren’s wedding 

By now, the still-married Dina has hooked up with a married man, David Cantin, and begins to live in California with her bicoastal sugar daddy. She announces that she has decided to leave the show — but in reality, after her crash and burn comeback, she was never asked to return. She does appear for a quick kiddie photo, when Teresa is released from the slammer, likely hoping to cross paths with Bravo cameras. No such luck. Dina is now a full-time California girl, well provided for — and again estranged from her family.

Dave Cantin and Dina ManzoDina Manzo and Dave Cantin

Caroline noted last week that the relationship with her sister is “over,” and Chris and Jacqueline appear to be in the same boat. So why make a public spectacle by snarking during a live Bravo broadcast? Opportunity knocked — and put in the corner Dina, just couldn’t resist.

 

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  • MidwestMiddie

    Well said, BeachSpin.
    My guess – Dina got involved with the WWHL show so she could mention her 2016 Cosmetic Line on live TV. Free Ads are about the only way she can promote it.
    It’s another Dina Business Pfft ……

    • Chickpea16

      Like skincare is an original idea and who knows of her anyway. She is so full of herself.

    • LuvsSnark

      Cosmetic line? Figures, since she slathers herself in it all the time. Talk about a vain, self-absorbed human being!

  • RunningWithWine

    Can’t stand Dina never could she always acted like an entitled brat! And everyone knew Caroline protected her with that whole Book debacle! Dina is selfish and self absorbed I’d cut her off to!

  • shayvoe

    And that’s the way it was! Great synopsis!

  • TartLemon

    Whatever happened to Dina’s ‘charity’, LadyBug, which could never produce records of actually helping anyone?

    • MidwestMiddie

      It is still operating but the main site for Ladybug was last updated in 2014, which
      seems strange. On her own personal site, Dina has more recent news about Ladybug.
      Also interesting, Dina describes herself as being a “philanthropist.” Huh?
      The dictionary definition -” a philanthropist – a person who seeks to promote
      the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.”
      So where and when did Dina come into so much money that she now considers
      herself a “philanthropist?”

      • WestCoastFeed

        She’s just like Donald Trump. They both give other people’s money to worthy causes, none of their own money.

        • MidwestMiddie

          Bingo! Which doesn’t make either one of them philanthropists. : )

        • Chickpea16

          And then brag about how wonderful they are.

    • chacha1

      Ladybug money in Dina’s purse, oh no did I say that ????

  • Marsbars09

    I’ll never forget the words Caro uttered at Danielle at that fateful dinner all those years ago about her dysfunctional family, “We’re thick as thieves”. Fast forward to today Caro’s family is broken.
    I read on another website that trouble brewed amongst the Laurita family during Lauren’s wedding. Apparently an argument ensued between some members of the family (I forgot who) and when Chris Manzo tried to break it up his own grandfather (Caro’s father) shoved Chris. I guess Caro didn’t speak to her parents after that.
    The website also reported Dina has never liked Jac. Apparently Chris Laurita was engaged to one of Dina’s friends while he was seeing Jac. When Jac got pregnant Chris dumped Dina’s friend to marry Jac. I wonder if the remainder of the family ever got around to accepting Jac.
    The Manzo-Lauritas’ are just as dysfunctional as the people they stick their nose up on.

    • Chickpea16

      Hi Mars, I read someone got into a fight with Dina’s current boyfriend at the wedding. I think he’s still married.

      • Marsbars09

        That’s right! But I forgot which family member was involved.

  • Marsbars09

    Has anyone ever gotten any racist vibes from the Manzo family? I’ve never felt it but this other website I’ve been reading labels the Manzos’ to be so. They also accuse Vito of being racist.
    I know Al and Tommy had a lawsuit filed against them by a former employee of the Brownstone for which they are accused of making racial slurs against minorities.

    • I’ve heard this as well, Mars.

      • Marsbars09

        Hi Breanna! Do you feel the Manzos’ are racist?

        • They haven’t necessarily given me a reason to, but on certain threads about the Housewives shows that I follow, I have seen this mentioned, even going back to Season 1 I believe. Now do I believe that the Manzoid’s are insufferable human beings with elitist-behaving children? Absolutely!

  • WestCoastFeed

    Dina has maintained, or never corrected, the story that her first husband was George Hadjiapostoli. However Lexi lists her name as Lexi Ioannou. It appears that Dina’s first husband was really Sotiris Ioannou, Hadjiapostoli’s wife’s brother. Why has Dina never corrected this? I can only make guesses as the reason. Could go back to the permission to let Lexi film. I don’t know. But why the continued secrecy?

  • WestCoastFeed

    Jac said in a periscope session recently, that she and Dina are fine. They don’t see each other since Dina is now in Malibu, but they text each other. That leads me to conclude that the Dina-Caroline rift centers around Tommy.

    • Marsbars09

      Or it could be the married man Dina is seeing.

  • LuvsSnark

    Always thought that Dina was a pampered princess and a bit of a snob. Didn’t she meet Tommy or start dating him while she was living with Caro (after her divorce from her first hubby) cuz she didn’t have anywhere else to go? As for all that supposed zen she preached, pffft!

  • GeekyJade

    I can’t with this drama anymore or any drama. I need my bp to stay normal. It’s been fun y’all. Take care. I keep getting attack for my opinions, so yeah, good luck y’all.

    • ???????? Tigerlily ????*·. . ·*·.

      I’m sorry this is happening Geeky, maybe you should consider contacting the mods & show them the posts where you’ve been verbally attacked.

    • Marsbars09

      I’m sorry about that Geeky.

    • JustSayin

      I must have missed the attacks, but I’m sure it’s nothing the block user function can’t take care of ????

      • ???????? Tigerlily ????*·. . ·*·.

        Totally forgot about the ‘block user’ button.Thanks for the reminder JS,

        • JustSayin

          It’s a useful tool, not only for trolls, but just for keeping the peace. There are times, on certain threads or just certain days when I’m feeling some kinda way, when I temporarily block a user, because I know our opinions are so different and I know I won’t be able to stop myself from arguing with them about it, I block them just while I’m on that particular subject, or just for that day. Because I don’t want to come off like I’m trolling them or just trying to pick on their opinions, but if I continue to see them I know I will feel compelled to reply…do you know what I mean?

          • ???????? Tigerlily ????*·. . ·*·.

            Yes, I do. have those days myself here I should keep quiet but sometimes my attitude or my zeal on the subject gets the better of me.
            Smart thinking. Better to opt-out sometimes then start a huge row, (Edit:), over what basically amounts to differing opinions..

          • SassyMcAsspants

            Yes! It works both ways. You can make folks disappear, or check yourself for the moment.

          • JustSayin

            Lol I like that, check yourself for the moment. It’s true!

          • Why is this happening to us?

            Good idea! Never thought to just do a temporary block.

          • JustSayin

            I see it as a way to be respectful of the peace around here.

          • Why is this happening to us?

            For the most part, everyone here gets along. Every once in a while a nut comes in and likes to start stuff up…lol. I will have to remember to use it- thanks for the tip! 🙂

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            It really does keep the peace, but it can be a double age sword when you know someone is saying shit, but you don’t see WHAT they’re saying Haha! But yeah, it’a an awesome tool and worth it.

          • JustSayin

            Lol true, but since when do you care what people (particularly strangers on the internet) say? ????

    • chacha1

      to be honest I have never seen you here and it is always nice to have new people, not chase them away

    • ???? Snarky in Hoboken????

      I hope you decide to stay Geeky. We all have the right to our own opinions & some of us will echo that notion to others as well.

      I don’t care if I agree or disagree with you about whatever either.

    • LuvsSnark

      Hope you decide to stay. This is only supposed to be snarky fun, and I’m sorry you were attacked.

    • BeckyGrey

      It’s ashamed you think you are being attacked. People voicing their opinion that is opposed to yours is not attacking you, unless they say something personal about you. I just had someone call me a petulant child and an adult bully because I made points to another poster opposite of their opinion….Not an attack points to explain my view.
      Don’t let anyone stop you from having fun, not even me!

  • ???????? Tigerlily ????*·. . ·*·.

    Dang Beach! That was an amazing rundown. Perfection. Totally kick-azz GF!

  • chacha1

    Dina still looks like her smelly hairless cat

    • RunningWithWine

      I loved Grandma Wrinkles although found out later it was a HE!

  • ???? Snarky in Hoboken????

    That was an awkwardly funny moment on WWHL. I was waiting for Mama Meatloaf to pull her mic off point…& tell Andy he was DEAD in her eyes…for reading those tweets.

    Dina had the flu. The green NyQuil will get a girl in trouble every time. That shit tastes a little too much like Sambuca…

    • SassyMcAsspants

      Bwahahhahaa!!!! It does taste like Sambuca! Dead on.

      • ???? Snarky in Hoboken????

        I’m always like…it’s been 2 hours. Is it time for anther big shot in the plastic cup? ????

  • WestCoastFeed

    Melissa will be on WWHL tonight, for those of you who can stomach Andy Cohen,
    I’m looking forward to Manzo’d. I hope Christopher reads his new book to a group of four year olds.

  • XOXO

    I’m shocked at how many like Caroline better than Dina. I can’t stand Caroline.

    • RunningWithWine

      I can’t stand Caroline but I can’t stand Dina more! Lol

      • Marsbars09

        I don’t like neither one of them.

        • ???? Snarky in Hoboken????

          Two wrongs don’t make a right. ????

          • Marsbars09

            Huh? 😉

          • ???? Snarky in Hoboken????

            I can’t ever like or root for a person because I don’t like the other person. So they both suck to me.

          • Marsbars09

            So we both agree on the same thing.

          • ???? Snarky in Hoboken????

            Yes we’re two rights that make a right! ????

  • ???? Snarky in Hoboken????

    Hoboken Business Center = cough cough generic office space rentals. In this case for Manzo business that ain’t no business…

  • Alti

    It’s weird b/c Andy does not treat Dina like she was fired. To me, it seems like Dina is one of his favorites out of all the franchises, even to this day. She was a favorite of mine S1, along with Caroline. S6 was terrible. I stopped watching mid-way, but Dina was as good or better than anyone else that terrible season. Otherwise, I know nothing – I stopped closely following NJ.

    • Marsbars09

      I agree Andy seems to have a soft spot for Dina.

    • momow

      I dont recall her being fired either. As far as I remember she wanted out after season 6 and did not want to come back

      • LisaPat

        This is the first I’ve ever heard about Dina being “fired.” Andy is always hinting that he hopes she will return one day when she is ready.

    • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

      The way I remember it, didn’t Dina actually tell Andy or infer at the RHONJ reunion last season that she wasn’t coming back?

      • Alti

        I either didn’t see it or don’t recall, sorry!!!

        • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

          Because I remember thinking although many claim it, Dina was only the second HW who actually left on her own (Kim Zolciak being the first).

          • Alti

            Now that you mention it, that does sound familiar to me re: the first time she left.

        • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

          Yeah she was pretty clear at the reunion and WWHL that SHE was done and Andy seemded bumbed. Interestingly, it seems like Carolyn left on her own as well.

    • Why is this happening to us?

      I think it was actually Dina who started the whole RHONJ. She was the one who had relationships with all the women and she had already been on a reality show prior to NJ. I think she was the one who talked them all into doing it.

  • ???? Snarky in Hoboken????

    So teaching your adult children to reach for the brass ring is…schlepping copious amounts of homemade soap to a Somerset craft fair…while they go on a guys trip to Las Vegas.

    Got it.

  • CB

    Sorry.. i’m all for Dina.. i think there is a lot more to this story.. and Caroline is a wretched human being.. UGH.. always been a fan of Dina and will remain one.. the rest.. with the Lauritas can go far far away.. lol

    • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

      I recall being viciously attacked (on that other site) for saying the same thing.

    • Mary costea

      Exactly what is fan worthy? Her not wanting to know her autistic nephew? Or maybe only caring about Lexi not having a relationship with Chris, but she is indifferent about Chris’s sons.

  • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

    It’s so sad when relationships between siblings end … unfortunately (going through it myself), I can relate:-(

    • Why is this happening to us?

      It is sad. Life’s too short to hold grudges… Hope you find some resolution with your own family.

      • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

        What they did makes it almost impossible to ‘move on’.

        • Why is this happening to us?

          I’m sorry for that. You need to do what you feel is right in your own heart. Sometimes it’s best to just cut the drama out of your life and move on. With some people, it’s the only answer.

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            I don’t want to and I miss them terribly at times, but conspiring behind my back (with my mother) to cut me out of her estate will have lasting effects from here on out. Showing up at Christmas and just ignoring the fact that we’re having dinner on my mother’s china is just weird, or seeing my niece and saying “Hi sweetie I hope you and your new husband are enjoying MY mother’s condo” (*hug hug kiss kiss).

          • Why is this happening to us?

            That’s really gotta hurt. Sorry you are going through all that… Maybe one day you will be able to forgive them and move on. It’s really sad that a death in the family is a time when it should bring grieving family members closer, however some people are so preoccupied with the estate and money, that their true colors come out at the worst time. Unfortunately, your story is common and happens a lot. I guess you have a big decision to make- you could either choose to forgive them and keep your relationship with your family or you can choose to cut them out of your life and lose your family. Maybe you just need some more time…. Perhaps your mom thought you were already successful in your own right and didn’t need the money as much as your siblings.

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            My mom is still very much alive. What happened was she was coerced by my two sisters (behind my back) into moving into a “Shady Pines” (retirement living) … but not before giving away her home, all it’s belongings, and cars to my sister’s daughter and her new husband. I’m in the middle and the only son. So basically, F me.

          • Why is this happening to us?

            Oh that’s terrible. I’m glad to hear she is still alive, but it sucks that all this is going on. Does your mom even know how you feel? To be fair, the assets should have been split amongst the 3 of you, not passed over you and given to your niece. Your sister (niece’s mother) should have given her daughter her 1/3 share if she wanted to, but it shouldn’t have been taken from you and your other sister.

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            Thank you … that’s what I thought. I’ll post the gist of the issue in today’s Open Post section.

          • Why is this happening to us?

            Sounds good.

    • BriannaG

      I can totally relate to this as well. Sometimes you just have to let some relationships go, even with family members. Learned it a hard way….

      • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

        I value family, but I don’t subscribe to the notion that they get a pass for bad and/or disrespectful behavior just because “they are family”. Unfortunately, there is often a snowball effect; people take sides and it eventually affects the innocent bystanders.

  • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

    I wonder whatever happened to that new reality show Dina was a part of about 4 newly single/divorced East coast transplants to California.

    • Why is this happening to us?

      Sounds riveting… ???????????? lol…probably got put on the back burner for that reason.

    • ???? Snarky in Hoboken????

      I think we’ll see “What’s Peter Doing Now?” first.

      That show would probably be about East Coasters issues when in Cali.

      Why don’t these peeps carry cash? Do I have to wait in line behind someone writing a check for $1.17?

      I have $1.17 in cash to give them right now…so I can get out of this store.

  • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

    I didn’t even recognize Lexi … suffice to say she surpassed the ‘awkward’ ugly duckling phase.

  • BriannaG

    I am not a big fan of Caroline,but at this point I dislike Dina a lot more. She always behaved entitled since S1. Like Caroline or not, but she helped Dina a lot (in reality) and took a lot blame for what Dina did in S1 on the show.
    All Dina’s “zen” and “good karma” attitude is fake. She is a gold digger and a homewrecker.
    And a friend of felon. And is passive-aggressive against Caroline. It all says a lot.
    Maybe ending the relationship is good thing for both of them.

  • Betty

    Good recap. Dina is a yawn fest. I hope she enjoys her married boyfriend. I’m sure he is no dummy and will protect his assets. He looks younger also, so he may just drop her when he tires.

  • RonnieRIB

    Just pathetic…Dino…when everybody is telling you you’re dead..it’s time to lie down….

  • YeahThat

    I know this is really bad of me to say…..But…I just want to shampoo and blow out Carolines hair…did I miss that that she is ill?