RHONJ's Dina Manzo shares the tough lessons she's learned from her divorce

Nov 25, 2015 at 5:08 p.m. ET
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Manzo recently went through a very public divorce. She still frequently feels sad about her split from Tommy Manzo, but she believes she's learned a lot — and she hopes her journey will help other women.

Manzo has her fair share of haters, but a lot of women find her very relatable. She returned to The Real Housewives of New Jersey on a full-time basis in the midst of one of the most difficult times of her life and in doing so, aired quite a bit of dirty laundry on television. However, the public nature of her ordeal has allowed her to connect with many women, both via TV and on social media.

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During a recent chat with Cooper Lawrence and Vikki Ziegler on the podcast Hollywood Hookups and Breakups, Manzo shared a few insights into her difficult divorce, as well as the journey she's undertaken since leaving Tommy Manzo. She was not willing to share specific details about the drama that preceded the divorce (drama that is believed to include infidelity from her husband), but she did explain, "Tommy and I were having problems... but there comes a point in a woman's life when you hit your 40s. It happened to me when I hit 40. I was like, 'There's only so much of this I'm going to take.'"

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Now that she's between seasons of RHONJ, Manzo is focusing on using her Twitter and Instagram pages to help others who, due to divorce or other difficult situations, may currently be down in the dumps. She admitted that she resonates with fans because they recognize that she struggles with crushing sadness from time to time. "I'm going through it, and it's tough. You have your really low days and some days you're fine and some days you're really optimistic." She thinks that it's important for her fans to remember that they're "going to have ups and downs" and that they are more than capable of working through those inevitable down days.

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Although her divorce has resulted in a ton of sadness and anxiety, it has also taught Manzo a lot about herself. The ordeal has reminded her of the importance of turning to spirituality to get her through tough times. She strives to maintain a positive mindset, but she's also "learned that it's OK to break down once in a while." Additionally, Manzo has discovered that she is far stronger than she used to think.

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