For years, Real Housewives of New Jersey fans have been following the longstanding feud between Caroline and Dina Manzo. Seeing as it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with the ups and downs that have certainly followed this sister relationship over the years, it only seems appropriate to create a timeline.
Obviously, not everything can be detailed, especially since there is still a lot both Caroline and Dina probably have not spoken about publicly. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t list what they have divulged in interviews and on social media.
It all started around the time Dina left RHONJ in the middle of Season 2, which aired in June 2010. As she wrote in a personal blog post in October 2011 after her exit, “During this time some things that I will NOT get into did happen behind the scenes with certain family members and there is no right or wrong really…it depends on who you ask.” She revealed later on in her blog, “I feel bad that my relationship with my sister and her family is strained, but I can assure you that one day it will be back to the way it was. I don’t like fighting, I don’t like drama, I don’t like confrontation, I don’t agree with ganging up on someone (one of the other reasons why I left season 2) and I don’t need to share anymore than that.”
So with that, here is a video timeline roundup of Dina and Caroline’s feud that will pretty much give you the gist of what happened in the past and their current situation.
1. September 2013: Dina says there isn’t one specific cause
While sitting down with OWN’s Where Are They Now?, Dina said not one specific event caused the issues between herself and her family, but rather the negativity and the friction that occurred became magnified. Dina also explained that she felt it would then be played out on camera and she didn’t want that to happen.
2. January 2014: Dina doesn’t like cliques
“Right now, we’re just not in the same clique. It doesn’t mean I hate her,” Dina told Bethenny Frankel while appearing on Bethenny. She made it seem like everything would be fine in due time, but at that exact moment, there was a distance between them.
3. Nov. 3, 2014: Dina dishes on RHONJ Season 6 reunion
During the Season 6 reunion taping (which aired Nov. 3, 2014), Dina said that she hardly knew Jacqueline Laurita and her brother Chris Laurita’s son Nicholas, revealed she wasn’t invited to her niece Lauren Manzo’s engagement party and even said how much she loves both Caroline and Chris.
4. Nov. 3, 2014: Caroline wants Dina to “grow up”
While appearing on Watch What Happens Live, Caroline opened up about Dina’s Season 6 reunion comments and admitted that not only did she not invite Dina to her daughter’s engagement party, but she opened the floodgates about Dina distancing herself from her family. She even said, “Dina has to grow up.” In regards to this interview, Dina responded on Twitter by writing, “I spend EVERY holiday with family just not THAT [clique]. There’s 11 of us and my parents.”
5. December 2014: Everybody is A-OK
Believe it or not, around the holidays in 2014, Dina came over to Caroline’s huge family gathering. The proof was in the photos, as shown above. As Jacqueline told RadarOnline in December 2014, “We all mutually decided to stop the nonsense and move forward in a positive way. We even had Thanksgiving together for the first time and it was peaceful and normal and great to have everyone together.”
6. July 2015: Dina attends Lauren’s wedding
During a July 2015 WWHL appearance, Melissa Gorga revealed that not only was Dina’s daughter, Lexi, a bridesmaid in Lauren’s wedding, but that Dina was also in attendance. “Yes she was at the church. I didn’t see her at the reception, but she was at the church.”
7. Aug. 16, 2015: Caroline confirms she and Dina are speaking
During the Aug. 16, 2015 broadcast of Manzo’d With Children, Caroline briefly touched upon her relationship with Dina and said her sister texted her, they hashed it out, they made amends and that’s that.
8. Aug. 17, 2015: Caroline says everything is still all good
Once again while appearing on WWHL, Caroline opened up about her status with Dina. At the time of the interview, everything was “friendly” and “nice” between the sisters.
9. September 2016: Caroline and Dina are no more
In a surprising turn of events, Caroline told Andy Cohen on WWHL that she and Dina are now no longer speaking. She said, “You can’t get blood out of a rock.” Dina responded to Caroline’s comments in a long Twitter rant and said, “I was told NEVER to reach out/speak to her or her family again. Disinvited to holidays? But I’m the rock she’s trying to get blood out of?” She added after a few other tweets, “I’ve kept my mouth shut for yrs to protect my parents & husband at the time. I’m done. My parents can’t be hurt anymore than they are now. So go ahead get all the attention you want for your show…while you’re at it call your parents. DONE.”
Who knows if Caroline and Dina will reconcile again, but they certainly know how to keep a feud going.
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