Jacqueline Laurita is the Problem Between Dina Manzo and Her Siblings Chris Laurita and Caroline Manzo; Teresa Giudice Blogs That ‘Joe and I Are Great’ and That ‘My Heart is Still Broken for My Brother and His Family’ (Updated 10/16/2012)
October 15, 2012 239 Comments
Here is the full conversation between Jacqueline and Caroline in the final episode of season 1 after the infamous table flip went down:
C: That’s my family….
J: …You came to me and you were like, “I know what Dina is (here Chris immediately tries to stop Jacqueline from continuing the conversation, but Jacqueline was not paying him any mind and continues), don’t you think I know what she is, I know”…..
(cuts to TH of Danielle)
J: …You were like, “Feel sorry for her, feel sorry.” How could I feel sorry for her when you know what she is? (Here, someone, I believe Chris, begins to lightly whistle in an effort to stop the conversation.)
C: Because you’re wrong….
(again cuts to TH of Danielle)
J: …You said you knew too (Caroline is repeating “Jacqueline, Jacqueline”… but Jacqueline continues with a sly grin, pointing at Caroline) …and your husband said he knew……
C: Jacqueline, you know who you’re hurting? My parents…..
Talking head interviews:
Jacqueline in her TH: In the end I feel good that I told the truth as I saw it. I just hope that they can love and respect and accept me for the decisions that I make.
Dina in her TH: Jacqueline, obviously, was misinformed. Here’s my thing: you wanna stick up for your friend, that’s great, I admire that, but know what you’re talking about first.
Caroline in her TH: Has it affected my relationship with Jacqueline? Probably not. Has it affected Dina’s relationship with Jacqueline? Yes. Does it bother me? Absolutely.
At the end, when Danielle is outside with her daughters:
Danielle: See what happens to Dina when she messes with me — her own family turned against her on that one.
Jacqueline Laurita is the problem between Dina and her siblings Chris Laurita and Caroline Manzo:
Jacqueline clearly turned on Dina during the dinner at the season 1 finale where Danielle Staub’s book was brought out in the open and Teresa subsequently flipped a table. Here are bits of the argument:
Teresa: Should we tell the kids to go outside, so they don’t here the discussion? [No one else seems concerned about it and Danielle says her kids can stay.]
Danielle: I know Dina revealed the book… and I know that her sister Caroline was with her on that day.
Caroline: I’m the one that told them (Jacqueline turns to look at Chris).
Danielle: That’s not what I heard.
Dina to Danielle: You told a vicious lie that could hurt me and my child (Jacqueline smirks).
Caroline: I took it to Chateau (Jacqueline, opens mouth, turns to Chris).
Jacqueline to Caroline and Dina: You two came into the salon and were showing it to everyone. The same person who told me told her.
Dina and Jacqueline argue, Jacqueline says to Dina: You’re trying to act like you had nothing to do with it… you’re lying.
Dina to Jacqueline: You are two faced, two faced. You’re not her friend (points to Danielle).
Jacqueline to Dina: You’re two faced!
Jacqueline pointing her finger at Dina: You’re such a liar Dina! I’m not covering for you anymore.
Dina to Jacqueline: You’re not. You never did.
Caroline to Jacqueline: Jacqueline, enough.
Jacqueline: I’m not lying.
At the end of the heated exchanged (see the full conversation at the top of this article):
Jacqueline to Caroline: I know you begged me not to tell the truth (Caroline leans over and says “Jacqueline!”), but that’s not fair.
Caroline in her TH: I understood where Chris was coming from. He had to diffuse the situation; he’s in an uncomfortable spot. It’s his wife. It’s his sister. It’s his wife’s good friend.
Caroline: You know who you’re hurting? My parents, Jacqueline.
Jacqueline: Family or not, what’s right is right, what’s true is true.
Jacqueline has intentionally tried to hurt Dina since season 1 premiered, and she is the reason that Dina is not speaking to her brother, because, as Jacqueline’s husband, he did nothing to stop her. Caroline also stood by and did nothing to stop Jacqueline’s attempts to hurt Dina, and this is why Dina also is not speaking to Caroline.
Jacqueline, holding a grudge against Dina, gave Danielle all the information about Dina’s custody issue so she could use it as ammunition against Dina. Remember during season 2 that Jacqueline said it was Dina going after Danielle, but it was really Caroline. Jacqueline stabbed Dina in the back and caused trouble with her custody issue… how’s that for a loyal sister-in-law (no wonder she defends Melissa over her long-time friend Teresa — they are two peas in a pod)? Another theory is that Danielle didn’t go to the producers to try to cause problems for Dina: it was Lexi’s aunt who asked Danielle about it and Danielle confirmed that both parent’s needed to give permission for Lexi to be on camera, and then Danielle gave the aunt the producer’s number, which she gave to Lexi’s father. At the reunion, Caroline was crying and saying, ‘You know what you did!’, and was pointing at Danielle. She was overly dramatic and never actually revealed what the problem was, which is her M.O. Caroline was the one who was upset when it should have been Dina, who was trying to stop them from talking about it. Caroline spun that story likes she spins everything, and both Jacqueline and Caroline were the ones stirring the pot and bringing up on camera Dina’s custody issue, which she wanted to remain private. [See comments from IMDb.com about this at the end of this article].
In September 2010, Jacqueline, holding a grudge against Dina, went to LynnNChicago with a story that Dina’s Project Ladybug Foundation was not legit; it caused Dina a lot of problems just as the project was getting up and running; and, to make matters worse, Caroline did not back Dina.
Apparently there was an issue with Dina’s charity where something was filled out incorrectly on a tax form — it was a mistake, which was being corrected, but Jacqueline, hiding behind the title of ‘inside source’, gave the story to LynnNChicago. She made it seem like Dina’s charity was a fraud. Caroline wasn’t saying or doing anything to stop the bad press Dina was receiving. Then Dina went on Caroline’s Twitter page and tweeted support for herself as Caroline. In response, Lauren (or Ashley) went and said that Caroline’s Twitter had been hacked (basically denying that they were supporting Dina).
According to another insider — again, most likely Jacqueline: “Project Ladybug was a charity started by ALL the Laurita sisters. When Dina went on the show [RHONJ], she took it over as if she was the founder and the blood, sweat, and tears behind it. She wanted the glory and the attention associated with Project Ladybug. She wanted to look like the hero.” Caroline and their other sister, Cookie Laurita, allowed Dina to take the lead and downplayed their involvement, but Dina “only speaks of Project Ladybug as if it were her own.”
Bottom line: the source for the LynnNChicago blog about Dina’s charity is Jacqueline, and Jacqueline would not have planted this story without Caroline’s backing.
Jacqueline has always had a nasty habit of running to the press and being an insider on different stories. She will go to magazines, blogs, and will even direct message people on Twitter. When she does this, she will often say nasty things, depending on who she is mad at or how she is feeling.
“If I get hurt I get nasty, and I got nasty because I was hurt.” – Jacqueline Laurita, Season 4 Episode 15
Here are excerpts from stories about Project Ladybug, all written because of the rumors being spread by Jacqueline to hurt Dina [more on it here]:
“Dina Manzo’s temper got the better of her once again this week as people have been questioning her Project Ladybug charity. A document that I posted a few days ago, that I received from a Twitter friend (@Geoaubsmom), has sparked the interest of many people questioning how their donations to Project Ladybug are being used… Between the parody accounts and the Project Ladybug.pdf getting tweeted often by me to followers, different people, including Dina, she got fed up. Dina started on a tirade about haters and tweetholes… If Project Ladybug is completely legitimate, Dina Manzo should have nothing to hide; her anger and using sick children to gain sympathy for her cause really has to make you question what she’s doing here.” – Lynn Hudson, September 29, 2010, LynnNChicago101.wordpress.com (The Story That Started Charitygate)
“In an internet radio interview, @Geoaubsmom asked Jacqueline Laurita outright on Twitter if she heard the recent interview that Carly Hall did regarding Dina Manzo’s Project Ladybug Charity. Here is Jacqueline’s response on October 17, 2010: @JacLaurita: @geoaubsmom ‘I have. What do you expect me to say? I’m not getting involved in that. So I will just say, NO COMMENT to all those asking’.” – Lynn Hudson, October 18, 2010, LynnNChicago101.wordpress.com
“LynnNChicago has added to ‘Project Ladybug Woes’ on her site. It has now become a collection of document(s) and screen-shots of bizarre TWITTER messages. People who have made innocent (ok, maybe skeptically innocent) inquiries into the PL (PROJECT LADYBUG) financials have been met with emotionally charged messages, like ‘you are trying to hurt sick children!!!’ to THREATS that they have been reported to ‘authorities’. Lynn’s blog is abuzz with talk of PL today, and one commenter posted a link to a recent newspaper article (August 2010) that boasts donations of $20,000.” – Dina’s Still Being Pestered About PROJECT LADYBUG, September 30, 2010, North Jersey.com
Jacqueline gave an exclusive interview to LynnNChicago, published on April 23, 2012, where she spread more rumors about Dina:
“There is a Trump connection, they have the same publicist company and the charity that Teresa is playing for is also Trump’s” Jac told me.
Fascinating! Jacqueline told us that Teresa’s Celebrity Apprentice charity NephCure Foundation is one that is near and dear to Trump and that Teresa may have chosen it with a little nudge from Trump’s people as she met this family at a Trump event. Regardless of why she chose it, it is an excellent charity.
Jacqueline confirmed that Dina Manzo had hopes that Teresa would chose her charity, “Project Ladybug” and that it would explain why Dina broke her vow to avoid all of the Jersey Housewives and film with Teresa.
Jacqueline brought up Dina Manzo, she told me that her sister-in-law doesn’t speak to any of the Housewives,
“Dina doesn’t talk to any of us anymore, she decided to stay away from all of us that were involved with the show, she wanted to be on her own”.
Before I could ask about Dina’s involvement with Teresa, Jacqueline offered,
“Teresa reached out to Dina and I still don’t know why Dina agreed to film with her, they’re not friends now.”
I asked Jacqueline what she thought of Dina’s show, “well, it got picked up for another season” was all I could get out of her.
Jacqueline may also be holding a grudge against Dina because Dina was good friends with Chris Laurita’s fiancé, who Chris left for Jacqueline because she got pregnant by him during their affair in Las Vegas while he was engaged. According to tweets from Danielle Staub in October/November 2011, Jacqueline “took her now husband from Jen his fiance”; Jen was Danielle’s “nail girl” and “Dina Manzo’s then best friend”; both Jen and Dina worked at Nisha. Apparently Chris Laurita was in a relationship with one of Dina Manzo’s friends, Jen (who worked at Nisha), when he met Jacqueline, and he cheated on Jen with Jacqueline. This may be why Dina never got along with Jacqueline because, in Dina’s mind, she broke up her friend’s relationship with her brother.
“Jacqueline took her now husband from Jen his fiancé... Jen told me all about Jacqueline when she was my nail girl and Dina Manzo’s then best friend (both worked at Nisha).” – Danielle Staub, October 10, 2011, Twitter
During part 3 of the season 4 reunion special, Dina Manzo tweeted her frustration with Chris Laurita and Caroline Manzo and said that it has nothing to do with Teresa Giudice:
“#bullshit #bullshit #bullshit. I have 11 siblings I stay away from 2 of them. Do the math. I’m not going to say negative things about my siblings & go into why we don’t speak. But it’s not fair how they portray me as they bad guy. Not fair at all and it only fuels the hurt… I’ll end it at that. Turning the tv off now. Do you think for a second if I felt love from them I would stay away?? This has nothing to do with Teresa BTW.” – Dina Manzo, October 13, 2012, Twitter (During the Premiere of Part 3 of the Season 4 Reunion Special)
On October 15, 2012, in Teresa Giudice’s final Bravo blog for season 4, she says that she and Joe are great and her heart is still broken for her brother and his family:
“I’ve found that the people that are my true fans, who stick by me, encourage me, and have become part of my new extended family aren’t blindly part of ‘Teresa’s Army’ — it’s actually the opposite. They’re the ones who’ve taken the time to look at the whole picture and know a real person isn’t just one catchphrase or comment or scene or mistake. Thank you all. I am YOUR loyal fan!
“And so our season is over! Thank goodness! It was a rough one, at least for me. (Again.) It does make me sad that the other women on my show all wanted to get together to try and take me down. But I guess it’s nothing new. Every city seems to have a Housewife that the other cast members suddenly stop getting along with — Bethenny, NeNe, Lisa — but they shake it off and keep being successful. So at least I’m in good company!
“I’m not proud of how I let the other women get to me at the reunion, how I lashed back and said things I regret now. I wish I had more control, I tried to stay in control, but I had just let the entire season of them saying things behind my back and plotting against me get to me. It’s hard to shrug off when it’s family. It built up, and I didn’t handle it perfectly. I wish I had. I wish I was perfect, but I’m not. But I’m not going to beat myself up about it, and I’m not going to let the bad get me down.
“My Juicy Joe and I are great. He’s still my best friend and my rock. One of the best things about him is that he just doesn’t care about the B.S. You need people like that in your life, especially if you work in the B.S. Industry! And my girls, my beautiful gorgeous girls, are great! My baby Audriana just turned 3, can you believe it? And my Gia is almost 12!
“My heart is still broken for my brother and his family. Only time will tell what the future holds for us. Right now, I just can’t look back.
“You know, there was this movie when I was kid in the ‘70s called The Gumball Rally where these guys were all racing across the country and Franco, the Italian guy, says, ‘And now, my friend, the first rule of Italian driving,’ and then rips off the rearview mirror from his car. ‘What’s behind me is not important,’ he says. I always loved that scene, and it’s true. We have to keep looking forward to move forward. I’ve ripped off the rearview mirror. The road ahead is so exciting, and I hope you’ll stay on it with me!”