7 Former Real Housewives Of New Jersey: Where Are They Now?
The Real Housewives of New Jersey stands out among all the other Real Housewives shows because for a long time the cast was almost entirely made up of relatives and long time friends. Today there’s a little more variety in the cast in terms of friends and relatives, but for a long time RHONJ was a serious family affair. The show has been around since 2009 and is now onto the seventh season, but of course with each new season means new Housewives. Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise is known for having a high turn over rate when it comes to cast members, so there are many former Real Housewives who no longer appear on the show — but where do they go? Back to their normal lives we suppose! Here’s a closer look at what these 7 former Real Housewives of New Jersey are up to now!
7. Caroline Manzo
Caroline Manzo was one of the original cast members of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but she left the show in 2014 after the fifth season. This Manzo matriarch was a fan favorite for many viewers because she was often the voice of reason among all the other ladies; she didn’t put up with any nonsense and has strong respectable family values. Luckily for her fans, she wasn’t gone from TV long. She and her husband, Albert Manzo scored their own Bravo show called Manzo’d with Children which is now onto the third season. The show follows Caroline and her family, who we all got to know quite well while she was on RHONJ, through all their business ventures and relationships. Lauren Manzo, Caroline’s daughter married long-time boyfriend Vito Scalia in July 2015 on the show, and her two other sons, Albie and Chris Manzo are both working hard to build up their businesses — BLK water, their restaurants, and Chris’s new children’s book called Oliver Brightside You Don’t Want That Penny. Albert continues to run the Brownstone business and Lauren recently announced she and Vito are expecting their first child together which means Caroline is about to become a grandmother!
6. Dina Manzo
Dina Manzo has been a cast member on The Real Housewives of New Jersey on and off over the past seven seasons. She was a main cast member for season 1 and 2, then a guest in season 4 and a main cast member once again in season 6. Being on the Real Housewives alongside her family ended badly for Dina. She began feuding with her sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita and her sister Caroline Manzo which is why she left the series after two seasons. She only returned when Caroline and Jacqueline both left and since then her relationship with her family has continued to go up and down. Fans of the show get mixed messages from both Caroline and Dina — they briefly reconciled in 2014, but since Caroline recently appeared on WWHL and said their relationship is nonexistent, they are once again on the outs. During her hiatus between season 4 and 6 she produced an off-broadway comedy called My Big Gay Italian Wedding and starred in Dina’s Party on HGTV which followed her event planning company. Dina now lives in California and is dating 36-year-old Dave Cantin, a commercial broker. Her divorce from Tommy was finalized in February 2016. Manzo claims she was offered a spot on season 7, but turned it down because she no longer lives in New Jersey. She’s also been focused on her nonprofit organization, Project Ladybug, which focuses on giving financial and emotional aid to children and families undergoing serious medical treatments.