If you’re a “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fan (you know you secretly are), then you really need to read Jaimie Etkin’s interview with Caroline Manzo. It’s very honest, funny and a tiny bit sad, especially this part about her relationship with sister and former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Dina Manzo.
And now, most viewers of the show know — from the Season 3 reunion and the Season 4 trailer — that Teresa has driven a wedge between you and Dina. When I first saw that, it broke my heart. How are you two now?
It’s the same. And if it breaks your heart, can you imagine how I feel? I remember the day she was born. I decorated her cradle. I remember when my mom told me she was pregnant with her. I’m 11 years older than Dina. She’s more than my baby sister, but again, I have never shied away from anything negative and I’ve said many many times, “Look at the footage.” We fight. I’m one of 11 kids. We fight all the time. And a fight can last a day, a week, a month, a year, who knows? But we always come back, and Dina will be back.
It’s not just me. If it were just me, I would have to look and say, “Okay, Caroline. What’d you do? What’d you say?” And I don’t know and I still don’t know, but I’m going to leave it at that. Whatever beating I take in the press and through the court of public opinion, I’m willing to take that beating because I won’t hurt my parents. I don’t want to make this into something bigger than what it should be. It’s a very personal thing. It’s a very hurtful thing. But in time, we will mend and quite frankly, the only people that I have to worry about what they feel is my family. And I will always behave in a manner that will make them proud and I’ll show my kids that sometimes, you gotta take a little beating in life to do the right thing. I’m willing to take the beating.
Read the rest of the interview here.