Despite the superstorms and the crazy weather they’ve been getting in New Jersey (all the snow!) the Manzo and Laurita families are staying warm by staying together. Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo tweeted this adorable photo of Jacqueline Laurita‘s son Nicholas hanging out with his Uncle Al at the Manzo mansion on Thursday afternoon.
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The Real Housewives is one of Bravo’s biggest reality hits. The daughters of five ‘Housewives’ sat down with Glamour Magazine’s May issue to dish on what it’s like to live their life in front of the cameras.
Lauren Manzo, daughter of Caroline Manzo- Real Housewives of New Jersey:
On her improved attitude about body image…
“When the show started to become more popular, I had these younger girls say to me on Twitter and Facebook, “I look up to you; I love the fact that you’re not a size 2.” I said to myself, You know what? All these other women are struggling. Let’s put this on the show.”
On being a reality star…
“I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t get caught up in being on TV for a little bit. I said to my boyfriend, Vito, a while ago, “I found a ring that I want. Go buy it, and we’ll get married on TV.” And then I said to myself, That’s not what I want right now. It doesn’t make sense to get married. I need to become a woman on my own. And I don’t think I could do that right now with a ring on my finger.”
Pandora Sabo, daughter of Lisa Vanderpump- Real Housewives of Beverly Hills:
On whether or not to film her wedding…
“I’m a more private person than my mother is. So when Jason proposed, we had to think about how we were going to do this wedding. My mother’s life is on television, but mine really isn’t. I didn’t mind that the planning was on TV, because, to be honest, it’s quite nice to have a record of that. Who else gets to relive picking out their invitations or their bachelorette party? When it came to the actual day, my mother said, “However you want to do it is OK.” I didn’t let Bravo film any of the wedding. I had a regular videographer like many people do. I edited the footage, then chose what I wouldn’t mind people seeing, and we gave eight minutes of it to Bravo to use.”
The hardships of being a reality star…
“I feel like my life is filled with a bunch of one-sided conversations. Everybody knows everything about me, and I know nothing a bout anybody else.” Briana Culberson, daughter of Vicki Gunvalson- Real Housewives of Orange County:
Her attitude towards all of the press…
“The first season, we were kind of shocked because you would google our names and we’d come up. That was huge. At first we were like, “Why are we so important?” Then people would say, “Brianna looks like this” or “Vicki’s fat,” and we’d all be crying about it. Since the first season we haven’t looked at any blogs. I try not to read the press or dig around and see what everyone’s opinion is of us.”
The downsides of being a reality star…
“I’ve seen every episode that’s aired. It’s hard to watch them. Nobody likes to hear their own voice, and it’s weird to see yourself on TV. It’s really tough to see the family things replayed, like my parents split. I’d experienced it six or eight months before, then had to relive it on TV, and that’s when it becomes public. People are approaching me, saying, “I cant believe your parents are getting divorced!” And it reopens the wound.”
Victoria de Lesseps, daughter of Countess LuAnn de Lesseps- Real Housewives of New York City:
How the show affected her school life…
“At my school, everyone’s really down-to-earth. But before, when I was at boarding school, there were some instances when I thought teachers were harder on me because of the show. My roommate would ask for extra help and I would ask for extra help, and I wouldn’t get it. The teacher would make comments to me–nothing bad–but I’d notice it. I can feel when there’s a weird tension.“
Tierra Fuller, daughter of Shereé Whitfiled- Real Housewives of Atlanta:
On being too emotionally invested in the show…
“I find myself getting very angry when I watch the show. Then I’ll talk to my mom, and she’s like, “You know, you can’t get too emotional about it.””
The weird aspects of reality TV fame…
“One time I went back to Nashville for the TSU homecoming, and this older lady came up to me and was like, “Can I get your autograph?” People still give autographs? I thought that was weird.”
On the plus sides of The Real Housewives…
“My mom is doing her thing; I’m trying to get her to make her own workout DVD or her own juicer. A lot of opportunities come out of reality shows, and my mom is my role model.”
After the explosive Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion, Jacqueline Laurita is vowing to never speak to Teresa Giudice again.
And Jacqueline isn’t the only one staying away from Giudice. Caroline Manzo “hasn’t spoken to Teresa in months,” a source says of the pair, who recently wrapped up shooting season four of the Bravo hit. “Every time they get together to film, everyone’s fighting with Teresa.”
After the reunion of The Real Housewives of New Jersey aired Sunday (Oct. 16), Dina Manzo took to her Facebook page to address the drama that now currently involves herself.
“Please refrain from making assumptions. I didn’t take any sides,” Dina posted on her official Facebook page Monday. “I’m not involved in their drama, I removed myself from all of that a long time ago but somehow still get dragged in.”
“Teresa has nothing to do with my relationship with my sister,” Dina clarified to Us Weekly. “I had no idea of their discord until very recently.”
“I am at a very good place in my life with my foundation, Project Ladybug, helping so many children with cancer and my new show Dina’s Party on HGTV,” she added.
But what about her relationship with Caroline? “I’m sure in time [it] will mend itself,” she told Us. “To quote a favorite saying of mine, ‘This too shall pass.’”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey is having as much off-screen drama as it is on-screen.
Sister and former co-stars Caroline and Dina Manzo are not on speaking terms due to the drama involving Teresa Giudice. Dina has always been a Giudice ally and Caroline is not having any of it. She’s “done.”
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