Caroline Manzo: Teresa Wanted to Destroy My Family
On part one of the explosive New Jersey reunion show, Teresa brought up an apparent rift between Caroline and her sister, former Housewife Dina Manzo. But Teresa later said, "I don't get Caroline's problem with me."
Now, in a new blog on Bravotv.com, Caroline clearing up any confusion and revealing her reasons for wanting to keep the "sad situation" between her and Dina out of the spotlight.
"My fear in having this issue exposed had nothing to do with me at all. It was all about my parents," Caroline writes. "Teresa knew how important it was to me to keep the Dina issue hidden, but ... she finally had her moment at the reunion. Did she think I would deny it? Congratulations, Teresa, the only thing you succeeded in doing was hurting my parents. What a fool I've been in my efforts to bring your family together when it was your intent to destroy mine from the start."
During the reunion, Caroline revealed that Teresa said she never planned to make up with her brother, Joe Gorga, and had called him "an a------." Teresa denied this and called Caroline a liar.
But if Caroline is so interested in keeping family business away from the cameras, why did she bring that up? Caroline insists she was telling the truth, but says she regrets the comment.
"I will never forget the look on Joe Gorga's face when he saw the clip of me outing Teresa's true feelings about reconciling with him," she says." "Many of you think Teresa said this to me in confidence, not true, it was widely known and said to others beside myself. Joe didn't deserve to hear that, and I wish I never said it."
And before signing off her blog post, Caroline says she doesn't take Teresa's comments – whether it's what she said at the reunion or in her cookbook – too seriously.
"She can never hurt me, because I take into account where it's coming from," she writes. "Unlike you, Teresa, I can look in the mirror and hold my head high knowing that I have always given the best of myself to my family and friends. I live my life with integrity and self-respect."