Dina Manzo may look like she has it together, but the truth is she is a mess. Dina has a condition that afflicts other members of her family… low self esteem.
Prior to her gig on Real Housewives of New Jersey Dina and her fiancé Tommy Manzo were featured on a VH1 show called “My Big Fabulous Wedding”. It aired in July 2007. The show was about couples throwing insanely over the top weddings. It was on this show Dina revealed her insecurities.
Dina and Tommy were having a huge Italian wedding. She and her sister Caroline Manzo plan the affair together. Everything Dina wants she wants in an over abundance. She was trying to hide her insecurities behind the over the top décor, cake and wedding dress. Tommy told Dina she had unlimited funds to plan the wedding. She took advantage of his generosity.
During the episode Dina revealed that Tommy cheated on her several times. She looks at him with a half smile and he looks into the camera. Tommy said “I was a bad boy” while sporting a gigantic smirk. Clearly he wasn’t sorry for what he did. If Dina had a better sense of self she would have dumped this loser and found someone better. I wonder if she went a few rounds with big sister Caroline about whether or not to stay in the relationship. The red haired dragon is a bossy control freak around everyone in her life. This is how Caroline hides her insecurities.
Tommy took Dina for granted when planning the wedding. He invited more people to his wedding every day. That left Dina in a bind, having to makes calls to ensure everyone gets an invitation and a seat at the reception. Dina asked Tommy to stop inviting people but he ignored her request. Tommy also refused to help in the wedding planning. He told Dina he was too busy working. She was in tears. Dina decided to marry Tommy anyway. My guess is she wanted the security he could give her. Dina was a single mother and was probably looking for someone to take care of her and her daughter. Dina is a successful interior decorator. She didn’t marry Tommy for money, she married him because she didn’t feel worthy of being with someone who would respect her.
After 7 years of marriage Dina and Tommy are divorcing. Despite being separated Dina still depends on Tommy. It’s been reported she did not immediately move out because she could not afford to support her and her daughter. This led to Dina making a difficult decision out of desperation. She signed on for another season of Real Housewives of New Jersey. This is the same show Dina left because she felt the stress and drama were too much for her. It’s also been reported Dina is also still sleeping with Tommy. This scumbag has a hold on her.
Dina needs help. She needs to find out who she really is and embrace it.
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