Dina Manzo

Real Housewives of New Jersey didn’t seem like Dina Manzo‘s happy place when she reluctantly appeared on it in her last season. But no matter! She’s found her happy place in real life now, with younger love interest, businessman Dave Cantin. The couple met through work in Dina’s charitable organization, Project Ladybug.

After her divorce, Dina says she was sort of “done” with dating. “I was fine just never falling in love again,” says Dina, but adds “you know, I guess some things happen when you’re not really looking for it.” Cantin was also in the process of divorcing when the duo met. Dina attributes their compatibility to their shared passion for helping others. She says she and Dave are both “really passionate about helping children with cancer,” which is the mission of Project Ladybug.

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Page Six reports that Dina, who has been living in Malibu since her divorce was finalized in April, has no plans to return to RHONJ. I assume her close friendship with Teresa Giudice continues, especially in light of Dina being godmother to Teresa‘s youngest daughter, Audriana.

Further complicating matters is Dina‘s eternal connection to her ex-husband, who is the brother of Caroline Manzo‘s husband. Dina and Caroline are reportedly on better footing these days, but it seems like we won’t see much of that on film this coming season, give the fact that both sisters have exited the franchise.

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We will, apparently, see Teresa and former nemesis Melissa Gorga playing out their new fake roles as “BFFs” this season though! (Is this the apocalypse!?)

As for Dina, she gushes about the deep connection she feels with Cantin: “We know there’s a bigger reason for us meeting than just, you know, getting along and being attracted to each other.”

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