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Frank Catania Says That Dolores Catania’s New Boyfriend Paul Connell “Has A Little Bit Of An Issue With Me”

No one was surprised when Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dolores Catania  finally broke up with her boyfriend, Dr. David Principe. I was more shocked by long-time friend Teresa Giudice not inviting Dolores to her and Luis “Louie” Ruelas’ engagement party.

Last season, the RHONJ cast shaded Dolores because David bought her a car and not an engagement ring. Even Dolores’ ex-husband and bestie forever, Frank Catania, acknowledged that David “sucks as a boyfriend.”  Even though Frank has proclaimed that he is her “soulmate,” Dolores has moved on with a new man. Let’s hope that there are no giant red flags. I’m looking at you, Louie. Just saying.

In December of 2021, the Instagram account bravohousewives shared a photo of a man at the beach, accompanied by text reading “@paul g connellDolores’ boo also goes by the name Paulie Connell.

During an appearance on Watch What Happens LiveDolores shared that her friend arranged a blind date with Paul. So, who has met Dolores’ man so far? Both Jennifer Aydin and Margaret Josephs have met Paul, and he has chatted with Teresa on FaceTime.

According to Reality Blurb!, Dolores and Frank discussed her new boyfriend on the RHONJ: After Show. Spoiler alert: Frank is not happy.

“His name’s Paul Connell. He’s amazing. I admire him so much,” Dolores remarked. “He’s an awesome guy. He’s from Dublin, Ireland, so he’s not a Jersey guy.” Hopefully he can hang and keep up with the alcohol-fueled Jersey husbands.

Margaret is one of Paul’s biggest fans. “I’ve met him. I’ve had dinner with him. He’s been to my house,” Margaret stated. “I adore him. He’s fabulous.”

Joe Benigno, who is married to Margaret, called Paul a “really, really nice guy” who also happens to be “smart, rich, [and] good looking.” What’s not to love, right? Joe admitted that Paul was “puzzled” by Frank and Dolores’ close relationship. RHONJ co-star Joe Gorga commented that he “sensed a little jealousy” from Frank.

Frank said, “I’ve met him once. He was nice. [But] quite honestly, Dolores seems to be keeping him away from me.” He continued, “I seem to be hitting some walls. Because I think he has a little bit of an issue with me.”

Dolores said that her new man and Frank “get along great.” She continued, “They haven’t seen each other a lot. This is still new. But Paul is a very confident, strong guy. That’s what it takes to handle this so I’m good.” You go, girl! “They’ve met. I have no worries here,” Dolores commented.

Now let’s dive into Dolores and Frank’s latest living arrangements. These two are always switching up addresses. Dolores is living alone in a townhouse. Frank has decided to build his own house.


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“I really do want to be settled. Right now, everything’s in limbo,” Frank said. “Dolores is back at the house, the kids are at the house and mainly, I’m at David’s.” Frank added, “I guess you could say [we’re roommates]… I don’t know if you’d call it [a] bachelor pad but it’s an interesting concept.” Yay?

David is one of my best friends, whether Dolores is with him or not with him. We still socialize a lot. It’s a unique situation,” Frank stated. You can say that again. “It’s evolving… My kids stop over to see David periodically, stay in touch with him all the time.” Dolores’ kids were so disappointed when Dolores dumped David.

David is still very, very close with us. So, hopefully Dolores’ new boyfriend doesn’t have an issue with that,” Frank stated. “I’m not sure [if he will]. I would love to sit down and talk to him about it, but he never seems to want to talk to me,” he added.

I am crossing my fingers that we get to see Frank and Paul interact on RHONJ next season.


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