RHONJ Former Housewives: Where Are They Now? Part I

Lemme tell you somethin about these women

June 20, 2019 12:13pm

They may have been as thick as thieves, but now many of the former RHONJ housewives are gone from our screens. Now that the crazier days of table throwing are over (RIP), we decided to take a look at what some of the original housewives are up to now.

Check out part I of the list of past Jersey housewives below!

Kathy Waklie

For the past few years, Kathy was focusing all her attention on her daughter, Victoria, who thankfully overcame a major health scare involving a brain tumor. Since then, Kathy and her husband, Rich, have embraced part of the Jersey-Italian stereotype and opened their own pizza shop in New Jersey called “Pizza Love.” The name is about as original as white parents naming their daughters Emily (sorry Mom, but we both know it’s true). However, the trusted Yelp mafia seem to enjoy the food, and that’s all that really matters.

we like pizza

Caroline Manzo

With the Manzos, it was a family affair. After Caroline left RHONJ, she got a spin-off show focusing on her immediate family: Manzo’d With Children which lasted three seasons. Caroline became a grandmother in 2017; soon she’ll be intervening in ham games of a whole new generation.  Aside from spending time with family, this Italian mama stays busy working on her soap and candle line, The Friendly Monkey Soap Company.

the ham game

Dina Manzo

There’s bound to be some extra drama when you go on a reality show with your sister. Caroline’s sister, Dina, left the show after tensions rose in her family over her friendships. Shortly after, she had her own HGTV series, Dina’s Party, focused on her party planning business (if you couldn’t tell from the name). Dina got remarried in 2017 in Malibu but just announced her marriage last month. She now lives in California with her husband, Dave Cantin. RHOC producers, please take note.

fixer upper gif

Jacqueline Laurita

Caroline and Dina’s sister-in-law was part of the OG Jersey crew until season 5. She returned for the final time in season seven, and has no problem keeping busy after the show. She’s busy being the cool mom, the entrepreneur, and the activist. Inspired by her son, Jacqueline continues to work for autism awareness and research. She also helps to run a popcorn company, The Little Kernel, with her husband, Chris. The couple donates a portion of the proceeds to an organization that helps provide for autistic children and their families. Anything is better than Autism Speaks, but the involvement of popcorn makes the Lauritas’ endeavor even better.

cool mom Jacqueline

Stay tuned for part II next week!


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