Thursday, November 8, 2018

Former Real Housewives Of New Jersey Stars: Where Are They Now?

Thanks to a new article from Us Weekly, we are getting an update on how former Real Housewives of New Jersey stars are doing since they left the show. Since Danielle Staub returned to the show, she will not be on this list.

This list only focuses on former full-time cast members, so there will be no updates on "Friends of the Housewives." Check it out below!

Amber Marchese’s post-Bravo life has been a bit more dramatic than her one season on the Bravo hit reality series. After announcing her departure from the show in November 2015 — and claiming her onscreen arguments with costars Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano were staged — Amber and her husband, Jim, appeared on season 6 of Marriage Boot Camp. While the duo fought about Jim’s drinking and Amber admitted she had an affair with another woman, the twosome are still together as of November 2018 and raising their two young kids, Isabella and Corbin. The couple faced another hurtle, however, in May 2016 after Jim was arrested for domestic assault after an alleged incident on a flight. Both Amber and Jim publicly denied any abuse took place and sued Virgin America and the flight attendant who claimed to see the abuse on the plane. The Blast reported in August 2018 that Amber dropped the lawsuit.

After surviving a battle with breast cancer in 2009, Amber revealed in September 2016 that her cancer had returned, but she finished treatment and was back in the clear. Months earlier, Marchese also revealed that she was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Professionally, Amber switched her focus from reality TV to real estate and works as a real estate agent in Manalapan, New Jersey.

Caroline Manzo left RHONJ after five seasons in October 2013 and began filming a spinoff series that followed her family called Manzo’d With Children. Her new show premiered in October 2014 and ran for three seasons until Caroline announced in March 2017 that the network was not moving forward with a fourth season. Caroline, who has three adult children with her husband, Albie, became a grandmother in February 2017 when her daughter, Lauren, and son-in-law Vito Scalia welcomed their daughter, Marchesa. Caroline also sells soap through her Etsy store, The Friendly Monkey Soap Company.

Dina Manzo appeared on the first two seasons of RHONJ, before taking a break until season 6. In between seasons 3 and 5, Dina filed for divorce from her husband Tommy and hosted her own party-planning series, Dina’s Party, on HGTV. Following her second departure from RHONJ in 2015, Dina moved to California and started a relationship with Dave Cantin. In May 2017, Dina and Dave were attacked at their second home in Holmdel, New Jersey, by two masked robbers, who stole cash and jewelry before fleeing the scene. The following year, the former Bravo reality star confirmed she and Dave are engaged. Dina also still runs her nonprofit foundation, Project LadyBug, and launched a skincare line called Glow by Dina in 2016.

Dina is still close with her former costar Teresa Giudice, who made Dina the godmother of her youngest daughter, Audriana. As for her relationship with her sister Caroline, Dina revealed in August 2018 that the two women haven’t spoken in two years. “People become [caricatures] of themselves. A little part of what people say that they liked, they tend to put it on,”  Dina told Jeff Lewis on his SiriusXM radio show about her sister at the time.

Jacqueline Laurita left the Bravo hit reality series after five seasons but appeared as a friend for season 6. While she returned full-time for season 7, her time on the series — and her friendship with Teresa Giudice — ended ahead of season 8. When asked what it would take for her to return in March 2018, which Laurita tweeted, “full time and a whole new cast.”

In April 2018, Jacqueline made headlines after she claimed her then 8-year-old son Nicholas, who was previously diagnosed with Autism, was asked to leave their local library because he was making “non-contextual vocals and tapping” on DVD cases. Jacqueline and her husband, Chris, are also parents of son CJ. Jacqueline became a grandmother in August 2016 when her daughter from her previous marriage, Ashlee Holmes, welcomed her first child, Cameron. Ashlee and her then-fiancé Peter Malleo tied the knot in August 2018. “I couldn’t be more thrilled for them. May they have a beautiful life together!” Jacqueline tweeted at the time.

Kathy Wakile, who is Teresa Giudice’s cousin, starred on RHONJ for three seasons before announcing her exit ahead of season 6. Despite not returning as a full-time Housewife, Kathy made appearances throughout seasons 6 and 7. In May 2017, Kathy announced she was opening an Italian and Mediterranean restaurant called Pizza Love in Bergen County, New Jersey. Four months later, the pizza joint opened in September 2017.

In February 2018, Kathy told Bravo’s The Daily Dish that she doesn't really have “any relationship” with Teresa or Melissa Gorga. “I keep so busy with my family, with my kids. When you have adult kids, it's not like when they're younger and you schedule their day. Their day is scheduled, and then you schedule your day around when you're gonna see your kids,” she said at the time about her two adult children, Victoria and Joseph, whom she shares with husband Richard. “So with our travel schedule, our pizzeria that we opened up, the restaurant keeps us busy, there really isn't any time for anything else." Melissa echoed her former costar and cousin-in-law’s thoughts during an appearance on WWHL in November 2017. "We don't see them too much anymore, honestly," she said, referring to Kathy and Kathy’s sister, Rosie Pierri.

Nicole Napolitano joined Season 6 of RHONJ alongside her twin sister, Teresa Aprea, she made a guest appearance in season 7 before departing the series for good. Their mother, Santa, threatened to sue their then-costar Amber Marchese’s husband, Jim, in September 2014 after he claimed Santa once had an affair with Teresa’s husband. Nicole’s love life remains a mystery in 2018 after she seemingly split with boyfriend Bobby Ciasulli after her time on the show wrapped.

As for Nicole’s relationship with Teresa Giudice — which was strained on the series, Nicole revealed in February 2016 that the two women surprisingly “became friends” right after the season 6 reunion. "Unfortunately, the public didn't get to see that, but for us, once the show ended, we all made everything right, the way it should've been from the beginning,” she told Bravo’s The Daily Dish at the time. “When you film, there's a lot of drama, and there's a lot of tension, and so much is going on, and you're so exhausted from filming that every choice and decision sometimes aren't the ones that you would make from the beginning. So I'm glad where it all ended up and where we all are today, so I'm happy about that."

After two seasons, Siggy Flicker said goodbye to RHONJ in a letter penned exclusively to Us Weekly in January 2018. “I learned that viewers have touched my life as I had intended to touch theirs. Many have become friends. Those friendships are flourishing,” she wrote. “Finally, I learned we can’t plan our future. I could never have predicted that my time on The Real Housewives of New Jersey would take me to where I need to be today. So as I continue to write my fairytale, I pray that each of you will continue to write yours.”

Since her exit, Siggy continues to fight back against antisemitism in the United States, attending conferences, visiting colleges and sharing her message on Instagram. The matchmaker is also still married to her husband, Michael Campanella, and often visits her son, Joshua, from her previous marriage, at Penn State University.

Teresa Aprea, like her twin sister, Teresa appeared on season 6 of RHONJ in a full-time role and made a guest appearance in season 7. As ofNovember 2018, Teresa is still married to her husband, Rino Aprea, with whom she shares her adult son, Giovanni. Twelve  people were injured at the pair’s restaurant, Angelo’s of Mulberry Street, in February 2018 after a fire broke out. Teresa vowed to the New York Post at the time that Angelo’s "will be back stronger than we ever were.’’ Teresa and Nicole also hosted BlogTalkRadio’s Girls In Heels from 2014 to 2016.

According to Nicole, Teresa also made up with Teresa Giudice and both sisters were thanked in the acknowledgement of Giudice’s 2016 member, Turning the Tables. "To my fellow Housewives who reached out and were there for me: Lisa Vanderpump, NeNe Leakes, Dorinda Medley, Jill Zarin,Teresa and Rino Aprea, and Nicole Napolitano: I want to thank all of you for your support. It means so much to me," she wrote in her book.

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