Old rivalries die hard. Danielle Staub is ready to do more than pour cold water on Dina Manzo’s return to The Real Housewives of New Jersey this season — she’s also adding fuel to the rumors that Dina’s ex, Tommy Manzo, is gay.
“I don’t think that Dina ever didn’t know,” says Danielle, who links Tommy with two different boyfriends — one in Miami, another for whom he purchased a house in New Jersey. “He had to hide it to appease the Manzo family, because it wasn’t acceptable for him to be gay. Dina was well aware of what she was getting into. Caroline [Manzo] was in on it too, because she set the two of them up.”
According to Danielle, Dina started up a longtime affair with a married man she met in the early 2000s as a result. And though the new season of RHONJ shows Dina trying to rejoin the dating world, Danielle’s convinced the mystery man is still in the picture.
“Everything’s fake,” Danielle tells Star, explaining that it’s all a front to give Dina something to do on camera. “She had to come up with a story line to get a paycheck.”
So does that mean Dina didn’t return to offer support to old friend (and possible future inmate) Teresa Giudice? “Dina’s going to come back on because she wants to help Teresa? That’s bulls—!” laughs Danielle. “She’s coming on because she doesn’t have a husband or an income anymore.”