Real Housewives of NJ Star Dolores Catania is a Total Jersey Girl


Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dolores Catania has been a Jersey woman her complete life, by no means steering away greater than 15 miles from her childhood residence. Regardless that precise filming for the truth present takes place just a few months out of the 12 months, Dolores considers it a full-time job – on prime of the full-time job she takes on as a mom of two. Her fan base, which has grown over the six seasons she’s been a part of the present, is now thought-about her pal group, and her castmates are just like the sorority sisters she’s by no means had. Regardless of the drama, Dolores believes RHONJ has given her “the greatest gift.” Learn on to be taught what that’s and for HG’s unique interview.

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Jersey Girl For Life

Hailing from Paterson, Dolores, 51, spent her complete life within the Backyard State, together with dwelling in Totowa earlier than settling down in North Haledon. She not too long ago accomplished a significant renovation, which viewers acquired to see a glimpse of on RHONJ, within the residence she’s lived in for over 25 years. It’s additionally the house the place she’s lived along with her ex-husband, Frank Catania, who makes common appearances on the present. All that must be achieved now could be adorning. 

“My house is filled with so much commotion right now that I like to be outdoors as much as possible,” Dolores instructed Hoboken Girl, referring to her two youngsters, seven canines (two are hers), a cat, a chinchilla, and a lizard.

Other than escaping “Noah’s Ark” inside her residence, the rationale why she loves her yard a lot is as a result of she lastly added a pool and a barbecue and grilling construction, which was not too long ago chosen by the general public because the winner of RTA Out of doors Residing’s “Choose Our Next Design” contest. Her design shall be accessible for buy at RTAOutdoorLiving.com beginning subsequent 12 months.

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“I’ve always liked to grill since I feel that is the healthiest way to cook. I was always a griller and I was always a single mom, so the outdoor kitchen means a lot to me,” the entrepreneur mentioned. “I’m very proud of it. Now my Sundays are spent cooking outside which I love. I make my sausage, peppers, meatballs, and pasta sauce outside on the grill.”

Previous to putting in a pool, Dolores and her youngsters, Frankie Catania and Gabrielle Catania, spent summers down on the Jersey Shore. Now, Dolores’ children are all grown up, 26 and 23, respectively, and they’re “living their dreams” of their chosen profession paths and are each “very happy” doing what they love. Gabby is working as a veterinarian on the Animal Hospital of Sussex County, specializing in dermatology, and Frankie simply began his “dream job” at a non-public monetary agency. 

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^ Dolores along with her ex-husband Frank Catania and two children, Gabby and Frankie Catania, at Elite Well being Middle.

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Taking On ‘Real Housewives of NJ’

Dolores was launched to the forged of Real Housewives of New Jersey within the reveals’ seventh season, which premiered July 2016. She’s been a part of the present since then. Season 13 not too long ago wrapped filming and is anticipated to premiere early 2023. 

“I grew up in a very busy home and a very welcoming home. My mother raised us like, ‘There’s always room for one more.’ So, having cameras in my house is like having people in my house. It’s second nature for me,” Dolores shared. “For me, what makes it different [from the other Housewives] is I feel that we’re the most relatable and NJ is all about family, always, and that’s the most important thing to me because at the end of the day, we’re all on the same page with that. Even though we have our differences, what comes first to all of us is our family.”

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Though there are clear alliances on the present and dissociations, Dolores instructed HG that she doesn’t prefer to say who she’s near particularly as a result of she says she’s “close to everybody in a different way.” She has identified Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga for years earlier than being forged on the present, however says the particular person she speaks to probably the most is Margaret Josephs. 

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^ The forged of Real Housewives of New Jersey

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“I feel like I have a different relationship with each one of them but a good relationship with each one of them,” Dolores shared. “What I love about [being part of RHONJ] is this is all organic friendships and it’s real life. I feel like NJ is so authentic. Since I didn’t go to college, I feel like [I’m in a] sorority and the trips that we take, the girl time that we have, that’s stuff that I never got to do when I was younger.”

She’s additionally by no means gone to a membership and by no means went to events in highschool attributable to rising up in a conventional Italian residence. “This is something that I get to relive. I’m very lucky to have it and I don’t take it for granted one day,” she mentioned, whereas additionally including that she hopes to proceed being a part of the present for so long as Bravo can have her.

“Of course anyone who knows me knows that I like the platform because I use it in the best way and it gives me such opportunities to Help people, and that’s the greatest gift the show gives me,” Dolores added. “I have no regrets. It’s not always easy. Sometimes it’s extremely hard and it’s emotionally draining. You get a break when you stop filming, but then you have to relive it when it airs and that’s a whole other thing that you go through.”

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One emotional second followers will get to look at play out subsequent season is Teresa tying the knot to Luis Ruelas throughout their marriage ceremony, which happened early August at Park Chateau Property in East Brunswick. Dolores and RHONJ star Jennifer Aydin had been each bridesmaids. “The wedding was a fairytale. It was beautiful. I really can’t say enough about it. We wouldn’t expect anything less from Teresa,” Dolores spilled. 

Dishing On Her Love Life

Being an actual housewife, Dolores’ love life is on show and typically the focal point. From her relationship along with her ex-husband Frank, whom she stays near, to her relationship along with her ex Dr. David Principe, Dolores’ romances over time have led her to discovering her present boyfriend, Paul Connell, whom she met by means of a mutual pal. This September marks their one 12 months anniversary.

“You can find me in Edgewater probably seven days out of the week,” Dolores gushed whereas enjoyable by her beau’s pool on his rooftop overlooking NYC. “Paul and I definitely spend so much time together. We do so much together. We get our teeth done together, we go to doctors appointments together, we go shopping together. We just came back from Florida and we’re planning more trips. We love it.” 

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^ Dolores along with her boyfriend Paul Connell

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Followers watched as Dolores acquired numerous stress from the forged for her to take the following step along with her ex David. Nevertheless, in her new relationship, Dolores says “there’s no pressure at all to get engaged.” 

“It’s the relationship that I would want and I’ve always wanted with the intention of a future and time spent together and working towards something,” Dolores shared. “We’re both on the same page. And, of course, people that care about me when they see two people that get along and have such a good time together, you know, they want to see [an engagement]. But with Paul and I, the intention is there, and that’s good enough for me… Stay tuned to get to know Paul. He’s very supportive in everything that I do, and everyone loves him.” 

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What’s To Come

Whereas there might be the potential for an engagement within the close to future, Dolores can’t Help however be thankful for how Paul, who’s President and CEO of Eco Electrical Providers, is along with her followers, whom she refers to as “friends.”

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“Thank God I’m with someone who appreciates the people that come up to me. I don’t call them fans, I call them friends,” she mentioned. “I appreciate them and he’s so good about it. It’s nice to know that people care. They invite me into their life as much as I invite them into mine.”

Regardless that she will be able to’t spill particulars of what’s to return for season 13 of Real Housewives of New Jersey, she will be able to tease what’s in retailer.

“You can only imagine. Every year I say it can’t top the last [season], and this topped the last five, I think. There are a lot of different dynamics this season. I don’t spill the beans but there are a lot of different things going on,” she shared. “Listen, Real Housewives of NJ is a lot of work. That’s a full-time job. People think just because we’re not filming, we’re not working. We’re always working. There’s no break. I have appearances twice a month for the next five months.”

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Dolores shall be internet hosting a ticketed brunch at Katch Astoria in Queens, NY, on September seventeenth, earlier than showing with a bunch of housewives and Bravolebrities at BravoCon 2022 going down October 14th-Sixteenth in New York Metropolis.

Comply with Dolores on Instagram for different upcoming appearances within the space.

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