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'Real Housewife' Caroline Manzo: 'My Children Didn't Sign Up For This'

Caroline Manzo

First Posted: 10/25/11 12:48 PM ET Updated: 12/25/11 05:12 AM ET

Reality star Caroline Manzo tells me she is still trying to recover after Bravo aired "The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion, Part 2" Sunday night. And although she makes it very clear that she has no intention of fighting back against fellow castmember Teresa Giudice, she does reveal what has really been going on behind the scenes.

"I noticed a change [in Teresa] when other ladies joined the cast," Caroline told me and the hosts of "New York Live" Monday. "We were acquaintances, not friends. Off camera, there was nothing -- no interaction. It has been an unbelievable experience. A growing experience, a learning experience, but I've had a lot of heartbreak because of it."

And what hurts Caroline the most is that her children have been attacked by Teresa and her friends -- something that visibly haunts the reality star.

"My children didn't sign up for this. We put ourselves out there and have no idea. I watch the news," Caroline says, explaining how little she knew about reality shows before signing up to star in one. "So much I won't say, because I don't want to hurt anyone. I'm not going to blame the network. For a TV show, I'm not going to hurt someone. I'm not going to do it."

Caroline refused to talk about her damaged relationship with sister Dina, who quit the show after the first season, telling friends she doesn't want to hurt her parents. It seems enough hurt has been handed out already.

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