BF David Principe of Dolores Catania on the renovation of the house


At The Real Housewives of New JerseyOn the March 17 episode, Dolores Catania and Frank Catania enthusiastically discussed renovating her kitchen. One person not so thrilled with the new home updates, however, was Dolores’ boyfriend David Principe.

“Do you mind, David, if I make my house?” Because you think I’m not coming here? Dolores asked David while having lunch at her newly built home. David replied, “I know you’re not coming here. I built you this house, everything you wanted, didn’t I? And now you’re rebuilding your house.”

Dolores was quick to explain exactly why she hadn’t yet moved into the house they built together, recalling, “You said we were going to get engaged when the house was finished and we didn’t. haven’t done,” before adding in an interview during the episode, “I don’t have a ring on my finger, I’m still not moving in.”

While the couple finally agreed to spend more time together at David’s, Dolores is still working on major updates to her home – and it looks like she’s been living alone during the process. “I’m alone in the infamous coastal house right now,” she shared on the Feb. 20 episode of The dish of the day Podcast. “The house to the north is being renovated. Stay tuned for that.”

Over the years, Dolores has always been open about her family’s unique and ever-changing living situation. “I built the house with my boyfriend, David. I didn’t move in,” she said on the show’s Feb. 17 episode. “I live at home with my ex-husband, then my son, Frankie, comes home from school during the pandemic and decides to study for his GMAT test…Now my son lives at my boyfriend’s house for to study.”

On the show’s Feb. 24 episode, Dolores explained that watching her parents maintain a healthy relationship while living apart showed her “that non-traditional relationships can work.”

“They do everything a traditional married couple does, they just don’t live together,” she said at the time. “You know what? It works for them.”

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