She met her new beau via a mutual friend.
While Dolores Catania’s relationship with David Principe is expected to play out in season 12 of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly that the twosome are in a totally different place today.
“Dolores and David broke up this past summer. There was no bad blood between them,” the source tells US Weekly, adding that they “grew apart” and their romance “didn’t progress” into what Catania had hoped for when they began dating in 2017.
Catania’s romance has previously been a source of discussion on “RHONJ,” with her co-stars wondering whether Principe would ever propose. The real housewife, according to the insider, “didn’t care if they were going to get engaged,” but the lack of time spent together was a factor in the breakup.
The source also stated that the New Jersey star “gave her all,” but David didn’t reciprocate. “He was non-existent in her social life and rarely made appearances at events with her.”
“They just had different lives and weren’t able to make it work. She wasn’t happy in the inside and for a while she hid her true feelings from friends.”
Earlier this year, the Bravo celebrity spoke up about how her choice to get cosmetic surgery caused her and Principe to fall out.
In March, Catania told the outlet, “It’s not a matter of what I needed, it’s what I wanted. I’m not about what somebody else thinks I need in my life. I’ve been through enough.”
“He really was angry. He was so mad at me and he didn’t let up on it. I let him be mad for a little while and then I had to say, ‘Listen, you either live with it or we just have to move on.’ There has been some stress, family stress fractures in the relationship.”
Catania is “happy” in her current relationship with Paul Connell, whom she met via a mutual acquaintance after breaking up with Principe.
“[Dolores is] with him constantly. She likes him a lot and they have a lot in common,” according to the source. “She’s attracted to him on a deeper level, especially his charitable side and giving back which is something she does all the time.”
Although the new pair won’t be shown during season 12 since they met together after shooting, Dolores has hinted on social media that they have “amazing chemistry.” During a recent trip to St. Martin, the New Jersey native flaunted her new beau.