Teresa Giudice’s husband, Luis Ruelas, is still not in a great place with members of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast after combative Season 13 reunion.
“The energy is a little different at this moment,” Dolores Catania’s boyfriend, Paul Connell, told Page Six exclusively at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, Tuesday night.
However, the optimistic Irishman added, “I think it’s going to make itself work around,” noting that he personally is a “fan” of everybody.
While Connell does not have any beef with Ruelas, other “Housewives”‘s husbands may feel differently.
Giudice’s own brother, Joe Giudice, also blasted Ruelas at the explosive “RHONJ” Season 13 reunion, calling him a “woman abuser” and saying that’s why he doesn’t “respect” him.
They also had growing tensions about a business deal gone wrong with a family pizza oven concept.
Connell admitted that although he enjoys remaining low-key, when filming a reality show, it can be tough to remain above the fray.
“It’s kind of hard not to be involved in the drama because it’s a lot of drama, but I think I do pretty good to stay away from that,” the Eco Electrical Services owner told us.
These days, however, Connell is more focused on the next steps of his relationship with Catania.
The Jersey-based businessman confirmed he still has to “wait for the divorce [from his ex-wife]” to be finalized before he can tie the knot, but he noted, “I think we have a plan that’s in effect that we believe is going to be within our time schedule. She’s happy about that, so am I, so I think everybody else will be.”
When it comes to whether Connell and Catania, 52, will marry on TV like Giudice, 51, and Ruelas, 48, did, the former said his girlfriend can decide.
“That’s all up to her,” he said. “I’m, like, new to this whole thing, so whatever she wants goes.”
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Connell and Catania have been dating since late 2021 and have had a smooth road so far — except with the Bravolebrity’s ex-husband, Frank Catania, who wasn’t so keen on a blended family at first.
The former lawyer would throw digs at the Dublin native, calling him names like Buzz Lightyear.
However, Connell clarified to Page Six that the men were just “finding ground” with the new family dynamic.
“I like Frank. Frank likes me. I think we’re good. I think it’s a good blend right now at the moment, so hopefully it stays that way,” he said before joking that when he and Dolores do wed, he wouldn’t be surprised if her ex pulls one last joke on him.
“He’ll probably be the guy that stands up [at the wedding] and says, ‘Does anyone have a problem?,’ ‘Yes, I do,’” Connell quipped. “But yeah, he’ll probably be at the wedding, for sure.”
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