As the Real Housewives of New Jersey alum, 35, and her family, including mom Caroline Manzo, 62, dad Albert Manzo, 63, and brothers Albie Manzo, 37, and Chris Manzo, 34, enjoy Italy ahead of Albie’s wedding to fiancee Chelsea DeMonaco, the court filing of Vito, 37, and Lauren’s reaction have been shared.
Just months after Albie and Chelsea’s engagement, the couple, who began dating in 2019, are ready to say “I do.” And in a photo shared by Chelsea on October 23, she was seen with the entire Manzo family, including Lauren and Vito’s daughter, Marchesa “Markie” Scalia, 6.
The family was also seen in an image shared by Caroline on her own Instagram Story.
“Poppa [with] his babies,” she wrote in the caption.
As Albie and Chelsea prepare for their next chapter, Lauren is preparing for hers following husband Vito’s divorce filing on September 5.
Following years of questions in regard to the couple’s relationship status, much of which Lauren avoided, The U.S. Sun has confirmed Vito’s New Jersey filing — and shared that Lauren was served on September 29.
“The parties have experienced irreconcilable differences for a period of at least six months which has caused the breakdown of their marriage and it is apparent that the marriage should be dissolved as there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation,” Vito wrote in his court papers.
Although Vito filed a Marital Settlement Agreement on July 26, he and Lauren seem to be living together at their Wayne home as he listed the residence as both of their addresses in his documents.
Following Vito’s filing, Lauren’s attorney informed the court that he would be representing her on matters of care, custody, and support of their child, and in regard to “all financial related issues, including, without limitation, alimony, equitable distribution, and counsel fees.”
Lauren also spoke out herself, sharing an Instagram video with fans on Tuesday.
“By now you guys have seen the news that has broken. I just want to let you guys know we’re all good. This has been done for a very long time. The last part of the process was filing. We were on the same page. This is something that we did together,” she shared.
“Vito and I love and respect each other and we continue to move forward as a family,” she continued. “All that matters to us is that our daughter is happy and healthy. Her privacy is important to us. We haven’t been on TV in seven years, which is why we did not feel the need for some dramatic announcement. And we continue to move forward with love and respect for each other. And we will always be a family, and that’s it. It’s about our daughter and her privacy because she didn’t ask to be on TV — we did.”
Lauren and Vito began dating in 2009 after being introduced to one another by Albie, and they got engaged in November 2013. Two years later, they tied the knot in New York City.
As RHONJ fans may have seen, Vito first addressed rumors of a split in 2018, saying on Instagram, “We just don’t put our relationship on social media and people can’t seem to understand that. We are perfect!”
Then, earlier this year, after being questioned about their marriage, Lauren said, “I haven’t been on TV in 7 years. I am allowed to keep aspects of my life private especially after having a child.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 14 is expected to premiere on Bravo sometime next year.