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Caroline Manzo: I'm Not Bullying Teresa Giudice

USMagazine, Monday, August 27, 2012, 1:30pm (PDT)

Love her or hate her, Caroline Manzo is speaking her personal truth when it comes to Real Housewives of New Jersey costar Teresa Giudice.

Airing their dirty laundry in a shocking, expletive-laden fight on Sunday's episode, Manzo and Giudice -- still at odds over Giudice's reference to Manzo in her Fabulicious cookbook -- spoke to Andy Cohen after the show on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live Sunday night. (The foes chatted via separate taped segments about the nasty incident that happened a year ago in Napa Valley, Calif.)

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"I only got involved when she turned around and said 'I apologize for the cookbook,'" said Manzo, 51, who declared her frenemy to be a "sociopath" and a "fraud" during their wide-ranging spat that led to Giudice storming out and calling Manzo a "c--t." "The apologies were always for the cameras, for the public reaction. I'm never going to accept it so [she should] shut up already. Just say to me 'I was so angry about you and I was a bitch.'"

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In her own interview segment with Cohen, Giudice, 40, brushed off Manzo's insults. "Caroline thinks she's better than everybody. She's definitely not better than me," Giudice said. "What she says to me doesn't really bother me. Caroline has nothing on me. I don't know what's happening in her head. She's a very angry person."

As she and Giudice sever their friendship ties for good, Manzo told Cohen she's anxious to put season 4 of Real Housewives to bed -- and isn't worried one bit about being labeled a villain.

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"Understand one thing: I have never attacked her, never said anything that wasn't in response to something she said to me. I do get agitated and I'm only human," Manzo -- who shares grown kids Albie, Christopher and Lauren with husband Albert -- said. "If [viewers] think I'm a bully, that's fine. I just want my husband and kids to love Caroline Manzo and I'm good. If I have to be the most hated woman in the country because of that moment, so be it. That's my truth."

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This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Caroline Manzo: I'm Not Bullying Teresa Giudice

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