When Real Housewives of New Jersey returned for a new season, Dolores Catania’s ex-husband Frank was moving back into her house after many years of living apart. But, it’s not what one would think. As Frank deals with his own rocky relationship, he moves back in with Dolores and his kids and their relationship is completely platonic. In fact, Catania has a new boyfriend named Dr. David Principe and he actually is supportive of Dolores welcoming Frank into her home. Check out David and Frank pretending to arm wrestle in the above Instagram pic. According to In Touch Weekly, Dolores has said that she is happy with David but that Frank is the love of her life. In a confessional to the Bravo cameras, Dolores explained her boyfriend’s relationship to her ex-husband, saying, “Frank and David get along, but a lot of people don’t get it. They think my relationship is weird, and I don’t know what to say. It’s just — it’s my norm.”
With Frank Catania moving back in, Dolores’ friends and fellow cast members were very curious about the circumstances and she explained on the show, “My ex and his girlfriend have been together 11 years and they’re in this thing where they keep fighting about the same thing. Nothing’s getting better, so it’s time to take a break. I think after 11 or 12 years, it’s worth giving it a shot, maybe you need a little break and not be in the same house and argue about the same things, so he moves back in with me … It’s the greatest thing! I come home, he’s mopping my floor, he’s handling my appointments, he’s doing the dishes, he’s paying all the bills.” On the other hand, Dolores says she’s very attracted to her boyfriend David, talking about him to The Daily Dish saying, “He’s a perinatologist, which is a doctor that helps women deliver high risk pregnancies … His first love is his job and that’s a lot to handle because this is a man that works seven days a week. He’s on call constantly. Yet I’m very attracted to this man. I have a good time with him when I see him at 10 o’clock at night and I wait in front of his house for him to get home.” Dolores also describes her man as “a little bit of a bad boy. He’s very sexy.” And, it was actually her BFF and co-star Siggy Flicker who introduced them at the christening of twins who David delivered.
In an interview with Life & Style Mag, Dolores has admitted that dating a doctor is difficult because of his crazy hours. She also said that David is not the first doctor that she has dated. The couple started dating after the Season 7 reunion for Real Housewives of New Jersey last October. With Dolores’ ex-husband back in the house, their son Frank Jr. said that his friends think Dolores, her ex and boyfriend David are swingers. Dad Frank was sure to reject this idea. In the meantime, whenever Dolores goes out with boyfriend David, she says that David actually puts together care packages with meals for her ex and her son. It may not be a traditional situation, but it works for them.