Dina Manzo is a television personality and entrepreneur best known for her appearances on The Real Housewives of New Jersey and her party-planning television series, Dina’s Party. In 2009, Dina became a cast member of the show and appeared on the show for the first two seasons before departing and then returning for the sixth season in 2014. In 2015, she left the show due to her relocation to California. In 2011, Dina hosted her party-planning series, Dina’s Party, on HGTV.
Dina is also known for running Project Ladybug, a non-profit organization that helps children with cancer and their families pay for medical bills and other costs. In 2016, she launched a skincare product line called Glow by Dina. However, in recent years, the media has shifted their focus to her husband, David Cantin.
Meet Dina Manzo’s Husband
David Cantin is Dina Manzo’s current husband. The New York Post says that Dina began dating him after she divorced Tommy Manzo, who is the brother of Caroline Manzo’s husband, Albert Manzo. David and Dina got married in June 2017 and now live in California.
In 2011, David Cantin was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. The Asbury Park Press reported that Cantin overcame his illness by taking chemotherapy pills, and a few weeks later, he ran the Boston Marathon. According to The Asbury Park Press, Cantin is committed to helping others who have cancer and has joined many boards of cancer research foundations.
In October 2019, Dina Manzo announced on Instagram that David Cantin was cancer-free. The couple has no children together, but Dina has one child from her first marriage, Lexi Ioannou, who is 24 years old.
David Cantin Is A Successful Businessman
David Cantin is the founder and CEO of Dave Cantin Group, an automotive dealership merger-and-acquisitions firm, according to his LinkedIn profile. He knows a lot about figuring out how much a dealership is worth and helping to arrange a full buy/sell deal. According to his bio on the Dave Cantin Group website, Dave is an expert at handling platform acquisitions and managing multiple dealerships in a single deal. Forbes also wrote about Cantin in 2018.
The Daily Mail says that before starting his own business, Cantin was co-owner and vice president of Brad Benson Auto Group, a Hyundai store in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey.
Inside Dina And David’s Relationship
Dina Manzo separated from her husband Tommy Manzo in 2013 and made headlines in 2016 after being photographed out with David Cantin. Dina Manzo and David Cantin’s relationship began in 2015 after Dina separated from her ex-husband, Tommy Manzo. They were introduced through a mutual friend and were drawn to each other due to their shared love of charity work.
The couple made their relationship public in 2016 and got married in June 2017. They have been living together in California since then. Despite David’s health struggles with chronic myeloid leukemia, the couple has remained strong, and Dina has been supportive of him throughout his battle with cancer.
They do not have any children together, but Dina has been open about her desire to have more children in the future, despite suffering from miscarriages in the past. Overall, their relationship appears to be built on a strong foundation of mutual support, shared interests, and love.
Dina And David Both Had Previous Relationships
Dina Manzo was previously married to Tommy Manzo, the brother of Caroline Manzo’s husband, Albert Manzo. After her separation from Tommy, Dina started dating Cantin, and they have been together ever since. Though the couple has no children together, Dina has a daughter, Lexi Ioannou, from her previous marriage, and Cantin has two children with his ex-wife, Melissa.
Despite David Cantin’s successful battle with cancer, he and his wife have been in the headlines again recently. On June 30, 2020, Tommy Manzo, Dina’s ex-husband, was arrested and pleaded not guilty to federal charges of hiring a “crime family soldier” to assault David Cantin.
Tommy Manzo and his alleged accomplice, John Perna, were charged with committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity. According to the complaint, Perna attacked David Cantin in 2015 in exchange for a heavily discounted wedding reception at the Brownstone, a catering hall owned by the Manzo family.
The charges against Tommy Manzo and John Perna highlight the far-reaching consequences of organized crime, even for those who may not be directly involved in it. It also serves as a reminder that anyone, regardless of their status or success, can fall victim to violent crime.