‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’: Is Gia Giudice Dating Dolores Catania’s Son, Frankie?

Love is a crazy thing, especially in the world of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. While Gia Giudice’s parents struggle to figure out how they’ll proceed with their marriage, many fans have fixed their focus on Gia and the son of Teresa Giudice’s co-star, Dolores Catania. After photos of Gia and Frankie Catania surfaced on Instagram, fans began speculating that the youngsters were something of an item.

Frankie and Gia attended prom together

Rumors of a love connection between Gia and Frankie swirled back in May 2019 when Frankie accompanied Gia to her senior prom. The photos of the pair were splashed across Instagram, and even the most staunch opponent of the reality TV show has to admit they certainly looked good together.

Gia, clad in a baby blue dress, looked absolutely stunning. Frankie, who matched his bowtie to his date’s gown, looked as handsome as ever. Catania shared photos on her own Instagram page of the pair, calling them “two perfect humans.” She later told media outlets that Gia is the “perfect Italian girl.”

Prom wasn’t the only time the pair were spotted together, though. Gia and Frankie were together at an event put on by Melissa Gorga. Frankie modeled in Gorga’s ENVY fashion show but took a few minutes out of his day to snap a photo with Gia. The two incidents led some fans to think the pair were dating, but is that what is really going on?

Are Gia and Frankie dating?

Catania was grilled on the nature of Gia and Frankie’s relationship, and while it’s clear that Catania thoroughly approves of the pairing, she’s keeping a lid on whether or not they are actually together. Catania sat down with People to discuss the nature of the pair’s relationship, and while she’d be perfectly happy if they got married tomorrow, it looks like they are just great friends for now.

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Catania told the publication that Frankie is focused on school, and doesn’t feel like he can give his all in a relationship right now. The 21-year-old wants to be an investment banker. He currently attends Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Catania revealed her son’s college decision back in 2017, meaning he’s now in the midst of his junior year at the prestigious university.

Gia, on the other hand, just began her freshman year at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. According to BravoTV, Gia is interested in pursuing a legal career. She has not officially announced her major just yet, though. Since she’s only a freshman, she has some time to declare her study plans.

Maybe distance is keeping the pair apart

Gia was previously linked to Nick Recchia. Recchia, who is believed to be several years older than Giudice, was splashed all over her Instagram page from 2016 until 2018. The pair attended birthday parties together and even went to Gia’s junior prom as a couple. No photos of the pair have been posted since the 2018 junior prom. Recchia’s Instagram profile is private.

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With Recchia out of the picture, fans assumed Frankie had swooped in to woo Gia, but the distance may be keeping them apart. Fairfield, Connecticut, where Frankie attends college, is about two hours away from New Brunswick, New Jersey, where Gia is studying. While two hours isn’t all that far, busy schedules and time with their own friends would likely make dating difficult.

Who knows, though, Frankie should be finishing up at Sacred Heart University in 2021, so it’s possible a love connection could bloom when the friends are geographically closer together. Fans will just need to wait and see.