It hasn’t been an easy road to the end for Real Housewives of New Jersey alum Danielle Staub and her estranged husband, Marty Caffrey. The couple dove into their short-lived marriage pretty quickly, only to deal with a messy divorce just months after tying the knot. But on February 21, their divorce was finalized, allowing them to finally live separate lives. When the 66-year-old businessman spoke with Life & Style exclusively just after the proceedings, he wanted to let us know that he wishes the 57-year-old the best with hers.
“Yeah, I wish her the best,” he revealed, even though he feels he didn’t get his due in the relationship. “Listen, the thing that she fails to remember or talk about is that when I met her almost three years ago now, she was not in a good place. I had never heard of her, never watched the show, and once I got to know her and she explained things to me, I saw some potential in her as far as being relevant again if she ever would get that platform to be relevant again. And I gave her that platform.”
No, Danielle’s ex wasn’t some bigwig TV producer, but he did give her what she needed to get her groove back. “I gave her that platform through putting money into it, taking her out of some terrible situations, relieving some debt — she was being evicted from her apartment,” he told us. “I put her into a nice place — set her up where she can present herself in a different way to get back on that show. She had a stable man from a big family, a big group of friends that would support her, so her whole image changed. And it worked. She got back on the show and she has some relevance again.”
“I don’t know if she’s capable of showing any appreciation or even agreeing to that, but that’s what happened to her. She is where she is because of her and my support,” he revealed. When asked if he could be friends with his ex after all this, he really showed how maturely he’s been handling the situation.
“Well, the way I am, yeah, I can be friends with her,” he explained. “I have no problem being friends with her. We did have pretty strong feelings for each other, and so I can be friends. That’s just the way I am. Whether she can, I don’t know if she has the ability to be friends because she’s a very vindictive type of person and she holds grudges. So however she’s feeling, you know I can’t say, and if we don’t remain friends, that’s her choice.”
But Marty also told us it’s not “important” to him if they stay close or not so we wouldn’t hold our breaths for a close friendship any time soon.