Given she’s a mom of 4 and a nonna to eight grandchildren,
Sadly, the Household Meals Struggle star did not develop up surrounded by an enormous, loving household.
Pina was pressured to go away Italy – and her personal mom – when she was simply 5 years previous, following the breakdown of her dad and mom’ marriage.
She and her older brother shared an sad childhood residing with their father and his new spouse in Australia.
“My father mainly mentioned my mom was non-existent,” the 69-year-old explains to TV WEEK. “He’d say, ‘Your mom does not need you, she’s moved on and has one other life.’
“He was a really onerous man, and since I appeared a lot like my mum, he was spiteful.”
Once they had been older, Pina’s brother Roy determined to journey to Italy to trace down their mom.
“He had the center to go in opposition to his father’s will to see his mum,” Pina’s daughter Concetta, 46, says.
In a tragic flip of occasions, Roy was killed in a automotive accident on the age of 21, not lengthy after he’d reunited along with his mum.
“I liked my brother,” Pina says. “He was the one love I had right here. It affected me so much.”
However spurred on by her brother’s bravery, Pina, together with five-year-old Concetta,
Pina’s father disowned her, and he remained adamant she’d betrayed him up till his loss of life.
“I cried at his funeral, but it surely was out of anger,” Pina remembers. “I mourned him from the day he mentioned to me, ‘You are not my daughter anymore.'”
Fortunately, Pina’s relationship along with her mom went from power to power.
“We had been all the time in touch after that,” the self-taught dwelling prepare dinner says with a smile.
“She needed to make up for all of the lacking years, so I received all that love afterward.”
Pina’s mum handed away almost two years in the past.
“I used to say to my grandmother that I would love to write down a e-book collectively about our household’s story,” Concetta remembers. “However we by no means received round to it.
“She would have liked watching us on the present.”
Household Meals Struggle airs Monday to Tuesday,