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Former Real Housewives of New Jersey Star Danielle Staub Is Engaged: 'Don't Ever Give Up on Love'

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Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub is engaged.

The reality star confirmed the good news to PEOPLE on Monday, revealing that she is engaged to her boyfriend Joe Masalta.

The 53-year-old, who left Real Housewives in 2010, tells PEOPLE that her happiness is a sign “to all women that have experienced pain and heartbreak, don’t ever give up on love.”

“There was a time when I gave up on finding true love, but then I decided to open my mind, and open my heart, and that’s when I met Joseph,” she says.

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Staub, who has been married twice before and has two children, says she appreciates “the love and support” of her fans. “It helps me start this new journey in the spirit of peace and happiness.”