Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice broke down in tears talking about how “hard” it has been for her and her four daughters with family patriarch Joe Giudice away in prison on Good Morning America. Teresa says the family has regular contact with Joe, who started serving his 41-month sentence at Fort Dix in March.
“We e-mail every day,” she says, “We talk every day and I see him every week.”
The Montville couple plead guilty in 2014 to multiple counts of bankruptcy fraud. Teresa completed her 11-month stint late last year, three months before Joe’s prison term began. Teresa and Joe were allowed to serve time separately, so that one of them could be home to take care of their four daughters — Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana.
During the emotional interview with ABC News’ Mara Schiavocampo, Teresa said the couple’s four daughters are coping as best they can with their father away.
She says, “You know, [they] miss their dad, of course, tremendously, just like I do. But you know they’re doing as well as could be expected. They’re amazing. They’re really strong young girls.”
When asked about Joe facing a possible deportation back to Italy in connection with his charges after his jail sentence ends, Teresa is remaining optimistic.
“No, I think our future is not uncertain,” she says, “He’s gonna be home. We’re gonna be together. Our family’s gonna be reunited again, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
Teresa returned home from prison last December, and calls the reunion with her daughters — which we will be seeing on the season premiere of RHONJ — “one of the best days” of her life. She says, “It was an incredible feeling.”
This season we will also be seeing Teresa repair her relationship with sister-in-law Melissa Gorga. Teresa says they are now in a much better place, “I feel like it’s like how it used to be.”
Melissa adds, “We have like a funny banter together and we have fun together. I just think that she’s calmer, just a little bit calmer.”
We can’t wait to see it all unfold when Season 7 of RHONJ premieres July 10!