Teresa Giudice has dealt with a lot of struggles the last couple years, from family drama playing out on Real Housewives Of New Jersey, to legal and financial dramas which sent both her and Joe Giudice to prison.
Teresa admits that without Joe, who is serving 41 months in Fort Dix Correctional Facility, their family feels “incomplete” and that being a single mom to 4 girls is overwhelming. “It’s hard, we are just doing the best that we can, getting through it day by day… ”
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She jokes that she spent the summer with the girls “attached to her hip” and is glad school is back. “It was just me, since Joe’s not here. I had no ‘me time’ – I couldn’t do my yoga – I was at their beck and call,” laughs Teresa. “Which I don’t mind of course…”
“They miss Joe. We feel it that Joe’s not there. I go through the motions everyday… I mean, they make me happy, but I can’t wait for [Joe] to come home,” she added.
Joe too is “taking it day by day,” but obviously he “just wants it to be over.” Cause like duh – prison sucks and it isn’t fun. Teresa and Joe email and talk almost everyday, and Joe also has friends there. He’s working out a lot too.
Shockingly Teresa, who once insisted prison would be the end of her reality TV career, now has a different attitude. She hopes the show is still rolling when Joe gets out! “I’m sure all this is going to change him for the better,” she tells ExtraTV, “so why not? I want to show my honey off.”
Teresa also dished on almost joining Dancing With The Stars, and confirmed she just doesn’t have time presently. “I would love to Dancing With The Stars! I was asked to do it when I first came home – it was hard, cause I was just coming home, and then Joe was leaving, so that’s why I couldn’t do it. But when he comes home, I would love to do it – ’cause I want him to be in the audience watching me!”
Teresa smiled that “everything’s really good” between herself, Melissa, and Poison. “My parents are happy… It’s the way it always should’ve been – before fame and money got involved.”
All is not love and light, however, Teresa’s re-friendship with Jacqueline Laurita was short-lived. “Jacqueline, right now, is the problem child. I’m not really letting it affect me. You’ll see how I deal with it on the show; things are said, things are revealed – it’s crazy.
Things are also NOT good between Teresa and cousins Kathy and Rosie. She blames “money and fame” for ruining their relationship, which is why she’s not interested in a fake storyline about rebuilding the family. “They really don’t want a relationship with me, they just wanna be on the show. So I don’t even wanna talk about them – that’s the end of that!” she told NY Live.
Teresa is in a positive space with her other co-stars, though. “I go way back with Dolores. And Siggy – she’s awesome! She’s a lot of fun.”
Teresa also says that since leaving prison she says she still receives a “a lot of love” from fans, which is amazing.
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