A few weeks ago, it was reported that Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice was seriously considering divorcing incarcerated husband Joe Giudice, but Teresa was quick to shut that rumor down.
However in a new interview today with the same media outlet who reported the divorce story, Teresa is admitting her marriage might not survive all of their problems and legal troubles as she also reveals she is still mad at husband Joe, whom she blames for their financial and legal woes.
The drama for the Bravo reality stars ultimately started years ago when Joe, 45, asked Teresa, 45, to falsify information on some loan documents so he could remodel some homes. That decision plus the couple’s choice to file bankruptcy in 2009 would ultimately lead to an indictment of 39 counts which included bankruptcy fraud charges, and prison sentences for both.
Teresa finished serving her 11-month sentence in December 2015, while Joe is currently serving out his 3 year sentence with his release date currently scheduled for March, 2019.
Teresa covers the latest issue of Us Weekly magazine in a very raw interview where she opens up about her marriage and Joe. The interview is to promote her upcoming new memoir Standing Strong.
“I would have never thought in a million years that I would have gone to jail,” said Teresa when asked if her 18-year marriage to Joe can survive their latest troubles. “Will I still be married to Joe in 40 years? I have no idea… You don’t know what life will bring.”
Below are more excerpts from Teresa’s interview –
Chapter one of your book, you admit you’re still angry with Joe.
Oh yeah. I know he didn’t mean to do it intentionally, but I’m still mad at the situation. He should have been on top of everything!
A lot of people are shocked that you haven’t left him. Have you ever thought, “I’m done”?
Your former pal Kim DePaolo has been telling people you have a boyfriend. Is that true?
No! I’m surprised it took over a year for something like that to come out about me. I have a lot of guy friends. I really don’t care what people think — I’m not living in a bubble, I have to go on with my life. And when I was away, Joe was photographed with girls and he told me, “Listen, they were with my friends,” and I said, “OK, fine.”
Have you been able to forgive him for all this?
When he gets home, we’ll see. We have to ride this whole thing out. He has to serve his time, come home and do amazing. And then I’ll answer that question. But I am giving him a chance. That’s why I’m standing by him.
How is he doing in jail?
He definitely feels a lot of guilt. When he came to see me in jail, he cried all the time. Joe is more sentimental than I am.
What’s been the toughest part of him being away?
I wear so many hats: I’m a mom, I’m a dad, I have to take them to their activities, I have to worry about the house, then I have to work to support everyone!
How often do you visit?
In the beginning, we could go Monday, Wednesday, Friday and the weekend. Now they got strict — no more Sundays, which is hard. Saturdays are OK but the girls have their activities and sports that day. I tell them, “Don’t worry about it. Do your thing, be a kid.” Once a month is enough.
You wrote you didn’t give him advice.
Yeah, no. You’re a big boy, you got yourself into this, you have to get yourself out. I’m hard-core with that.
What did you learn from jail?
I’m never signing anything ever again. I think we should keep things separate. So in that way, we kinda will be divorced.
If you could go back, would you say no to Housewives?
Definitely. I wish I never put my husband on TV. He looks back on how he was on the show and feels bad that he was so s—ty on TV. He’s not like that in real life.
Now when you walk in a room, do you worry that everyone is talking about you?
No. I’m pretty confident. That’s what helps me stay strong. I know in my heart nothing was done intentionally. I know I’m a good person. I don’t think I can be taken down.
You can read the rest of Teresa’s interview in the latest issue of Us Weekly.
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