During a new interview, the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member blamed fame for Joe’s deportation ruling, and shared how he is coping with the news. Teresa also revealed the heartbreaking reactions her three oldest daughters, Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, and Milania, 12, had after learning their dad would be sent back to Italy once he’s released from prison next March.
“My brother called Gia because he heard it on the news. So that’s how my oldest found out and I was really upset. I told Gabriella and Milania together, Gabrielle teared up. Milania was hysterical. Like she was like a mess,” Teresa revealed to Entertainment Tonight.
As for nine-year-old Audriana, Teresa and Joe’s youngest daughter, she’s the only one who doesn’t know about Joe’s impending deportation.
“[She’s] the only one that I didn’t tell. Joe has been gone since she’s six. And it’s sad, she needs her daddy home,” she said.
Although the coming months will surely be difficult for Teresa and her kids, they are doing their best to stay positive as they prepare to appeal the judge’s ruling.
As for how Joe has been coping with the news, Teresa said it’s “killing him inside.” She added, “He feels just guilty about everything.”
When asked if Joe cried, she responded: “No, it takes both of us a lot to cry.”
According to Teresa, she believes that while the judge made his decision based upon the laws of the United States, her family likely wouldn’t be going through such heartache if it weren’t for her role on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Still, she has no plans to abandon her reality career.
“I don’t think my family would be going through this if I wasn’t in the spotlight,” she said. “I’m focusing 110 percent focused on her daughters and the show is my job.”
“We’re going to be a family, and we’re going to fight this and get through this. We are not even thinking about [whether we’d move to Italy] right now. We’re going to take it day by day. We’re going to take it one step at a time. First, we’re going to process the paperwork to do an appeal, and we’re going to get through that,” Teresa added.
While Giacinto was “not doing well” last week, he has since appeared somewhat lively in a series of video clips, one of which featured him saying he wanted to go for a swim.
“Guys in the CCU, and he wants to go swimming. He’s the man,” Joe said of his father.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey season nine premieres on Bravo TV on November 7 at 9 p.m.
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