More Details from Teresa Giudice's Prison Memoir Revealed: Daughters Were Reportedly Hysterical After She Said, 'Mommy Has to Leave'
Teresa Giudice explains how her family broke down when she left for prison in excerpts obtained by the New York Daily News
In excerpts obtained by the New York Daily News from Turning the Tables, out Feb. 9, Teresa chronicles the final night she spent with her family before she began her nearly yearlong prison sentence. (She reported to the Federal Correctional Institution, a minimum-security satellite camp for women in Danbury, Connecticut, on Jan. 5, 2015, and was released Dec. 23.)
According to the Daily News, Teresa, 43, explains in the book that she celebrated her oldest daughter Gia’s 14th birthday on Jan. 4 – four days before her actual birthday – because the Real Housewives of New Jersey star was due to begin her sentence the following day.
After the birthday celebration, Teresa, her husband Joe, 43, and their four daughters Gia, now 15, Gabriella, 11, Milania, almost 10, and Audriana, 6, lied together in bed at home, and she told her daughters, “Mommy has to leave,” the Daily News reports.
Teresa reveals how her daughters then collapsed into tears, with Gabriella becoming so hysterical she couldn’t breathe, until the parents started crying, too, according to the newspaper.
According to the Daily News, Giudice writes that the experience was deeply traumatizing, and that while they had told the younger girls she was going away for work reasons, as she put her to bed, Milania burst out, “I hate that this is happening to you.”
Later, Joe, who reportedly had been crying at the kitchen table downstairs, went to their oldest daughter’s room with Teresa and the three of them silently held each other, according to the Daily News.
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Teresa – who reported to the prison at 3 a.m. – then prepared to leave, removing her hair extensions, the Daily News reports. According to the paper, Joe gifted her a rosary and two medals: one of St. Christopher and one of St. Teresa.
The couple then reportedly said “I love you,” to each other, and Teresa left with her lawyer and a security guard.
Teresa was found guilty of fraud charges and sentenced to 15 months in jail in October 2014. Since her December release, the mom of four has been enjoying time with her family ahead of Joe’s 41-month prison sentence, which begins in March. She remains on house arrest until Feb. 5.