How Teresa Giudice Makes Her Marriage Work in Prison (Hint: Jokes About Phone Sex)
"When I get out, I definitely want to spend lot more quality time with my wife and grow old with her, God Willing," Joe said on The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In
How are the Giudices – who have weathered many storms in their 15-year marriage – coping? All of the usual marital ways: communication, empathy, jokes about – and actual – sex.
Though Joe revealed in an episode of Watch What Happens Live immediately after Sunday’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In that he and Teresa, both 43, do not get conjugal visits, he told host Andy Cohen: “I get to feel her a little bit here and there. I get yelled at by the guards.”
And the frisky behavior isn’t limited to in-person contact. On Sunday’s episode, during a romantic call from Teresa (yes, she proposed having phone sex with him when the kids weren’t around and yes she’s pictured him with the body of a Magic Mike hunk) turned sweet.
Said Teresa, “When I come out, I’m going to be all over you.” When Joe promised her Channing Tatum-worthy abs, she added, “When you come out, I’m going to be all over you even more … like, we’re just going to be married forever.”
Joe responded with an surprisingly sweet response: “I hope that we grow old together.”
But these moments are admittedly bittersweet for Joe, who told Cohen, 47, on WWHL: “Every day’s a tough day without [Teresa] around.”
He also said in an on-camera interview six months after Teresa went away that he had stopped sleeping the bed they shared: “Since she’s been gone, I don’t even think I’ve been in my bedroom. I just don’t have any desire to sleep in my bed.”
On Sunday’s episode, Joe – who is limited to seeing Teresa twice a month (her children can visit every weekend) because of a previous felony conviction – estimated he cries up to 30 times a day during his wife’s absence.
“When I get out, I definitely want to spend lot more quality time with my wife, and grow old with her, God willing,” he said to the camera. “It’s all up to the man upstairs.”
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But in all the months of turbulence, there has been one certainty between the couple: “She must be proud of me,” Joe said. “Otherwise she would have sent me divorce papers from in there.”
He added in another interview: “We’re just doing the best we can, minute by minute, hour by hour.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.