Teresa Giudice Says Husband Joe Feels 'Tremendous Guilt' as He Faces Deportation
"I hope I don't have to cross that bridge," Teresa Giudice says
In a preview from the episode shared by Bravo, the reality star and mother of four opens up to Andy Cohen about Joe’s future, revealing to the host that her husband feels guilt over the possibly of leaving his family behind.
“He has tremendous guilt, but he’s very positive, very strong,” Teresa says, adding that Joe’s lawyers — who appealed his deportation ruling in November and are still awaiting a decision — are “trying their best” to prevent Joe from having to return to his native Italy after his 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud ends next month.
Asked if Joe will have to go directly from the facility he’s in right now to an airplane, Teresa admits she “[didn’t] know exactly the technicalities of it.”
“I hope I don’t have to cross that bridge,” she says.
Joe and Teresa, both 46, have been married since 1999 and share daughters Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 10.
The couple has remained by one another’s side through their legal problems, which first sent Teresa to prison for 11 months on the same crimes as her husband’s (she was released on Dec. 23, 2015; Joe began his sentence in March 2016).
That support has appeared to cross over to Joe’s deportation ruling, which came in October. Even though Joe has lived in the United States since he was a child, he never obtained American citizenship, and immigrants can be deported if they are convicted of “a crime of moral turpitude” or an “aggravated felony,” according to U.S. law.
“You have been so ride or die and so devoted to him,” Cohen reminds Teresa in the clip — before she clarifies, “And I still am!”
But Teresa may not be devoted forever. Multiple sources previously told PEOPLE that during the taping of the reunion, Teresa admitted that she and Joe would go their separate ways if he were to be deported.
“Teresa told Andy that if Joe gets deported, she’s not going,” a source on the scene told PEOPLE. “She said that she and Joe had talked about it over the phone, and that he understood.”
According to a second source, Cohen then pressed Teresa about what would happen to their marriage, and she confirmed they would split. “She didn’t really express any sadness about that,” the second source said. “She just focused instead on the girls. It was very matter of fact.” (The Giudices’ attorney James J. Leonard Jr. and Bravo both declined to comment.)
Bravo’s preview clip of the reunion shows Cohen, 50, asking that question — though it cuts out before she provides an answer.
In the full reunion trailer released earlier this month, Cohen can be seen asking that same question. This time, Teresa breaks down in tears.
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Meanwhile, rumors are currently swirling that Teresa is romantically involved with Blake Schreck, a realtor who is 20 years her junior. The rumors sparked after photos of them holding hands in Miami were published last week.
Attorney Leonard Jr. has denied the affair to PEOPLE, saying the two were just friends and that their interactions were brief and completely amicable. (“There is no cheating, no divorce,” he said. “End of story.”) Teresa’s sister-in-law and fellow Housewife Melissa Gorga has also said it’s not true, stressing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, “I know nothing about it, and if it were true, I’d know something.”
Cohen, on the other hand, told Gorga he was actively rooting for the rumors to pan out.
“I hope it’s true. I really do,” said Cohen. “I want her to be getting it from this guy.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.