Teresa Giudice Reveals She and Husband Luis Ruelas Did Not Sign a Prenup Before Marrying

Teresa Giudice called her relationship "true love" on Tuesday's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen after she shared her decision not to sign a prenuptial agreement

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Teresa Giudice stayed true to her heart when marrying Luis "Louie" Ruelas.

On Tuesday's episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen — which was taped on Sunday evening during the closing hours of BravoCon 2022The Real Housewives of New Jersey star confirmed that she stuck to her instincts and did not sign a prenuptial agreement before walking down the aisle to wed Ruelas in August.

Giudice, 50, first revealed in February that she and Ruelas likely wouldn't be heading down the prenup path — much to the frustration of Cohen, who warned her to protect the fortune she rebuilt in the years since she and ex-husband Joe Giudice went to prison on fraud charges.

Even Real Housewives of New York City alum Bethenny Frankel got involved, tweeting that she would "may jump through my phone if [Teresa] doesn't sign a prenup."

But neither Cohen's, Frankel's nor any other similar requests from Housewives fans seemed to make a difference. Asked by a fan named Stephanie on WWHL this week whether she signed a prenup, Teresa simply responded, "No."

"True love," the reality star added.

For his part, Cohen showed his support for her choice, saying, "All right. Personal decision."

Teresa's aversion to prenups, she's said in the past, stem from the fact that Joe made her sign a prenup before the two walked down the aisle back in 1999 — something she was reluctant to do at the time.

"A week before we were getting married, Joe asked me to sign a prenup and I just felt when you love someone, you don't do that," Teresa then explained in a 2020 RHONJ episode.

Though she said she "wasn't going to go through with it," Teresa stressed that she couldn't imagine actually canceling their nuptials. "Being Italian, I have old school parents, and it's an embarrassing thing to call off a wedding," Teresa said at the time.

Instead, she agreed to sign it on the condition that a clause be added voiding the prenup if there was ever infidelity. "I didn't even read it, I just said, 'I want you to put one thing in there. If you ever cheat, the prenup is void,'" she recalled.

She recalled the story during her WWHL appearance back in February. "I wanted to call the wedding off but my mom told me not to," she told Cohen.

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As for why she didn't want to sign one with Ruelas, Teresa said, "I mean, I would [sign a prenup], you know, if [Luis] said so. I'm so very easy about that."

"He definitely has more than me," she added. "I would never take anything from him, I'm so not like that."

Teresa received support from her 21-year-old daughter Gia Giudice, who was appearing on WWHL as a bartender. "My dad made her sign a prenup, and I really didn't like that," Gia said, asking Cohen, "Why would she sign a prenup?"

The talk show host replied, "Why wouldn't she sign a prenup?" before arguing that it's necessary to "protect what she has" and for Ruelas to "protect what he has."

As Gia tried to argue that her mom and now stepfather wouldn't "want to take anything" from each other, Cohen stood firm on his stance. "I know, but you put it in writing! You just put it in writing. Of course, they don't want to take anything from each other," he said.

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Teresa said her "I dos" to Ruelas on Aug. 6 in front of 220 guests at the Park Chateau Estate & Gardens in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

In addition to Gia, Teresa's three other daughters — Gabriella, 18; Milania, 16, and Audriana, 13, all whom she shares with Joe — were all by their mom's side, as were Ruelas's sons David and Nicholas from his previous relationship.

The event was filmed for a special set to air on Bravo next year, following RHONJ's season 13 finale. A preview of the episode debuted at BravoCon over the weekend.

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Elsewhere at BravoCon, Teresa opened up about her 11-month jail sentence, saying that things would've played out differently if she wasn't on the Bravo show.

"I got used as an example. What's the saying? The good comes with the bad. Meaning, like, because I was on TV — if I was just a regular housewife, I probably wouldn't have went to jail," Teresa said.

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She went on to recall that she didn't expect to be found complicit. "Joe was telling them, 'She has nothing to do with it.' He told me, 'Damn, they want you more than they want me!' And he was the one who did it."

"I was just going through the motions," she added. "I really thought nothing was going to happen and when I was in court and when the judge said I was going to jail, I was like, 'What!?' I said to my lawyer, 'What did she just say? Am I going to jail?' And he said, 'Yeah.' I was shocked."

Teresa still has strong emotions about the prison time, which saw her behind bars for nearly a year before her now-ex-husband, Joe, served 41 months and was later deported (he and Teresa finalized their divorce in September 2020).

"It was the most devastating thing in my entire life," she said. "Just [think of] leaving your four daughters. My heart is just beating just talking about it."

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