Teresa Giudice is opening up about how she is trying to move forward, as she and her four daughters wait to learn if their husband and father Joe will be permanently deported to his native Italy.
Joe grew up in the U.S., but never became a citizen; after serving 41 months in prison for fraud, a judge deported him. He has appealed and is waiting on a final ruling from Italy. She and the girls—Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10—recently visited Joe in Italy. She sat down with ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss their present and future.
“I was overjoyed seeing my daughters seeing how happy they were seeing their dad. This trip was all about focusing on our daughters. It really wasn’t about us,” the mother of four said about daughters reconnecting with their father.
Discussing how they’re coping, Giudice said: [“Heartbreaking. Very sad. The girls are really upset. It’s hard for them. Like I was just telling you before. Adults can handle anything. It’s hard for children to go through this. They’re asking themselves, ‘why are we going through this? I want my daddy to come home.’”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . .come home.)
She was also practical about the future, saying she was taking it “a day at a time,” but implying that a break may be in the future. Giudice previously said that if the deportation was permanent, they’d divorce.
Giudice said: “I want to wake up with someone every single day. I think they get it. I don’t think they want to see it happen, obviously, but I think they understand. Because the way I explained it to them, how are we going to live apart? I don’t think he would be faithful. I think he would have someone there and have me here. I just don’t want to live that life.”
Still, that doesn’t mean her love for her husband of 20 years has been erased.
"There's always gonna be a place in my heart for Joe," she said. "I'm always gonna love him, no matter what."
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