From prison time to financial woes to loss and family strife, Teresa and Joe Giudice have been to hell and back over the last five-plus years.
Although the Real Housewives of New Jersey star has had her freedom, her life hasn’t been that much easier than her husband, Joe Giudice, who has spent the last several years behind bars. Since being released from prison in March 2019, Joe has been living in an ICE detention center as he awaits his deportation appeal.
While Joe has been away, Teresa has been forced to play both mom and dad to her four daughters Gia, 18, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 9. And according to the RHONJ star, it’s not been an easy job.
“Being a single mom — Joe left when I came home — it’s hard,” Teresa told Us Weekly on Thursday, October 3.
She continued, “It’s like I have to be the mom and the dad. So I’m doing it all by myself. Everything. Taking care of the house, the kids, my dad lives with me, just everything. Being the breadwinner, doing it at all.”
While the RHONJ star admits it’s hard to find balance everything without her husband by her side she remains strong for her daughters.
“I do it because I look at my babies,” she said. “I put them on this planet, I made them, so I can’t let them down. They look up to me, so that’s why I’m strong. I’m strong for them. I’m their role model. They look at me like, ‘You gotta tell me what to do,’ and that’s what I’m trying to do. … All four of them are very strong.”
As for the recent news that a judge approved for Joe to travel to and live in Italy while he awaits a decision in his deportation appeal, Teresa says she isn’t ready to discuss the news publicly.
“I don’t want to talk about that. Let’s just go by what happened today. Sorry, I don’t want to talk about that,” Teresa confessed.
When it comes to where she sees herself in the next two years, Teresa says she prefers to stay focused on the present and not think about the future considering how much her life has changed over the last several years.
“I’m not answering that because I never saw myself like going away! Going to jail,” she said laughing. “Like, I remember when I first started the show, they’d say, ‘Where do you see yourself five years from now?’ ‘Oh successful,’ I used to say that! I mean, I had all these brands that I built, and then everything went crashing down when I went away. So, I’m not saying that anymore.”
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Source: Us Weekly