The Real Housewives of New Jersey star got candid about her visit to Italy during Sunday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
“It was an amazing, amazing trip,” Teresa told host Andy Cohen while filming WWHL at BravoCon on Friday, November 15. “I’m so happy Joe’s free, it was very emotional. I was overwhelmed with joy. I was happy to see my daughters finally united with their dad.”
“Teresa and Joe have been talking and FaceTiming a ton since she got back to Italy,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “Who knows what their future is as a couple, but she’s been really happy and in a good place since she got back. Their interactions are a little flirty, too, but that could just be the honeymoon stage all over again.”
Meanwhile, Teresa is also opening up about how her four daughters, Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10, have been coping without their father, Joe Giudice, for the last four years.
“It’s difficult. Joe and I were really strict with Gia. But then when the whole legal thing happened, I got a little soft because I was all by myself. Not that I spoiled them, but I tried to make up for the pain of Joe not being there,” Teresa revealed at BravoCon on Saturday, November 16. “My girls had to grow up quick because of everything we’ve been through.”
Teresa’s 14-year-old daughter Milania Giudice has been having the most difficult time adjusting to life without Joe. However, Teresa says she’s doing better now.
“She saw a therapist last year. She had trouble in school. Now, she’s doing well in school. She lost over 40 pounds,” Teresa revealed.
As for how the girls are doing post-Italy, Teresa admits they are still missing their dad in a significant way.
“I thought the girls would be fine when we came back from Italy, but they’re really missing Joe still,” the RHONJ OG admitted. “I try to compensate. I jump over hoops for them because of everything that we’re going through. But they are amazing kids.”
“You guys will see that play out. I can’t give a lot away, but I’m happy for him. I’m happy that he’s free. It was a very emotional trip. I cried a lot,” Teresa added about family’s trip to Italy. “Milania was so happy that the six of us were together, eating together. … He didn’t have to sit in ICE for 7 months, but he did. He fought. His daughters saw that he fought.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Wednesdays at 9 pm EST on Bravo.