Falling in love?
While the Real Housewives of New Jersey star says she’s “taking things slow,” sources tell In Touch, “She’s definitely falling in love again.”
“Out of respect for her kids and Joe, she waited until her divorce was final to say anything. But she’s excited to up the past behind her and move forward,” the source adds.
In September, Teresa and Joe signed their divorce papers, effectively ending their 20-year marriage; however, they aren’t officially divorced just yet.
On Sunday’s WWHL, Teresa explained that they are still “waiting for the date from the court. All the paperwork is all done. We’re just waiting for a court date – because of COVID; it’s taking forever.”
As for Teresa and Louis, the two reportedly have a lot in common.
“They randomly met towards the very end of the summer at the Jersey Shore and exchanged numbers,” the insider reveals. “It’s still casual, and they’re just getting to know each other.”
And while they are “taking it slow,” Louis has already introduced the RHONJ OG to his two sons. Louis has also met Teresa’s four daughters – Gia, 19, Gabriella, 16, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 11 as well.
However, Louis will NOT be appearing on camera for season 11 of RHONJ.
“He did not appear on camera [on RHONJ] with her because the relationship is new. Her primate focus remains on her four girls,” the source explains.
And her four girls have reportedly given their blessing.
“Of course, they miss and love their dad, but they all think it’s great for their mom,” says the source.
A source tells Life & Style that Teresa’s daughters “have all met Louie, and they like him.” The source also says that Teresa is “excited” to introduce Louie to her fans.
Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga also approves of her new romance.
“Teresa’s good. She’s got her little boyfriend,” Melissa said with a wink to RHOSLC’s Jen Shah via Instagram Live on Wednesday, November 11. “She’s good.”
According to the source, Teresa is more than good: “Teresa is happier than she’s been in a long time.”
Another source confirms Teresa’s happiness and reveals that this relationship could be a “long term thing.”
“They’ve only been dating for about a month, but Teresa and Luis both feel like they’ve got something really special,” an insider tells Star Magazine. “This could be a long-term thing. That’s why Teresa decided to go public with the relationship. She really hasn’t felt this happy in years.”
The pair reportedly can’t get enough of each other.
“They got out for dinner and go on long drives, and he comes over to her house quite a bit because she loves to cook Italian for him,” says the insider. “Also, like Teresa, Luis is really fit. They love working out together, then whipping up a healthy lunch afterward.”
“Teresa is looking better than ever because she’s taking such good care of herself for him,” the insider adds. “She loves getting dressed up for their dates.”
She is reportedly convinced that Luis is “the real deal,” says the source. “It feels so good to be happy, in love, and moving on.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey will return to Bravo in early 2021.