Teresa Giudice is trying to ‘detach’ from Joe Giudice as he appeals his deportation order to Italy, but her husband would be ‘heartbroken’ if they actually went through with a divorce.
It has been crunch time for Joe Giudice, 46, who’s focused on staying in the United States after his release from prison on March 14. Meanwhile, his wife Teresa Giudice, 46, has her own priorities — and that includes potentially building a life without her husband of 19 years. “Teresa is really looking forward to the next chapter in her life,” a source EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife, as it remains unclear if Joe will be deported to Italy. “Teresa knows Joe still has a fight ahead of him while he’s working on his appeal, but she needs to do what’s best for her right now. That includes focusing on being there for her daughters, on her career, and working out.”
Hitting the gym has especially been a “great release and distraction” from all the “drama” in The Real Housewives of New Jersey star’s life, our source says. Adding to that drama was Joe’s alleged transfer into ICE custody after serving his 41-month sentence for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. But amid his legal woes, “Teresa has not been communicating with Joe very often, and even goes weeks without speaking at all,” our source continues. “When they do speak, their discussions pretty much surround talking about their girls, updating Joe on their school, friends, normal family talk.” The parents share four daughters total, who are Gia, 18, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 10.
The future of Teresa and Joe’s marriage doesn’t even need to be discussed in these rare conversations. “They don’t talk about their relationship often because Teresa already knows what she wants to do and has made her mind up,” our source tells us, after the mother of four confirmed that she wouldn’t do a long-distance relationship with Joe in part three of the RHONJ reunion, which aired on March 6. “She’s doing her best to detach from Joe at this point while still being the backbone of her family,” our source says of the difficult position the Bravo star is in. “Teresa understands how Joe’s situation affects her girls, so she makes sure to play the mother and father role in their lives as best as she can.”
Unlike Teresa, Joe’s not quite as ready to change his marital status. “Joe would be heartbroken if Teresa left him after everything they have been through together,” a second source EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife, as the former pizzeria owner married Teresa in 1999. “He does not want to think about being deported, can’t imagine being away from his kids and has no intentions of divorcing Teresa.” For now, Joe’s waiting for his turn in court to find out if he’ll have to move away from his family: “Joe expects his family to be there, waiting for him when he gets out of incarceration. He is trying to stay positive and plans to stay in the States with his family, but even he knows things are not looking good.”
Unfortunately for Joe, Teresa played it extra safe by already meeting with divorce attorneys. “Teresa has met with divorce lawyers, however, it’s been a while because she’s waiting to see what happens, but she knows realistically, Joe will get deported, so then it’s figuring out where,” another source, who’s close to the reality show star, EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife. If that day comes, “Teresa has made it very clear — her daughter’s will remain in New Jersey no matter what,” the source added.