On the recent Peacock series, The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, Teresa Giudice opened up about her divorce from Joe Giudice after over 20 years of marriage. During the second episode of the show, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star shared how she and Joe’s respective jail sentences for fraud charges ultimately splintered their marriage, causing her to become “disconnected” from her former longtime partner.
“The first time I left my kids is, like, when I went away when I went to jail. That was like the hardest thing. … [I was there for] 11 and a half months,” the 49-year-old — who shares daughter Gia, 20, Gabriella, 17, Milania, 15 and Audriana, 12 with Joe, 49 — told her costar Cynthia Bailey. “I came home, three months later, Joe went in and then he never came home.”
“I hate to even say this. He laid on top of me [one night] but, like, with our clothes on, and he was trying to kiss me, and I just couldn’t even open my mouth,” she revealed. “I was just … disconnected.” Then, during a confessional, Teresa said she and Joe’s marriage ultimately “could not survive” after the difficulties they endured.
The split between the husband and wife came amidst Joe’s deportation to his native Italy following his time in prison for fraud. Although she tried putting on a good face for the girls, Teresa ultimately had to follow her heart and separate from Joe, turning to a new relationship with businessman Luis Ruelas, 46, which resulted in a romantic proposal in Greece on Oct. 19.