Joe and Teresa Giudice separate after 20 years of marriage

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Teresa Giudice and Joe GiudiceThe marriage is over.

MY! The news can confirm The true housewives of New Jersey The stars have separated after almost two decades together. Teresa has not yet filed for divorce from Joe, who was recently deported to Italy after spending five months in an ICE detention center.

An internal source explained earlier: "Teresa and Joe's marriage is completely over. Teresa is in no hurry to file for divorce, but their relationship is over."

Right now, it seems that the main priority of the reality show star is her daughters, Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana. "Teresa is really focused on being an amazing mother for her daughters. She wants to keep things as stable as possible during this difficult time surrounding deportation. She doesn't want to crush them even more with the news of a divorce," the source said. additional.

The break comes after Teresa and the girls visited Joe in Italy in November. It was a brief visit, but Teresa said Good morning america It was "quite surprising." Unfortunately, the reality star said later that she did not expect to meet her husband again until summer, when she and her daughters have more time on their agenda.

Long distance and lack of free time seem to be one of the main causes of its rupture. A second source said: "Teresa made the decision to leave Joe if he was deported almost a year ago. Teresa does not see the point in a long-distance relationship, and as the source of income for her daughters, she needs to stay in the United States, where there are all your financial opportunities. You feel that you have sacrificed more than enough for your marriage and that you need to do the best for your family in general. "

Joe, a permanent resident of the US In the US, he entered prison in 2016 for committing fraud. At the end of March 2019, Joe was placed in ICE custody. Around that time, a source told E! News that Teresa was already "mentally preparing to leave."

"She is extremely loyal and even when she probably should have divorced him before, she didn't," the source added. "Now it's as if the decision could be made for her."

In June, Teresa talked about the possibility of Joe's deportation.

"If you are deported, you can never go to your graduation, celebrate your birthdays, nothing," he shared with Bravo Insider. "She's going to lose a lot. Girls love her father and no boy should go through what my daughters are going through. They should have their dad here."

In fact, E! Recently, News learned that Teresa and her four daughters never visited Joe while in ICE custody.

A source explained that Teresa had not seen him because "his filming schedule has been quite hectic, and the ICE installation where he is detained is several hours away." Another source echoed the same feeling, but it did not sweeten the reality of the situation.

"The family has not visited Joe because it is a horribly scary place where Joe lives in dirty conditions," said the second source. "The facilities are several hours from his home and Teresa has tried to keep a very low profile when Joe asks his immigration lawyers."

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During season 9 meeting of Rhonj, Teresa told the host Andy Cohen that she would separate from Joe if he were deported. Although his deportation status was still pending at that time, she hinted that "it wouldn't work,quot; between them if they tried a long distance relationship.

"It's like starting a whole new life," he explained, adding that his daughters "have already been through a lot."

"So, I mean, I'm not making a long distance relationship. I'm just not doing it. I want someone with me every day," he said. "I know exactly what happens, I am sure it will be with other women. It happens. Do we do long-distance things? It will not work. I will say,quot; goodbye ".

As it stands, Teresa is prepared to put one foot in front of the other and start a new chapter in her life.

They tell us that "it's definitely coming out but he wants things to be very private right now." Our source explained: "She is trying to stay busy and be there for her girls as much as possible. It has been a very hard year for her family and she is trying to stay strong and be surrounded by people who support her."

Neither Joe nor Teresa has yet to comment on the news.

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