Royal Housewives of New Jersey The stars Teresa and Joe Giudice separate after twenty years of marriage. A source close to the couple, who shares four children, shared the news with People magazine.
“They discussed their future when Teresa and the girls went to Italy in early November and agreed that each one had to move on. They are doing it amicably and very slowly, ”says the source. “Joe has gone out on some dates, Teresa hasn't. She has been too busy with the girls, with job duties and taking care of her father. She is happy for Joe. "
Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice de RHONJ separate after 20 years of marriage
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The source added that Joe and Teresa have been very friendly and support each other. Teresa and Joe still love each other, but neither of them is interested in a long distance relationship.
Joe currently lives in Italy while awaiting the final decision on his deportation appeal. Joe was born in Italy and came to the United States when he was a baby. He never obtained his US citizenship, so when he was convicted of postal, bank and bankruptcy fraud in 2014, an immigration judge ended up ordering his deportation.
The 49-year-old man served three years in prison and seven months in an ICE detention center before the court agreed to release Joe on the condition that he had to leave the United States while awaiting the final decision on his deportation.
The source says that Joe and Teresa do not have "divorce plans,quot; at this time, and both are focused on their daughters: Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14 and Audriana, 10. The girls will spend Christmas with Joe in Italy, says the source. And Teresa will stay at home in New Jersey with her father.
Joe and Teresa have not lived together for almost five years. Teresa spent 11 months in prison in 2015 after pleading guilty to fraud charges before Joe was serving his sentence. The couple were childhood boyfriends who married in 1999.
After Joe decided to go to Italy instead of waiting in the horrible conditions of an ICE detention center, Teresa said that at the end of the day she wants Joe to be happy.
"I mean, he waited (to leave the United States) because that's what his daughters wanted him to do, fight. And that's what I told him, you can never regret it because you fought, and now it was good that you could leave and still fight from Italy. I thought: "You don't want to be there." It's disgusting. "Who would want to be there?"
After Joe's release from ICE custody, he and Teresa participated in a special interview with Andy Cohen on Watch what happens live. Teresa was in New York with Cohen and Joe appeared on satellite, and the couple admitted that they were not sure if their marriage would continue.
Teresa said she was waiting to see Joe in person to see if she felt different, but neither wanted to stay in the relationship if they were separated by an ocean.
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