Royal Housewives of New Jersey The stars Joe Guidice and Teresa Giudice have officially separated after twenty years of marriage. But that doesn't stop Joe from sharing his excitement for finally spending Christmas with his four daughters: Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14 and Audriana, 10, for the first time in years.
The last time Joe was able to spend Christmas with his daughters outside the prison walls was in 2015, just a few weeks before he was serving his 41-month sentence in a federal prison for electronic, bank and bankruptcy fraud.
Joe is currently in Italy, awaiting the decision in his deportation appeal case. And his daughters will fly to spend the holidays with him. However, Teresa will stay in New Jersey and spend the holidays with her father.
"They are excited to see Joe without the cameras (Bravo)," a source said Page Six. "It's a trip that is not for the cameras."
Joe, 47, expressed his enthusiasm for his daughters' visit on Tuesday night with an Instagram video. He was doing some Christmas shopping and said he couldn't wait for his girls to get there. He also showed some Fendi bags that seemed to be full of gifts for his daughters.
In the caption, Joe wrote: "It's been a while since I gave my angels a Christmas gift 🎁". And, in the comments, Teresa replied: "What about mom for helping me … You're welcome, dad?" This happened only a few hours before the news came out that the couple had separated.
Joe and Teresa were childhood boyfriends who married in 1999. The couple was part of Rhonj from the beginning, but their legal problems ended up separating them. Their respective incarcerations (Teresa turned 11 months, while Joe turned 36 plus seven months in an ICE detention center) ended up being too much for her marriage.
However, the couple has no plans to divorce, at least at this time. After the news that the couple had officially separated, a source said Joe had already had some appointments, but Teresa didn't.
On his Instagram, Joe posted a photo of Teresa and wrote in the title: "It's time to let it go." The next day, he added the quote: "Each next level of your life will require a different you."
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