Teresa Giudice’s daughters are crushed that their father is being deported — and the Real Housewives of New Jersey star is speaking out.
In a new interview, Teresa Giudice spoke about how her daughters, Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, and Milania, 12, reacted to the news that their father, Joe Giudice, is being deported upon his release from federal prison.
“My brother called Gia because he heard it on the news and that’s how my oldest found out. I was upset and told her and Milania together, Gabriella teared up,” Teresa said. “Milania was hysterical. Like she was a mess.” She tells ET.
Teresa added. “She’s like, ‘We’re going to fight this right, Ma?’ I said, ‘Yeah we’re going to fight this.’ She was like, ‘OK!’ and that’s how she was. … It’s been a lot for kids to take this all in. It’s sad for the children because they’re innocent in all of this, and they’re probably thinking, ‘Why is this happening?’”
Joe began serving a 41 month prison sentence for fraud in March 2016, and is set to be released next year. On October 10th, an immigration court ruled that Joe will be deported to Italy upon his release. Joe emigrated to America as a child, but never obtained citizenship.
The 46-year-old revealed that her youngest daughter, Audriana, 9, remains in the dark about her father’s future.
Joe has been gone [since] she’s six. And it’s sad, she needs her daddy home,” Teresa said.
Teresa Giudice shared her own reaction to the ruling, and revealed how Joe was handling the news.
“I was devastated. We live in a country of freedom and keeping families together, not break them apart,” Teresa said.
“I know this whole thing is killing him inside,” the reality star said. “The judge went by the law and now we have the right to appeal, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Immigrants convicted of “a crime of moral turpitude” or an “aggravated felony” face possible deportation, according to U.S. law. Joe has 30 days to appeal the decision.
Teresa believes that her Bravolebrity status played a key role in her husband’s case. Teresa served eleven months in prison, after being convicted on multiple counts of fraud. She was released in December 2015.
“I don’t think my family would be going through this if I wasn’t in the spotlight,” she said.
Teresa reiterated her commitment to family, but a future happy-ever-after remains a question mark.
“We’re going to be a family, and we’re going to fight this and get through this. We are not even thinking about [whether we’d move to Italy] right now,” Teresa explained. “We’re going to take it day by day. We’re going to take it one step at a time. First, we’re going to process the paperwork to do an appeal, and we’re going to get through that.”
“I can’t predict the future … I am going to be positive about it,” the Bravoleb said. “Joe starts talking about [the deportation] and I don’t want to talk about it yet. I am like, ‘We’re not talking about this yet.’ I shut him down. I don’t want to talk about it, and what comes first is our daughters and we’re going to fight this.”
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The Real Housewives of New Jersey will premiere on November 7th, on Bravo.