They’re getting real. Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe Giudice, opened up to Bravo TV boss Andy Cohen about what’s next for their marriage amid Joe’s potential deportation. On the special, titled “Joe and Teresa Unlocked,” revealed details about the 47-year-old’s time in prison and ICE custody — and gave us an update on his deportation appeal, which is still ongoing.
“Basically, we just got to wait and see,” the reality star said during the show. “We have a good lawyer on it and hopefully, you know these judges rule on it and do the right thing.”
Joe also opened up about his status in the United States and admitted that he should have filed to become a legal citizen, which is the reason why he was eligible for deportation after serving out a 41-month prison sentence for fraud charges.
“My mistake was I never became a citizen. That was stupid of me. But when you’re raised here as a kid, you do everything here, not [a] big deal. You’re not a criminal. Busted my ass my whole life,” he explained. “Believe me, I was a hard worker and wasn’t one of these guys who sat around doing nothing all day. That wasn’t me.”
Andy, 51, asked Joe about his experience with ICE and being in custody. “They wanted to handcuff me. I was like listen, I am not getting I handcuffs. If I wanted to leave, I would like just kick your butts and leave. I ain’t going to do that. I want to get the hell out of here,” he revealed. “Then when we got to the airport, we left from Washington. So basically, we got there, had to meet all these other security guards. I don’t know who was DAA or DA or whatever the hell you want to call them. I had two immigration officers. One on each side. Taking selfies with me the whole time.”
But to Joe, being in Italy is better than being stuck in custody waiting out his fate. “You know what, sitting in immigration was just you know, a waste of time,” he explained. “I didn’t, you know, you’re doing a whole other sentence for no reason in there.”
Teresa, 47, was totally on board with her husband going abroad. “We all agreed, Gia, Milania, Gabriella, Audriana — she’s too young to understand what we were going through,” she said. “We were getting the phone calls every day and we all he needs to go.”
“It’s not a good feeling. When I got, listen, I’m here. I’m happy that I’m out. But sad at the same time. I’m sad that I’m not with my family. With my wife, of course,” Joe told Andy about being unsure about returning to America. “And with all my friends and everything back at home. That’s where my life is is. It’s not here. It’s there.”
He definitely regrets not getting a passport, though — but he doesn’t blame Teresa for not getting one. “I don’t know why. I just never got one. I was supposed to and just never got one,” he said. “No, I don’t blame her. I mean listen, when you’re in there, your mind off. You know what I mean? Nothing’s — I blamed everybody in there.”
But the experience has definitely changed him. “I definitely have a lot more patience nowadays. Just taking for granted when you have everything you know what I mean and everything is taken away,” he revealed. “Even your family and everything like that. Listen, I apologize to my wife and kids many times and the only thing you can do is just look forward.”