It’s been two decades of rumors, scandals, and love for Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa Giudiceand her husband, Joe Giudice. After tying the knot and having four kids, it seems the couple may finally be heading for that breakup that’s been rumored to be coming for years. Check out the gallery for their full relationship timeline and quotes about their marriage.
Not long after, rumors swirled that Joe had been having an affair with his secretary who was also the family’s former nanny. “You told me … you walked in on your husband when he had someone on the desk in his office. … You caught him with the secretary, babysitter,” Jacqueline Laurita said in October 2012 on the RHONJ reunion.
After being married for nearly 12 years and enduring some rocky times, the couple decided to renew their vows. “I was just so happy… marriage means for better or for worse. We’ve been through a lot, and if anything, it’s just made us stronger,” Teresa told In Touchabout her second wedding. “I wanted to show my girls that marriage is really important, as is being faithful to one another.”
Not long after, though, the couple was still struggling, including reports that Joe had had multiple affairs. “Teresa comes from a very religious Italian family that doesn’t believe in divorce — that’s why she’s put up with so much,” an insider told In Touch. “It’s gotten to the point where, for the first time, Teresa could leave him and still have her family’s support. He’s put her through that much.”
A few months after that, both Teresa and Joe plead guilty on multiple charges of fraud. “Today, I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago. I have said throughout that I respect the legal process and thus I intend to address the Court directly at sentencing. I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions, and express my remorse to Judge Salas and the public. I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family — especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world. Beyond this, I do not intend to speak specifically about the case outside of court, at the recommendation of my attorney and out of deference to the Government and our legal system,” Teresa said in a statement released at the time.
At their sentencing, Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison, and Joe was given a 41-month sentence. It was agreed, however, that they could serve their time separately so that one parent could always be home with their children.
Within a few months of Teresa surrendering herself to federal custody, cheating rumors began to swirl once more. In Touch caught the father-of-four allegedly hooking up with a party girl named Jamie Jackson in Atlantic City, New Jersey. An insider told In Touch they were “full-on making out” and they “went back to the room and things got crazy,” though Joe denied all claims.
A few months later, it was Teresa’s husband’s turn to begin serving his own sentence. “It was obviously a very emotional day, but this is a very strong family with a tremendous support system and they will get through this, just as they did when Teresa was away,” their lawyer told Life & Style.
The separation was apparently hard for Teresa, and but as the star started to work on her second memoir, she seemed to start to get mad at her husband. “She was, and still is, very angry at Joe for putting their family in this position,” the insider says. “She was at the height of her success when everything went down. They went on fabulous vacations and had beautiful cars and jewelry and, most importantly, their freedom. Joe ruined all of that,” a source told In Touch. “She doesn’t visit Joe in prison as often as she used to.”
Within a month, rumors started swirling that the couple’s marriage “may be over” as a source told In Touch that the mother-of-four was becoming accustomed to being on her own — and discovering that she liked it. There were even rumors that she was having an affair of her own, with costar Kim DePaola accusing her of being “out every night with some guy.” Teresa denied the rumors, telling Life & Style that her husband “doesn’t have anything to worry about.”
A few months after that, reports surfaced that the star was planning to leave her husband once he was out of prison. “Teresa is done with Joe and is already making plans for a life without him,” a source told In Touch. “After everything Joe put her through, she feels she deserves the freedom to do whatever she pleases. She hits the bars and clubs all the time and enjoys herself. She has moved on from Joe and is on the prowl looking for a new, rich man.” She said as much herself in her memoir, Standing Strong. “People think that I’d never leave Joe. But that’s not the case,” she wrote. “If things with Joe aren’t good… between us when he gets home, I’d absolutely end our relationship.”
The star was spotted flirting in the beginning of 2018, wearing “a series of eye-popping bikinis and no wedding ring” while on vacation. It was reported that she’d started dodging some of her husband’s phone calls from prison a few months earlier. “She has said, ‘Enough is enough. I don’t need to put up with this,'” an insider told In Touch. “Joe has been more and more verbally abusive to Teresa over the phone. … Joe was so controlling. Teresa feels free with him in prison.”
Later that year, the couple found out that Joe was set to be deported after serving his time. Though the star had moved to the United States with his family when he was only a baby, he was born in Italy and not an American citizen. Though Teresa seemed to hint to Andy Cohen during the Season 8 RHONJ reunion that she’d be willing to move her family to Italy, cast mate Kim wasn’t having it. “Absolutely not! She ain’t moving nowhere,” Kim told Life & Style. “She’s staying here. She’s going to film her show, she’s going to ride the wave. No. That marriage was over when I said it was.”
Teresa is spotted holding hands with a new man, 20-something Blake Schreck. They were “flirting, holding hands and cuddling,” a source told In Touch. She was also spotted “getting cozy” with him in New Year’s Eve, though her lawyer denied any romance rumors.