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Teresa and Joe Giudice Had a Rocky 2 Decades: See Their Relationship Timeline

It’s been two decades of rumors, scandals and love for Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa Giudice and her ex-husband, Joe Giudice. After tying the knot and having four kids, the couple broke up in December 2019 following 20 years of marriage. The exes finalized their divorce on September 2, 2020, and it doesn’t seem like they have any regrets.

“Joe and Teresa are in an amazing place and are very supportive of one another,” a source told People, which was the first outlet to report the news. “They still have love for each other, they just aren’t in love with each other.”

Despite years of turmoil, their marriage hit a breaking point when they were indicted on mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud charges in 2013. Both parents received a prison sentence — Teresa served 11 months before being released in December 2015, and Joe served 41 months before his release in March 2019.

Since Joe is not a United States citizen, he was transferred to ICE custody immediately after his release. After spending seven months at the detention center, he was allowed to return to his native country of Italy in October 2019 while he waited for a verdict on his deportation appeal, which was ultimately denied in April 2020. His initial deportation appeal was previously denied in November 2018.

Joe’s legal woes have been a huge burden on his whole family — especially for his daughters Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana, whom he shares with the reality star. The distance has been extra hard on Milania who “is the ultimate daddy’s girl” an insider exclusively told In Touch in February 2020.

“Being separated from Joe hasn’t been easy,” the source said. “They may be miles apart, but Milania and Joe will always be close. She’s one of his biggest defenders, so don’t even try talking any smack about her dad because she’ll let you have it. She has so much confidence and she credits her dad for letting her be herself.”

Check out the gallery for their full relationship timeline and quotes about their marriage.

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