Jingle bells aren’t really ringing this year for the Giudice’s, but we’re hoping the love the family has for one another will keep the holidays bright. At Z100’s Jingle Ball in NYC, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice opened up about her holiday plans in the wake of husband Joe Giudice’s absence as he serves out his 41-month prison sentence.
“I’m not all about the holidays since Joe is away and since my mom passed,” Teresa revealed to Us Weekly. “I think we’re going to go to my brother’s on Christmas Eve. That’s what we did last year. We haven’t talked about it yet.” We hope the Gorgas and the Giudices do come together for the holiday season because that’s definitely the best way for these two families to cope.
Teresa, 46, also admitted to Us Weekly that she’s just “not as excited about the holidays anymore,” between her family’s changed financial situation and the declining health of her father, Giacinto Gorga.
“He just got home from the hospital,” she explained when asked if he would be joining the holiday festivities. “We’re taking it slow. He’s still weak, and it’s going to take a long time for him to feel better.” Teresa’s father was hospitalized in October for pneumonia and a hematoma. “The girls give him lots of love, so that helps a lot, but yeah, he’s still very weak,” Teresa added about her daughters’ relationship with their grandfather.
Teresa and Joe Giudice pled guilty to 41 counts of fraud back in 2014, while the 46-year-old father of four also confessed that he hadn’t paid roughly $200k in taxes. Joe has been serving his 41-month sentence since March 2016, just after Teresa was released from her own 11-month sentence in 2015, and it doesn’t look like the holidays have gotten any better for them since Joe’s first away from home.
In October, Joe was ordered by a court to be deported back to his native Italy upon his prison release. Teresa and the Giudice family have since filed an appeal with hopes to overturn the ruling. We’re really rooting for them this holiday season — this family really can’t catch a break.