You’ve likely heard the rumors.
You’ve probably read the headlines.
But now we have the answer.
About four months after Joe Giudice was told he was going to be deported next year after he gets released from jail, his famous wife has answered the question that continues to hang over her and her family.
Will she or won’t she divorce Joe in light of this troubling development?
Joe, who has been featured prominently on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, pleaded guilty years ago to multiple counts of financial fraud.
He was subsequently sentenced to over 40 months behind bars, a stint he is currently serving.
In late June, a judge decreed that Giudice (who moved here from Italy as a child, yet never became a United States citizen) must move back to his native country once he’s a free man because he’s an immigrant who committed a felony.
It’s as simple as that.
But Teresa and Joe’s relationship seems complicated.
Can it survive such a traumatic jolt as one half no longer being permitted to live in America?
Is Teresa devastated by this news or secretly celebrating her upcoming freedom?
Asked by Entertainment Tonight over the weekend when she would ever divorce her husband, Teresa answered succinctly:
“No. We’re going to be a family, and we’re going to fight this and get through this.”
Teresa and Joe pleaded guilty to numerous charges of fraud in 2014.
The mother of four was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and started her sentence in January of 2015, but was released early.
Then, earlier this year, 31 months into his sentence, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that Joe had been ordered to leave the United States at the end of his prison sentence.
(He has fewer than 30 days to appeal the decision.)
But will he be going alone? Or might the entire Giudice clan uproot their lives to keep him company?
“We are not even thinking about [whether we’d move to Italy] right now. We’re going to take it day by day. We’re going to take it one step at a time,” Teresa told ET, adding:
“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, and I am not going to be… I am going to be positive about it,” she said. “Joe starts talking about [the deportation order] and I don’t want to talk about it 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.”
The embattled couple has four children:
17-year-old Gia, 14-year-old Gabriella, 13-year-old Milania and 9-year-old Audriana.
In response to her dad’s situation, Gia recently tried to rally support for her imprisoned father.
“My father is no threat to society,” she wrote as a caption to a throwback photo of dad and daughter, adding:
“He is one of the most warm hearted people I know…
“My father did his time. And learned from his mistakes. Isn’t being in there supposed to make you realize your mistakes so you can become a better person?”