After the season finale of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa and Joe Giudice sat down with Andy Cohen to break their silence on the indictment. Andy revealed at the beginning of the interview that Bravo had been speaking with Teresa and Joe’s lawyers, who made it clear they could not speak about certain specifics regarding their criminal allegations, because it could impact their defense. Andy ensures Teresa and Joe they are abiding by that request.
“I’m not happy about it. I’m sad. I can’t believe this is happening to us,” Teresa reveals when Andy asks what the last month has been like. “It feels like a dream and I have to be strong for my husband and for my children and I’m trying to do the best I can.”
Andy asks, “Were you surprised by the charges?” Joe Giudice answers, “Yes.” Andy asks, “No inkling any of this was coming?” Joe reveals, “There was talks but I didn’t know exactly what was gonna happen.”
When asked why Teresa and Joe didn’t stay out of the public eye once the charges were filed, Teresa says, “I’m not crawling under a rock and hiding. That’s not me. I’m still gonna be the person who I am and the day I go to court and we’ve resolved this everyone will see who Joe and I really are. I’m not just running away.” Joe adds, “We pleaded not guilty for a reason. Cause we’re not guilty but if we were guilty we would have pleaded. There’s no reason for us to plead, so we’re gonna stay positive, keep our chins up and just keep moving.”
“Gia knows that there’s something going on,” Teresa says when asked what they’ve told their children regarding the charges. “But she’s good we’ve talked to her. We’re like ‘Mommy and Daddy were gonna go to court and Mommy and Daddy are gonna fight this’ and she’s good with it.” Teresa adds, “She knows it’s about business dealings and she knows our attorney’s are handling it and that’s it.” When Andy asks if Gia knows her parents are facing jail time, Teresa says, “I think she knows sometimes things are exaggerated, especially in the magazines, so we haven’t really gotten into that.”
Andy asks if the Giudices have thought about who they would want to care for their children if they weren’t able to. “I’m not really thinking about that right now,” Teresa says. “I’m just focusing on my family, focusing on being a wife, a mom to my four beautiful daughters, and that’s it, Andy.” Andy says anyone that watches the show wonders if Melissa and Joe would be the ones to care for the Giudice girls if the situation came to that. “If God forbid something should ever happen where we would worry about where the kids would have to go, it wouldn’t be Melissa and Joe,” Joe insists. “I would have my sister, my brother, which I don’t even think my kids would wanna go with Melissa and Joe because of all the things they say on television about their mom.”
“Do you think the show brought these charges on?” Andy asks. “Absolutely, yeah,” Joe Giudice says. “If I wasn’t on the show nobody would care.”
As far as Teresa’s plans to return to season 6 of RHONJ, she says, “I still want to keep working and I just hope the other women on the cast have the same respect and give me the respect, because if this was happening to them, I would give them that respect. Meaning I can’t speak about legal issues and I don’t want them jumping down my throat like ‘Why aren’t you telling me this?’ because nothing can be discussed. The only person I can discuss anything with would be my attorney.”
After Joe explains to Andy that they hire accountants and lawyers to take care of their finances, Andy asks if they feel like they have been “roped” in to something that they have nothing to do with. “Well, obviously,” Teresa says. “It’s unfortunate, but I’m a big girl, I have an attorney and we’re gonna fight this.”
Andy recalls the moment during RHONJ where Joe revealed he had serious fears about going to jail over his identity theft case. “You gotta put it in the back of your mind,” Joe says. “You can’t let it interfere with everyday activities, otherwise you’d be a mess. I think about it, but do I let it break me down? No.” Teresa adds, “I feel bad for him, I feel bad for me, I don’t understand why this happened to us.” Andy points out that Teresa feels like it is happening TO her. “Now I have anxiety. I wake up in the middle of the night. I used to sleep like a baby, now I get up and I do have sleepless nights,” she admits.
Next, Andy brings up the fact that Joe could be deported. “Yes I am,” Joe says when Andy says he isn’t a U.S. citizen. “I have a green card. I’m a legal resident, I just never went and applied for my citizenship.” When asked if he’s worried about being deported, Joe says, “I’m not gonna worry about that until the day comes. We got the attorneys to take care of that.”
When asked if they think they’re living beyond their means Teresa says, “No.” Andy asked Joe if he’s worried about how much Teresa is spending, he answers, “Obviously being on the show she has to buy new things. Can’t be on the show and wear the same thing twice, at least that’s what she told me.”
Joe also shares he found out the feds were investigating their finances a few years ago. “We had some people from the IRS come by and didn’t think nothing of it,” Joe says. When Andy asks if they feel like they’ve made any financial mistakes, Joe admits, “Nobody’s perfect. Everyone makes mistakes.” When Andy asks if he takes any responsibility for the charges, Joe replies, “No.”
Andy asks Teresa if she thinks she could survive in jail. “I can’t even think about that,” she says. “I don’t even think about that. I haven’t done anything.” Joe adds, “She hasn’t done anything so why should she think about jail?”
Andy asks Teresa if she thinks she’s in denial about the severity of the charges, she admits, “I never even knew I was this strong. It’s hard for me to get emotional sometimes, but I do. I am human.”
The Giudice trial is set for February of 2014.
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