Teresa Giudice never imagined her husband Joe would be deported back to Italy. Although, she didn’t attend the hearing on October 10, where the judge decided Joe’s fate – an insider says she is just devastated by the news.
A source close to Giudice says, Teresa, 46, “never imaged Joe would really get deported.”
“This is going to break her,” the insider tells PEOPLE. “She always knew that this was a possibility, but she put it out of her head. That’s the only way she could go on living day to day.”
Her decision not to go to court isn’t surprising to the source, who points out Teresa’s need to stay positive.
“That’s why she hates going to see him in prison, too. It’s just like, ‘Keep busy and don’t think about the bad stuff.’ [It’s] a very Italian way to be,” the source explains.
“Joe encourages Teresa to be this way,” the source adds. “He feels a lot of guilt over what happened and would rather she just remained focused on their girls and things at home than have to worry about another one of his problems. It’s sad but this one will be too hard to ignore.”
As hard as it is, a second source close to Teresa — who shares daughters Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 12, and Audriana, 9, with Joe — will “get through this.”
“Teresa is incredibly strong, and whether she admits it or not, I think she had secretly prepared for this,” the source says. “Since Joe’s been gone, Teresa’s grown into her independence. She’s taken control of her life, and she’s raised those girls well.”
“It’s sad, but she’s going to handle this just as well as she’s handled everything else,” the source continues. “She’ll push her own feelings aside to make sure her daughters are being taken care of. Teresa’s a big girl. She’ll put on a brave face throughout it all.”