Transitioning from life in New Jersey with her family to life in a Danbury, Conn. facility to serve a 15 month sentence hasn’t been easy for Teresa Giudice, but her lawyer says that she’s “adjusting well.”
In a new interview, James J. Leonard Jr. says the Real Housewives of New Jersey star is is staying busy in the kitchen, an outlet very familiar to the best-selling cookbook author. “Teresa has a job working in the kitchen,” her attorney tells People. “She told me she enjoys it because it helps her pass the time and allows her to interact with other inmates.”
It’s also reminiscent of happier times. “She loves being in the kitchen, because it reminds her of home,” he says.
She’s also been very dedicated to hitting the gym. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star sticks to a strict routine of working out after every meal, and now is even taking part in teaching some fitness classes.
”She is helping to teach exercise classes,” Leonard Jr. says. “The women take turns leading classes and she has her little group, so once in a while she takes the lead.”
Despite recent reports of high-maintenance behavior, her attorney assures that is not the case. “Any reports that she is behaving like a diva in prison and not getting along with inmates and the staff is 1,000 percent false,” he says. “She is getting along well with everyone—staff, inmates—all the way down the line.”
Teresa has roughly six months left in prison. In late December, she’ll be released to home confinement, according to her attorney, and will finish out her sentence in early February.