After deciding to end her 20-year marriage to Joe Giudice in The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 10 finale, Teresa Giudice gave an update on the status of their relationship in Part 2 of this season's reunion on Wednesday, March 11.
When host Andy Cohen asked Teresa if she and Joe are getting divorced, she said, "I mean, we didn't get there yet. We're gonna take it one step at a time."
Their parents' separation hasn't impacted their relationship with Joe at all, according to Teresa. Things are still "great" between Joe and his daughters, she said during the reunion. "Like you see, they always have his back, and they all stick up for him," Teresa said, adding that she is "fine" with that.
This season of RHONJ, we saw Teresa and Joe's relationship more strained than ever before with him making some not-so-nice comments to his wife when he called from ICE custody (Joe was released to Italy from ICE custody in October). Teresa said at the reunion that she never discussed Joe's comments with their children. "But I tell my daughters. I'm very, very open with them. I say to them, 'Daddy's a great father. I don't want a guy to speak to you like the way Daddy speaks to me.' I'm like, 'I want you to find a guy that puts you on a pedestal in front of everybody.'"
But Teresa said that she was never treated poorly by Joe and they "had a great marriage." "I was not unhappy because I'm telling you the only time he treated me like the way that he spoke to me like that was on the show," she explained in the above clip. "He would try to act like this macho guy. I don't know what it was. But behind the scenes, he was good to me."
Teresa's sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, disagreed with that. "No, it was not just on the show. He hated the cameras, he did, and he would get so frustrated. So you would see it more," Melissa recalled. "But he didn't baby her at all. He wasn't passionate."
Melissa also told Teresa, "You can do a lot better."
This season of RHONJ kicked off with rumors of infidelity swirling around Teresa. Andy asked her about the time he ran into her on the beach in Miami when she was hanging out with a group of guys. Teresa said during the reunion that "nothing" was going on then. "We were hanging out, having a great time," she said. "It was fun."
Rumors that Teresa had been cheating on Joe while he was still in custody grabbed headlines, but she said that her daughters "didn't even know about it." "My kids don't look on the internet," Teresa said.
However, that was until Joe's brother, Pete Giudice, decided to tell Gia about the rumors. "Gia found out from my brother-in-law, which I f--king ripped him a new a--hole for it," Teresa said. "Like, if you have something to say, you call me. Me, me, me."
Andy asked Teresa if Joe's family blames her for his legal issues. "I'm sure the whole family does because of the show," she said. "I'm sure they all do."
As for Tony, that hot pool contractor Teresa used to date, the RHONJ cast member said that they are just friends. "The pool guy is a dear, dear friend of mine," Teresa said. "Like, I adore him."
Now that Joe is in Italy, Teresa agreed with one fan wondering if she feels like she has "the green light to have a little fun." But no, she hasn't gotten romantic with anyone yet, not even a kiss. "I want to, though," Teresa admitted. "I'm dying to."
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