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Teresa flew to Italy last week with her four daughters (Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 10) to see Joe for the first time out of custody in more than three years. Joe has been in his native Italy since he was released from ICE custody on October 11 after he was granted permission to await a final decision in his ongoing deportation case overseas.
Though Teresa previously noted during her October 27 interview with Andy Cohen how important this reunion could be in determining the fate of her marriage to Joe, she said on GMA that the trip was really more about the couple's children. "I was so overjoyed seeing my daughters, how happy they were seeing their dad," she said. "This trip was like all about focusing on our daughters. It's like, it really wasn't about us."
All in all, it turned out to be an unforgettable trip for everyone. "We just were there to enjoy each other's time, lots of laughs, lots of tears, reacquainting with each other. It was pretty amazing. We had the best time ever. It was so good," Teresa shared. "My daughters are at an age now, Joe and I were just so amazed how mature and beautiful and smart they really are. They blow us away."
Teresa said that Joe was devastated when it was time for her and their four daughters to leave Italy and head back home to New Jersey. "After we left, he cried the whole day, he said," Teresa recalled. "He was so sad."
When asked if Teresa felt anything for Joe when she saw him in Italy, she said, "There's always gonna be a place in my heart for Joe. I'm always gonna love him, no matter what."
Teresa confirmed that she has no plans to file for divorce. However, their future as a couple still remains up in the air. "I don't know. Imagine, you lived in Italy and he lived here. I don't know. I mean, I don't know if that's a feasible relationship," she said, adding that whether or not she thinks she can find love again with Joe is "to be determined." "We're taking it day by day."
The Real Housewives of New Jersey author said that she does believe she can find love again, whether or not it is with Joe, and she wants the same for her husband. "We only want the best for each other, we really do. And like, see, I'll start crying because we both do," Teresa said while getting emotional during the interview. "I kept crying on the trip because of that."
Teresa said she isn't sure if she would ever return to Italy by herself to have more time to spend with Joe alone. "I don't know about that," she said. "We'll see. I don't know."
Joe and his family are still waiting to see how a judge rules on the latest appeal of his deportation order. "Basically, we just got to wait and see," Joe said during his interview with Andy last month. "We have a good lawyer on it, and hopefully these judges rule on it and just do the right thing."
Watch Teresa and her daughters prepare to see Joe in Italy, above.
See how the Giudice family is dealing with Joe's absence this season of RHONJ, below.
Photo: Luke Neslage/@lneslage
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