"I was looking at two different people. I was with them the night before he left [to begin his prison sentence], and they were very much in love at that time," Dolores told The Daily Dish during an interview in New York City on October 31. "What I had noticed back then, four years ago, was that she had just come home and he was leaving, right? She had almost matured when she was away, and he was still the Joe that she left. But he's not coming back to the same Teresa, that's for sure."
Dolores said she has spoken to Teresa since the interview aired. "She's doing OK. She's anxious to see him. She's going [to Italy] soon, and it's the first time she's going to see him, physically be able to hug him or touch him. That's gonna be very telling for the relationship," she shared. "But she's made it clear she does not want a long distance relationship. So time will tell."
Now looking ahead for the Giudices, Dolores expressed her hope for a bright future for the family, no matter what comes their way. "I wish them the best. I know at the end of the day they'll do what's right for their children, and that is get along and just make peace and make the best of what they have," she said. "And I will be there to help along with that because I know that. I know how to do that."
During their conversation with Andy on October 27, Teresa and Joe both seemed uncertain about what the future holds for their marriage if The Real Housewives of New Jersey husband is deported. However, Teresa previously expressed during the RHONJ Season 9 reunion that she "probably wouldn't" follow Joe to Italy if he is deported.
Joe shared an update on the current status of his appeal of the judge's deportation decision during the interview. "Basically, we just got to wait and see," he said. "We have a good lawyer on it, and hopefully these judges rule on it and just do the right thing."
Teresa plans to visit Joe in Italy in a few weeks, along with their four daughters (Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 10). She told Andy that she's not sure how she's going to feel when she's finally reunited with her husband, although she noted that her feelings about the situation could change once they're together. "Like I told him, no matter what, I always want us to respect each other and I do love him as a person," she said. "I'll start crying because I do, I care about him, I love him, I don't know how I'll feel when I see him. That's why I'm so nervous when I see him in person."
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