Dolores Catania's friendship with Teresa Giudice may go back decades, but even she was caught off-guard when The Real Housewives of New Jersey author revealed that she and her husband, Joe Giudice, would probably not stay together if he does, in fact, get deported back to Italy, where he was born (clip above). “Was I shocked? Yeah, I was,” Dolores said of hearing that bombshell at the reunion during a recent interview with Us Weekly. “But you know what? To me, I have a thing about that. I think that you never know what happens at the time.”
Dolores went on to say that she still has hope that Teresa and Joe will be able to make the long distance work for them if they have to. “There’s really a strong love between them. And, there’s four children between them [daughters Gia, 18, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, Audriana, 9]," she said. "Who knows, maybe … it will all work out and she’ll like it. [Maybe] they’ll like that long distance. And they’ll look forward to seeing each other.”
Perhaps Teresa and Joe just need to remember what it's like to be together and have some romance, according to Dolores. “It’s been several years [since they’ve had sex], you know," she said. "Maybe, there may be some spark that comes back.”
Joe was released from FCI Allenwood Low in Allenwood, Pennsylvania after completing his 41-month prison sentence in March. “Mr. Giudice has finished serving his federal prison sentence and was transferred early this morning from the Bureau of Prisons to a facility in western Pennsylvania which houses immigration detainees," his attorney, James J. Leonard Jr., said in a statement to The Daily Dish at the time. "His lawyers and his family are hopeful that justice will prevail and Mr. Guidice will return home to his wife and four daughters who love him and miss him.”
Prior to Joe's release, a judge ruled in October 2018 for Joe to be deported back to Italy following the completion of his prison sentence. An appeal was filed in November in an effort to keep Joe in the United States with his family. Joe and his family still await the court's decision.
Teresa opened up about the end of Joe's prison sentence and his pending deportation at the RHONJ Season 9 reunion. She told Andy Cohen that she "probably wouldn't" join Joe in Italy if he does end up getting deported.
Teresa later explained during the reunion that staying in the U.S. is what's best for her and Joe's daughters. She also said that she doesn't think a long-distance relationship would work for the couple. "So, I mean, I'm not doing a long-distance relationship. I'm just not doing it. I want somebody with me every day," she shared. "And I know exactly what happens. Like, you know, I'm sure he'll be with other women. You know, it happens. So, if we do the long distance thing, it's not gonna work. I'll be like, 'Bye, bye.'"
However, Teresa said during the reunion that she intends on "sticking by" Joe "to the end." "Yeah, it's just a lot to deal with, my children, what's gonna happen with him, it's a lot. And listen, everyone makes mistakes, but to get deported, that's so sad," she said. "So I'm doing everything I can. I'm spending all this money, I'm appealing it, like everything. Like, whatever has to be done, I'm doing it. I'll fight to the end. That's what I'm doing."
Watch Teresa open up more about Joe at this season's RHONJ reunion, below.