Now as Joe remains in ICE custody while awaiting the final decision in his deportation case, The Real Housewives of New Jersey mom reflected on the challenges of doing everything on her own during an interview with Us Weekly on Thursday, October 3. “Being a single mom — Joe left when I came home — it’s hard,” she shared. “It’s like I have to be the mom and the dad. So I’m doing it all by myself. Everything. Taking care of the house, the kids, my dad lives with me, just everything. Being the breadwinner, doing it at all.”
It's the RHONJ couple's four daughters — Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 10 — that keep Teresa going during these tough times. “I do it because I look at my babies,” she said. “I put them on this planet, I made them, so I can’t let them down. They look up to me, so that’s why I’m strong. I’m strong for them. I’m their role model. They look at me like, ‘You gotta tell me what to do,’ and that’s what I’m trying to do. … All four of them are very strong.”
Joe was granted permission to leave ICE custody and wait for a judgment in his pending deportation case in Italy, where he was born, on October 3. He is expected to return to Italy within weeks after a travel document is produced and flight arrangements are made, according to E! News. A source told the publication that a plan and location for Joe in Italy is already in place.
The next court date regarding Joe's appeal is slated for November.
"If he gets deported, he'll never be able to go to their graduation[s], celebrate their birthdays, anything," Teresa shared. "He's going to be missing out on so much. The girls adore their father and no child should have to go through what my daughters are going through. They should have their daddy here."
We'll catch up more with Teresa and her family when RHONJ returns for Season 10 on Wednesday, November 6 at 9/8c. See what this season has in store, below.