Joe Giudice released a statement on Instagram on Thursday morning, February 27, after the finale episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 10 confirmed his separation from his wife of 20 years, Teresa Giudice.
Following the declaration of their December split, Joe took to his page to share a slideshow of family photos before revealing that when it comes to his relationship with Teresa, the mother of his four daughters, they have a bond that can never be broken.
“We have both been through something that has brought so much hurt and heartache into our lives, for this is something that I must live for rest of my life. We are both strong, we are both survivors and only want best for our daughters. No matter what past is done,” he wrote.
Joe has been living in Italy since his release from ICE in October of last year. Meanwhile, Teresa continues to raise their daughters in New Jersey, where they previously shared a home.
As he statement continued, Joe told his fans and followers that he and Teresa are determined to show their children that while they may have called it quits on their marriage, they do not hate one another.
“We want to go forward to teach girls all marriages do not end in hate. Love is real and co-parenting is possible. Our daughters are always loved by both of us and now it’s time to start a new chapter in our lives!” Joe continued.
After pleading guilty to fraud, Teresa served an 11-month prison sentence in Connecticut.
Months later, Joe began serving a 41-month prison term in New Jersey before being transferred first to a prison in Pennsylvania and later to an ICE facility in the same state.
Joe was also ordered for deportation and while he has appealed the ruling on numerous occasions over the past several months, it does not appear that he will ever be able to return to the United States from his native Italy.
“[Teresa] does have feelings of resentment for Joe, but she knows this made her stronger. She and Joe still talk everyday and there’s no bad blood between them on a day to day basis anymore,” the source confirmed.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 10 reunion begins next Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Bravo.