One day after news broke that Teresa and Joe Giudice are separating, an episode of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” aired that show the two arguing over his lack of citizenship.
Joe was ordered to be deported after being found guilty of fraud in 2016. He moved to the U.S. from Italy as a kid and never became a citizen. He’s currently appealing the deportation ruling.
“He blamed me yesterday,” Teresa said of Joe. “He said, ‘Why didn’t you make me an American citizen?'”
“Listen, all you had to do was pick up a phone and call a lawyer,” Joe told her. “Right, so then why didn’t you do it? Why is it on me now?” she replied
Their 18-year-old daughter, Gia, chimed in: “He’s just speaking out of his ass, ma,” Gia said of her dad. “He’s going crazy. That place is a s—hole. My dad is stuck in a two-by-two with five people. I don’t know what the hell to do.
“He called me five times right now and every single one of his hopes are getting denied and he can’t live with it.”
“It’s like, it’s so sad. I’m trying everything,” Teresa said on camera. “I’m hanging in there. I cry at night when I’m by myself.
“What’s so painful of me, the past five years, our family has been ripped apart,” she continued. “We haven’t been together on holidays. Joe has missed the girls growing up, and that’s something that we can’t get back.”
A source broke the separation news to PEOPLE on Wednesday:
“They discussed their future when Teresa and the girls went to Italy in early November and they agreed that each had to move on. They are doing so amicably and very slowly,” the source says. “Joe has been out on a few dates, Teresa has not. She has been too busy with the girls, with work obligations and taking care of her father. She is happy for Joe. They have been very friendly with one another and are very supportive of each other’s happiness. They still love one another, but as Teresa told Andy Cohen on the WWHL special, they are separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Neither is interested in a long distance relationship.”