Teresa Giudice insists she has 'always' been faithful to husband Joe after returning from Italy to see him - but admits she does not know if their relationship is still 'feasible' while he awaits ICE deportation ruling
- The 47-year-old Bravo star appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday
- She said that while she had the 'best time' with her husband, she does not know if they have a future
- Joe was sentenced to 41 months in prison in 2014 for a host of fraud charges
- Teresa served 15 months and was released in December 2015
- Because Joe is not a US citizen, he was deported and is now awaiting a decision on whether or not he can come back to America in his native Italy
- Teresa took their four daughters to visit him last week but says she does not know if she will go back alone
- She has no immediate plans to divorce him, she said, despite believing that he was unfaithful to her
- Giudice said she wants them both to be happy, even if with other people
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice admitted that she does not know if she sees a future with her convicted felon husband Joe on Thursday, days after returning from Italy where he is awaiting a decision on whether or not he can ever come back to the US.
The 47-year-old reality TV star and her husband were both convicted of an array of fraud charges in 2013 and they were sentenced to 15 months and 41 months behind bars.
He was released in March but was taken into ICE custody because he is not a US citizen. He went back to his native Italy to await a decision on his deportation case last month.
Teresa and their four daughters visited him last week and returned on November 10.
On Thursday morning, she told Good Morning America that while the trip was 'the best ever' and made their daughters happy, she is uncertain about her future with him.
'We had the best time ever. It was so good. I was so overjoyed seeing my daughters, how happy they were seeing their dad. This trip was all about focusing on our daughters, it really wasn't about us.
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Teresa Giudice said on Thursday that she does not know if she has a 'feasible' future with her husband Joe, who is awaiting a decision on his deportation case in Italy
Teresa has just returned from visiting her husband (center) in Italy with their four daughters. He was released from federal prison in March and had been in an ICE facility until October, awaiting a decision on whether or not he will be allowed to stay in the US. He left the facility to await the decision in Italy last month
'He said he cried after we left. He cried the whole day, he said. Missing his daughters. He was so sad,' she said.
Asked if she saw a future with him, she answered hesitantly: 'There's always going to be a place in my heart for Joe. I'll always love him. Always.'
She insisted she had been 'completely' faithful to him throughout their marriage, including when he was in jail and now in Italy, but gave pause when asked if he had been faithful to her.
'I never caught him, it was like hearsay.'
Giudice said that while she does not know what the future holds for the pair, she does not plan on filing for divorce soon.
'Not anytime...,' she started to say, before answering firmly: 'No.'
She was less certain about whether or not the pair were still in love or had a future as a couple.
'I don't know. Imagine he lived in Italy and you lived here? I don't know if that's a feasible relationship.
Teresa said the trip was 'the best ever' but was for their daughters and was not romantic
In 2013, the couple were convicted of a host of fraud charges. Teresa spent 15 months in prison and her husband said 41 months in prison
'To be determined!' she said, adding that they were 'taking it day by day'.
She did say that she was open to finding love with someone else if her marriage to Joe fails.
'I'm still young. If it does go that path, I want the same for Joe... if that's the path we choose, yes.
'We only really want the best for each other, we really do. I'll start crying because we both do. I kept crying on the trip because of that.
'I do want happiness again, I want Joe to be happy, my daughters, well they are happy,' she said.
Suspicions: Both Teresa and Joe admitted they thought the other had been unfaithful during their prison sentences when interviewed by Bravo's Andy Cohen in a special TV event last month
Asked if she would return to Italy to spend time with him alone, she said awkwardly: 'I don't know about that.
Teresa said that she wants her husband to 'be happy', even if with another woman
The trip to Italy, she said, made her prouder of her daughters than she has ever been.
'As a mom, you don't know if you're doing a good job but when you see your children and how they are and present themselves and how they speak then you're like, "Wow, I did do something right."'
She added that not being able to see was 'a guilt' her husband 'has to live with every day.'
Since joining the Housewives, she said her life has changed unimaginably.
'When I first started the show they asked me where did I see myself in five years. Never in a million years did I think I would be in legal troubles,' she said.
Since she was imprisoned, she has written two biographies.
The 10th season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey started last week.