So far this season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, we've seen Teresa Giudice's reunion with her family after spending 11 months in prison for fraud. Joe Giudice, Teresa's husband, has admitted to involving his wife in illegal activities that resulted in her imprisonment. Joe began serving his own 41-month sentence in March of this year, but before he went to prison, rumors of Joe's infidelity while Teresa was away were (and still are) rampant. The rumors, on top of the fact that Joe played a big role in Teresa going to jail in the first place, have led many to ask why Teresa hasn't divorced Joe yet.
In a clip from an upcoming episode of RHONJ, Teresa, at a fancy meal with cast members Melissa Gorga, Siggy Flicker and Jacqueline Laurita discuss the difficulties of maintaining a relationship with their spouses in times of financial distress. Gorga relays a story about not being able to afford diapers for her children during the recession of 2008, and then Teresa admits that she gets asked on a daily basis why she's still married to Joe. Her reason? "I love my husband."
It's hard to imagine that Teresa's not, on some level, resentful of Joe for the mess, financial and emotional, that her family is in and the toll their jail time and the aggressive media coverage of the scandal has taken on their daughters. (Let's hope everyone in this situation has a good therapist.) But ultimately, it's her decision whether or not she leaves Joe, and people who think she should might do well to consider how hard it would be to walk away from a life you've built with your husband of almost 20 years. There are a lot of factors involved in leaving a marriage, and even though this is a reality show, it's still likely there's a lot of information we don't have. Maybe Teresa doesn't have access to her own money, for example, or maybe she really does love Joe and doesn't want to leave him. Stranger things have happened. Either way, though, it's not actually anyone's business.
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