Teresa Giudice is admitting that she “felt like [she] was dying” before surrendering for her almost 12 month prison sentence in January, 2015.
Giudice made the candid admission in a new interview with E! News, where she also confessed that she was worried her children would forget about her while she was away at Danbury Correctional Facility in Connecticut.
“I felt like I was dying, I really did,” The Real Housewives of New Jersey star told E! News earlier this week. “It’s like that movie Stepmom,” Giudice continued, “I felt like I was dying and that I only had three months left to share every precious moment with my daughters before I left.”
Teresa then admitted that her extended stint behind bars also made her worry that her youngest daughter, Audriana, who was 5-years-old when Giudice entered the Connecticut correctional facility, may forget her while she was locked up.
“I felt like, especially with my baby Audriana, I was like, ‘Oh my God, is she going to forget me?’ ” Giudice said. “I mean, she was only five years old at the time. I don’t want her to forget about me.”
“I mean, I’ve never been away from my children,” Teresa continued in the candid new interview, where she was visibly emotional while discussing her time behind bars. “They’re my life, like, I live for them,” Giudice added, “Everyone knows I’m very hands-on with my kids – they are my lifeline.”
“I’d rather not go to a red carpet event, I’d rather be home with my children,” Giudice concluded. “I live for them.”
Earlier this week, the New York Daily News‘s Confidenti@l shared an excerpt from Giudice’s new memoir, Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again, where Teresa revealed details about her final night with her four daughters before surrendering for her almost year long prison sentence.
Revealing that she told her youngest daughters that she was “going away for work reasons,” Teresa revealed that she told her children, Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana, that “Mommy has to leave” as they lay in bed the night before she entered prison.
Giudice also revealed in the book excerpt that her daughter, Gabriella, became “hysterical” when Teresa broke the news, causing the rest of the family to also break down in tears.
The memoir excerpt also alleged that Teresa removed her hair extensions the next morning as she left, at which time Teresa’s husband, Joe, told her he loved her and gave with a rosary and two medals, one of of St. Christopher and one of St. Teresa.
— Melissa Gorga (@melissagorga) February 8, 2016
Teresa’s latest prison confession comes just one day after it was officially announced that Giudice would be returning to Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey for Season 7 alongside her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, and former co-star Jacqueline Laurita.
Giudice confirmed the big news on social media on February 8, telling her more than 1 million followers, “You guys excited for me, @melissagorga @JacLaurita @Bravotv #RHONJ Season 7? I am!!
Teresa also issued a statement to Bravo’s Daily Dish after the news broke, claiming that the Teresa Giudice we see in Season 7 will be “Teresa 2.0.” “I am very excited to be back,” Giudice said, “For me, this season is all about letting go of the past and embracing the future. People are calling me Teresa 2.0.”
Gorga also took to social media to confirm the big casting news, posting a photo of herself alongside Giudice and Laurita on her official Twitter page.
“We’re Baaack!,” Melissa wrote on the 140-character site, “@Teresa_Giudice @JacLaurita #rhonj Season 7 Baby!”
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