Real Housewives Of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice is ready for what may feel like the happiest holidays of her life. Following almost a year in prison after she was charged with several fraud counts, Teresa exited federal prison yesterday to overflowing happiness from family and friends. And many of her Bravo friends, from Andy Cohen to Kyle Richards, took to social media to share their heartfelt joy for Giudice, reported iRealHousewives.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) December 23, 2015
Kyle Richards has had a busy year herself, with concern about her sister, Kim Richards, and her own role on Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills. But she also took time to share her happiness in the release of Teresa.
Welcome home @Teresa_Giudice So happy for you and your family to be together this Christmas ❤️
In addition, family and other cast members of the Real Housewives of New Jersey shared their love for Teresa as they welcomed her warmly back just in time to celebrate Christmas with her beloved family, including her daughters and husband, Joe Giudice.
With Christmas comes miracles❤️ Welcome home❤️
— Melissa Gorga (@melissagorga) December 23, 2015
And Amy Phillips summed up the general sentiment from the many friends and family members who sought to share their happiness and joy for Teresa and the Giudice family.
— Amy Phillips (@AmyPhillips_) December 23, 2015
When Teresa came home, she was driven by her lawyer, James Leonard Jr. And the greeting upon her arrival showed Giudice that her family had longed for her return, with signs on the front door such as “We Missed You,” revealed E! News.
With the fireplace providing homey warmth, Teresa settled in. Giudice will spend the remainder of her sentence, which lasts a total of 15 months, confined to her home. But an insider revealed to E! that in addition to the happiness over her homecoming, the family takes pride in the strength and courage that Teresa has shown throughout her ordeal.
“Everyone’s just very proud of how she’s handled things and gotten through it and stayed strong. They’re really thankful she’s finally coming home.”
Teresa has four girls. Her oldest daughter, Gia, is 14, while Audriana is the youngest at 6. Gabriella is 11, and Milania is 10.
“I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family—especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world,” said Giudice following her plea of guilty.
Joe and Teresa faced multiple charges, including conspiracy to defraud lenders, hidden income in a bankruptcy case, wire and mail fraud, and bank fraud. Joe was charged with not filing tax returns for several years, during which period his earnings allegedly totaled almost a million dollars. Giudice faces a prison term of 41 months, in contrast to the 15-month prison term sentence given to Teresa, and his sentence in prison will begin in the near future.
But for now, the family hopes to focus on Teresa’s return to their home.
“No one’s thinking beyond having Teresa home again,” an insider shared with E.
And some of Giudice’s extended family have sought to focus on the future as well, including Joe Gorga and sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, reported Us Weekly.
Joe and Melissa both “reached out” to Joe, and as a result their relationship cracks have mended.
“All four of them are on the best terms they’ve ever been on,” an insider told Us.
And just like the rest of the family, friends, and cast mates of Teresa, Real Housewives alum Amber Marchese expressed her happiness for Giudice to Us.
“I am so happy for her,” declared Amber. “I really am. Mother and her babies united as they should be. It is a true Christmas blessing. I wish the Guidice family nothing but continued happiness, love, and blessings.”
And Teresa had her own message about Christmas after her emotional welcome home from family, revealed E!.
Giudice’s lawyer, James Leonard, revealed the heartwarming greeting that she received from her daughters.
“It was very emotional,” he shared. “It was a private moment but it was very emotional, very powerful and it was something to see.”
And Leonard also shared a message from Teresa that revealed her passion for families.
“‘Merry Christmas. Happy New Year… all of you should go be with your families and your loved ones,'” she urged.
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