Not only has Teresa Giudice been hanging out with her family since her release from prison a week and a half ago, she has also been catching up with friends. One friend she has hung out with is Kim DePaola. On Saturday, Kim posted a photo of herself with one of Teresa’s daughters at Teresa’s home.
The photo shows Kim and Milania posing in front of Joe and Teresa’s Christmas tree. Kim wrote that she’s celebrating the return of Teresa.
Long-time viewers of The Real Housewives of New Jersey will recognize Kim from the show. She appeared frequently on the show’s first few seasons as Teresa’s friend. She didn’t appear very much in the latter seasons, and not at all in Season 6. Since the cast is currently filming the show’s seventh season, perhaps Kim’s visit with Teresa and her family on Saturday means that viewers will once again see Kim when the new season airs?
In an interview with Asbury Park Press in January 2015, Kim DePaola said that she would return to the show.
“I would do it. It’s great exposure and I have fun with it. I don’t take it seriously and I had a good time with it.”
Kim also talked about her friend Teresa Giudice, who had just begun serving her prison sentence for fraud. Kim said that she last spoke to Teresa before she turned herself in.
“I’m going to give her time to settle in and give her space. Let her spend time with her family.”
Kim also revealed that she watched Season 6 of Real Housewives and didn’t like it. Kim believes that the previous cast members, herself included, were more authentic. Alongside Teresa, Season 6 starred Dina Manzo, Melissa Gorga, Amber Marchese, Nicole Napolitano, and Teresa Aprea.
“I think the past season stunk — it was absolutely horrible. It was really bad. It’s just a shame. I just think that we were true and honest in the beginning.”
Kim has always been a very vocal supporter of Teresa’s. In an interview with The Derek Z Show in October 2014, after Teresa and Joe Giudice’s prison sentences were handed down, Kim implied that Teresa didn’t intend to defraud anyone but simply trusted her husband.
“I say this to women all the time because [the things] I see, the things that I hear, the stories that I hear from women — you cannot just sign tax returns! And read your papers, and if your husband doesn’t like it, or your significant other doesn’t like, it’s tough! Because this is a case where something like this happens, and look what happens! You have got to know what you’re signing — you can’t blindly trust a man!”
Besides Teresa Giudice, another woman from the show with whom Kim DePaola is still friends with is Jacqueline Laurita. In August 2015, Jacqueline attended the reopening of Kim’s clothing boutique.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Jacqueline is reportedly currently filming Season 7 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey as a starring housewife. A few days prior to Christmas, Jacqueline attended a Christmas party with Melissa Gorga, Kathy Wakile, Rosie Pierri, and other women who have reportedly joined the show. Presumably, the Christmas party was filmed for the new season. On New Year’s Eve, Jacqueline hung out with Kathy, Rosie and potential new cast members.
Teresa Giudice, meanwhile, spent the last night of the year with Melissa Gorga. As the Inquisitr reported, Melissa posted a photo of herself partying with Teresa and two other friends on New Year’s Eve. It remains to be seen whether Jacqueline Laurita has, or will, film any scenes with her former friend Teresa. The two women used to be so close that they spoke to one another daily. By the end of Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the friendship between them was over. In Season 6, upon hearing about Teresa’s prison sentence, Jacqueline cried and wondered how to reach out to Teresa. Perhaps Kim DePaola will be the one to bring them together?
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