Joe Giudice From ‘RHONJ’ Says He Learned a ‘Valuable Lesson’

Joe Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey has a message for his family and fans in a Bravo digital original.

Teresa Giudice’s husband was deported back to Italy after completing his 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. Giudice and his family hoped he would remain in the United States, however, Giudice is not a U.S. citizen. His request to remain in the country was denied on September 20.

Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice appear at Mount Airy Resort Casino
Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice appear at Mount Airy Resort Casino |Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Mount Airy Casino Resort

The family fought hard to keep Giudice in the country. His oldest daughter, Gia, along with her mother backed a petition begging for the father of four to remain in the country. Giudice’s daughter Milania shared a photo of her father. She tagged President Donald Trump and wrote, “We will never stop fighting for you daddy. It’s not the same without you. I miss you terribly. I wouldn’t be the person I am today with out you.” 

Although Giudice was ultimately deported he says he learned a lesson through the experience and sends his love back home. Plus, he adds that being in Italy is better than remaining in custody.

He is still looking forward to the future

During the couple’s trial and prison sentences, both always talked about looking and moving forward. “You just gotta look forward and never look back. Life, it’s always better to look through the windshield, and not through the rearview mirror,” he reflected in a Bravo digital original. “You know, it’s a much bigger picture when you are looking through the windshield.”

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He acknowledges that mistakes were made. “At the end of the day, people make mistakes,” he continues. “Nobody’s perfect. Alright, but I’ve learned a valuable lesson from all this and I know my family is the most important thing to me.”

Giudice completed his sentence in March but was taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody where he remained until October. A source close to the family said the conditions in ICE custody were worse than prison. “These past few months in ICE [custody] have been harder for Joe than prison was. The conditions there are terrible,” the insider told People. “He’s so close to freedom, yet so far away. Not being able to see his family, and knowing that he won’t be able to be back home with them, has really broken him.”

Giudice is relieved to be out of custody

Giudice remarks that he’s better off in Italy than in custody. “It’s better that I’m here than in there,” he said in the digital original.

He then shifts to clearly be talking directly to his family. “And I just wanna let you know that I love you and I’m always here for you,” he says to the camera. “You know that.”

The show may capture the family reuniting in Italy, according to Radar Online. A source said Giudice is planning a trip to Italy in November and is receiving a considerable amount of money to allow Bravo to capture the reunion.

The season premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is Wednesday, November 6 at 8/7 central.