‘RHONJ’: Dolores Catania Opens Up About Whether Teresa Giudice Still Loves Joe

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice has had a tough few years. After serving time for tax fraud back in 2015, she then waited for her husband to get out of jail — only to learn that he would be deported as soon as his sentence was over. Now, Joe Giudice is free, but not in the United States; he’s currently living in Italy while his lawyers attempt to work out a way for him to live in the U.S. It’s put a major strain on Teresa’s marriage, and RHONJ co-star Dolores Catania recently opened up about whether Teresa still loves her husband.

Teresa Giudice and Dolores Catania
Teresa Giudice and Dolores Catania | Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

Teresa and Joe have been in a tough place ever since they were sentenced to prison

This RHONJ couple hasn’t had it easy for the past few years. Back in 2013, the two were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and bank fraud, and were accused of making false statements on loan applications. From there, a lengthy trial ensued that found both of them guilty of the crimes. However, the judge deemed Joe more responsible for the crimes than his wife, so Teresa was sentenced to 11 months in prison while he was sentenced to 41 months. She was released early, and the two were able to spend some time together before he left for prison. Since then, though, things have gone downhill.

Teresa and Joe Giudice
Teresa and Joe Giudice | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

Teresa was rumored to be dating someone else while her husband was in jail

Though Teresa visited Joe in jail often, their relationship faced major difficulties with him being away for so long. Eventually, there were rumors that things between them were not going well, and Teresa was later photographed with a 26-year-old who was suspected to be a new love interest. Things only turned worse when Joe learned he would be deported to Italy at the end of his sentence; he had been living in the U.S. since he was a year old but never received full citizenship. Now, Joe is living in Italy while his lawyers try to work something out to bring him back to the U.S. He and Teresa share four daughters who are all living in New Jersey.

Dolores Catania says Teresa ‘loves’ her husband, but not in the way she should

Dolores Catania and Margaret Josephs sat down with Wendy Williams on November 1 to discuss all things Real Housewives. They talked about how Teresa and Joe’s daughter went to prom with Dolores’ son, and Williams then asked how Teresa and Joe’s marriage was doing, to which Catania replied that the two weren’t doing well. When Williams asked if Teresa still loved her husband, Dolores opened up a bit about what she thought of the couple’s relationship. She said Teresa “loves” Joe, but not necessarily as a husband. “I don’t think she wants to hurt him,” Dolores said. “I think she wants a peaceful exit,” referring to divorce.

Right now, it’s unclear if Teresa and Joe will officially divorce. It seems that Joe has a lot going on with immigration, and they might wait and see if he can get readmitted to the U.S. In that case, they could take the direction of working on their marriage rather than ending it. But for now, things are still up in the air.