‘RHONJ’: Joe Giudice Reflects on a Heartbreaking 2019

As Joe Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey enjoys the holidays with his daughters, he reflects on what has transpired in his life over the last few years.

The family was riding high when Bravo fans first met the family. They seemed to enjoy an endless flow of money and built their massive dream home, stocked with lavish furnishings. But their world imploded when Joe and his wife Teresa were convicted on multiple accounts of fraud. The couple spent time in prison, with Teresa serving her time first so Joe could care for their four daughters.

Andy Cohen, Joe Giudice, Teresa Giudice
Andy Cohen, Joe Giudice, Teresa Giudice| Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

When Teresa returned home, Joe not only faced prison, he also knew he could be deported back to his home country of Italy. Joe arrived in the United States as a toddler but never became a U.S. citizen. Despite the family’s pleas to allow Joe to remain in the U.S., he was ultimately deported and now resides in Italy. The family is now divided with the couple’s marriage on life support. Joe and Teresa’s daughters joined their father in Italy, while Teresa spent a quiet holiday in New Jersey.

‘You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight’

Joe seems reflective but also looks forward to 2020. He shared a video from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air where Will [Smith] connects with his father, only to realize the connection was fleeting. Joe appears to be stung by the clip, realizing he wasn’t there for his girls while he was away.

“2019 got me all sorts of 😢!The day I left over four years ago to go in is shown in this scene it was worst mistake I made hurting my babies! Today, I’m driving girls to Rome I want you all to take this exciting ride into 2020!! It has been the best week of my life being us again! I read a quote in there which stuck with me you cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight,” he wrote along with his post. “All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination. I’m willing to change for my girls.  #motivation #life #MMXX  here’s to turning 50 new outlook and beginning!”

Fans commented in the thread, including Teresa. “Enjoy Rome,” she remarked. Fans realized that Teresa sacrificed her holiday so Joe could enjoy his with the girls. “I have to say that this post is so touching. Both seeing Joe own his mistakes and grow for the girls and your sacrifice this holiday to help him do that,” one fan responded. “Sending the girls to him must of been so hard this Christmas. I hope that you guys can continue to coparent this way it’s a beautiful thing.”

He had an emotional reunion with his daughters

Although the girls previously made a trip to Italy, Joe seems especially emotional spending time with them during the holidays. “I posted this message in morning but I choked up and I took it down then I thought part of regrowth is acceptance!!” he wrote, along with a montage of photos of his daughters.

“This year, I have done a lot of self reflection I now know to be Happy and content with who I am and what I have food, bed, air, girls, and family. I learned in there All you have to do is love yourself and be the BEST! I’m letting go of 2019 with my beautiful girls but promising them the BEST of ME IN 2020!!”They make me proud in so many ways and are my treasures.”❤️❤️❤️❤️ ps didn’t mean to cut my baby out still learning will get in time. 😐”