The past few months have not been easy for the Giudice family, but they're making the best of a bad situation. With Teresa serving time for fraud and Joe now the only at-home parent, both Real Housewives of New Jersey stars have had to adjust to a new normal. In Teresa's case, that means making do without even little luxuries.
A recent family photo taken in the visitation room at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., shows just how much the Bravo-lebrity had changed. In the pic — shared exclusively with Us by the Giudices themselves — Teresa, 42, sports shorter, curly hair, a green prison jumpsuit, and considerably less makeup than she wears on RHONJ.
Inside the new issue of Us Weekly, the reality star and her husband open up for the first time about her ordeal, and how it has affected daughters Gia, 14, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 5. During a four-hour chat at the couple's Garden State mansion, Joe, 44, confided in Us Deputy News Director Jennifer Peros about everything from his Mr. Mom duties and Teresa's life behind bars to their nightly phone calls and weekly visits at Danbury.
"I cry more than the girls," Joe admits to Us of saying goodbye to his wife, 42, at the end of their six-hour reunions. "I pretty much cry every time I leave. Like a little baby."
Teresa, for her part, is staying strong and making sure that her family is taken care of. She emails with her daughters regularly, though her youngest, Audriana, "thinks she's working," Joe tells Us.
"I miss Joe and my girls terribly," adds Teresa to Us (through her lawyer).
For much, much more from our interview with the Giudice family — including more photos of Joe at home with his daughters, details on how the girls are coping, and exclusive quotes from Teresa — pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, out now.