In it for the long haul! The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Jacqueline Laurita spoke exclusively with Us Weekly and revealed why she believes her frenemy Teresa Giudice will never divorce her now-incarcerated husband, Joe Giudice.
“Knowing Teresa with everything that they’ve been through already, I think that she has a thick skin and I think that they will stay together,” Laurita, 46, told Us at a Real Housewives of New Jersey season 7 premiere party at Molos Restaurant in Weehawken, New Jersey, Sunday, July 10.
Despite speculation that Teresa, 44, was planning on splitting from Joe, 44, after he entered New Jersey’s Fort Dix Correctional Institution on March 23 for a 41-month prison sentence for tax fraud, Laurita said that she feels the Giudices’ marriage is unbreakable.
The mom of Ashlee, 25, Christopher, 14, and Nick, 7, pointed out that if Teresa stayed with her Italian-born hubby after he infamously called her a “c–t” on-camera in 2012, then a nearly four-year stint in the slammer shouldn’t affect their nearly 17-year union. (Teresa completed an 11-month sentence for fraud last December.)
“I think that if she can get through our fights and Joe calling her a C-word, I think that they’re going to make it work,” Laurita, who is still working to repair her fraught friendship with Tre, said to Us. “I think she’ll take anything at this point!”
Teresa’s cousin Rosie Pierri, who also attended Sunday night’s Bravo bash, told Us why she thinks the pair will never call it quits.
“[They will] absolutely [stay together]. Because I know them both and they both love each other,” Pierri explained. “And we don’t believe in divorce. We’re Catholic Italians and we grow closer together as the years goes by.”
Aside from their legal troubles, Teresa and Joe — who are parents to daughters Gia, 15, Gabriella, 11, Milania, 10, and Audriana, 6 — have faced infidelity rumors. In May 2015, a tabloid report surfaced claiming Joe hooked up with a woman named Jamie Jackson at an Atlantic City hotel. The father of four vehemently denied the story.
"I guarantee you that nothing happened," he told Us exclusively at the time. "They said they have a video of me in a bedroom? What are they talking about? They said I've been with this girl more than one time — it's not true. I met this girl twice and nothing went on."
After all the adversity they’ve faced together, the reality TV couple, Pierri believes, have become a more powerful team.
“Listen, every family has its ups and downs. I think that brings you closer when you go through something. You’re always a team. ‘For better or for worse’ — those words mean everything. That’s what our parents all taught us: to stay together through thick and thin. And that’s it,” the RHONJ fan favorite shared with Us. “And I believe that Teresa and Joe’s marriage is strong and that they’re going to be fine.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Bravo Sundays at 8 p.m. ET.
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