TERESA and Joe Giudice wanted to get their divorce finalized and “move forward with their lives” — but the former couple remains friendly.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, who was married to Joe for 20 years, finalized her divorce from her ex-husband on Wednesday while Joe adjusts to life back in Italy, Hollywood Life reported.
Teresa and Joe, who reportedly have been talking about divorce for “a while now,” announced they were separated in December 2019 amid Joe fighting his deportation to Italy.
“They both just wanted to get the divorce done and move forward with their lives since they live halfway around the world from one another,” the source said.
The couple remains positive through the divorce despite ending their marriage.
The source said: “Teresa doesn’t look at this as finally pulling the plug on their marriage. She and Joe have been been separated and talking about divorce for a while now and are extremely amicable.”
Joe, who previously said he “felt rejected” when he realized his marriage was over, still calls his ex-wife every day, the source said.
“They talk daily and are very friendly. Joe calls Teresa multiple times a day,” the source said.
Teresa and Joe share four daughters together: Gia, 19, Gabriella, 16, Milania, 15, and Audriana, 11. But Hollywood Life said the girls were not shocked by the divorce.
“This also didn’t come as a shock to the girls. They told them months ago this was happening. They remain the priority in all of this,” the source said.
Teresa, 48, and Joe have not lived together since Joe left for prison in 2016 – when he was incarcerated on charges of mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud.
Teresa has since listed their 10,000-square-foot six-bedroom home in New Jersey for $2.5 million.
This year, Joe has been documenting his renovation of an Italian villa owned by Teresa’s father in a YouTube show called This Old Villa with Joe Giudice, People reported.
Joe, 48, plans to live in the home which his children will stay in when they visit after the European Union lifts its suspension of travel from the U.S.
The source said: “They want to see their dad very badly and had to cancel their August trip due to COVID. As soon as it’s safe to travel to Italy, they’ll visit, which they’re hoping will be soon.”
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