“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Teresa and Joe Giudice are calling it quits after two decades of marriage.
A source close to the family told People magazine that Teresa and Joe “have been separated.”
The insider added, “They discussed their future when Teresa and the girls went to Italy in early November and they agreed that each had to move on. They are doing so amicably and very slowly.”
The split comes just a month after Teresa and Joe reunited for the first time since his release from ICE custody.
“Joe has been out on a few dates, Teresa has not,” the source revealed. “She has been too busy with the girls, with work obligations and taking care of her father. She is happy for Joe. They have been very friendly with one another and are very supportive of each other’s happiness. They still love one another, but as Teresa told Andy Cohen on the WWHL special, they are separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Neither is interested in a long distance relationship.”
Though they are going their separate ways, there are "no plans for the divorce,” the sources insisted.
According to the source, their daughters Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10, will be heading to Italy to spend Christmas with Joe, while Teresa stays back in New Jersey with her dad.
A few days ago, “Extra” caught up with Teresa, who admitted that she wasn’t sure what the family will be doing for Christmas. She said, “We have a lot going on. I’m going to my sister-in-law’s Christmas Eve, I think… We might go to Italy… We’re still deciding.”
Earlier this year, Teresa explained why they would split if Joe was deported. During the "Real Housewives of New Jersey” Season 9 reunion episode, Teresa told Andy Cohen, “I’m not doing a long-distance relationship. I’m not doing it.”
“I know exactly what happens — I’m sure he’ll be with other women. It happens,” she continued. “You do the long-distance thing, it’s not going to work. I’d be like, ‘Bye-bye.’"
Joe and Teresa have been living apart for four years. Joe served a 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud, while Teresa served a little over 11 months for the same crimes.
In October, the state of their marriage was unknown. Teresa shared with Andy, “I just feel like when you live apart… He says the same thing, when he sees me, he may not want this either. We’ll know when we see each other.”
She emphasized, “I want to wake up with someone every single day. I think [the kids] get it. I don’t think they want to see it happen, obviously, but I think they understand. Because the way I explained it to them, how are we going to live apart? I don’t think he would be faithful. I think he would have someone there and have me here. I just don’t want to live that life.”
In 2017, Teresa also wrote about the possibility of their relationship ending in her memoir “Standing Strong.” She said, “People think that I’d never leave Joe. But that’s not the case. If things with Joe aren’t good… between us when he gets home, I’d absolutely end our relationship.”