“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice seems to be moving on after her separation from Joe Giudice.
Teresa spent Christmas Eve with her family and ex-boyfriend Anthony Delorenzo, known as “Tony the pool boy” on the Bravo show.
Their friend Louis Todaro shared a group picture with Teresa and Anthony, writing on Instagram, “Christmas Eve! @teresagiudice @melissagorga @joeygorga @shanemichaelre @anthony.delorenzo. #merrychristmas #jersey #friends.”
Melissa also shared a video with Anthony, who joked that they were “the new couple."
Teresa and Anthony sparked romance rumors last week when they were photographed hugging outside a restaurant in New Jersey. A source told E! News, “Teresa and Tony have been spending more time together recently. It's been really nice for Teresa to have someone around, especially during the holidays. After so much uncertainty about her future, Teresa is enjoying how easy and comfortable it is being with Tony."
The insider added, “Teresa and Tony have known each other for decades and even briefly dated when they were teenagers. The two of them have a lot of similar interests but enjoy that they each have busy, independent lives. Tony is a familiar face around Teresa's house, to her brother, father and daughters. Everyone seems to really like him."
While Teresa was spending time with Tony on Christmas Eve, her daughters were reunited with Joe in Italy. He shared a video from the airport, writing, “They are so cute so Happy 😃.”
A few weeks 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.”
At the time, her separation had not been announced yet.
Earlier this year, Teresa explained why her relationship with Joe wouldn’t work if he 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.”