Teresa Giudice is free and ready to put prison behind her — if only she can shake the horrific memories first. On Tuesday, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star sat down for her first TV interview since being released.
Teresa, 43, dished on all the details of her imprisonment, including the not-so-glamorous ones. ET Online reports that during the interview with "Watch What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen, the Bravo reality star revealed that shortly after arriving at Danbury Women's Correctional Facility she was greeted with a humiliating strip search. She was then shown to her cell, which was a far cry from the luxury accommodations she's grown used to over the years. Teresa told Andy that while the prisoners she shared a room with were lovely, she was "not at all" comfortable with the bedding situation.
"I look at my bed ... There was urine stains, blood stains on the mattress. It was disgusting," she said. "By the time I get to my room, it was like 4:30 a.m. Pretty much after my bed was made, everyone was sleeping in my room."
Although the conditions were a major issue for Teresa, the thing she struggled with most was missing her family. In an excerpt from her prison memoir, released to People magazine, the "RHONJ" star detailed her tragic final moments with her four children and husband. The portion of her book, titled "Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again," revealed to readers that she spent her final family moments in bed with daughters Gia, Gabriella, Audriana, Milania and husband Joe Giudice. After telling her kids she would be leaving that night, they began to break down one by one. Teresa writes that she, along with Gia, 13, and Joe, 43, attempted to calm them down to no avail.
As challenging as it was to leave her kids and husband behind for almost a year, Teresa used them as fuel to get through her imprisonment. According to the New York Daily News, which obtained a copy of the book ahead of it's Feb. 9 release, Teresa spent much of her time thinking about Joe. She even went as far as to write him explicit cards in an attempt to keep the spark in their marriage alive.
Fans hoping to hear more about Teresa's time behind bars can purchase her book, "Turning the Tables," which is available in stores now. Teresa will also likely discuss some aspects of her imprisonment, as well as Joe's impending jail time, on Season 7 of "RHONJ" on Bravo.