"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Joe Giudice is slated to report to prison on Wednesday, but 41 months behind bars could be the least of his worries. For several months rumors have been swirling about wife Teresa Giudice potentially leaving her man while he serves his time for fraud charges — but could it be true?
According to a report from TMZ, Joe, 43, is planning to be way less public than his wife was during her 15-month imprisonment. He will be receiving no extra attention from Bravo while in prison. Joe won't be getting a special of his own nor will he play a major role in wife Teresa's "RHONJ" storyline. TMZ suggests that her storyline will focus solely on her attempt to get back to normal after prison. As for divorce rumors, the publication claims Teresa, 43, will stand by Joe throughout the entirety of his more than three year sentence.
This is hardly the first time questions have cropped up about Joe and Teresa's marriage. On Feb. 9, the "RHONJ" couple sat down with People magazine to clear up any confusion. Teresa denied ever having been approached about her husband having been unfaithful while she was behind bars, calling those rumors "sad." She also said she felt bad for Joe, who became a target while she was away. Teresa claimed multiple women attempted to sell photos of them with Joe in the hopes of stirring the pot. Joe agreed, telling People that his marriage had never hit a rough patch. In fact, he said they were stronger than ever before after all they'd been through together.
"Our marriage has always been strong. We never had a problem with our marriage," he said. "But I definitely learned to appreciate her more not having her around for a year."
Perhaps the rumors aren't phasing Teresa and Joe because of the many very real challenges facing them as a result of their crimes. On March 2, Entertainment Tonight released an interview with the pair in which they discussed the idea of Joe being deported to his native Italy after prison. The "RHONJ" husband made no bones about it, telling ET that "anything can happen." He added that, while he is incredibly worried about it, he and his wife would cross that bridge when they came to it.
"We will deal with that when I get out," he said.
As was previously reported, Joe will be reporting to Federal Correctional Institution, Fort Dix in New Jersey — the same prison housing "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Apollo Nida. He will serve 41 months inside the facility, beginning Wednesday.