Teresa real housewives of new jersey react to prison sentencing Teresa (right) and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice (center), stars of the reality television series "Real Housewives of New Jersey," responded to their prison sentencing on Bravo's “Watch What Happens Live.” See how their eldest daughter reacted to their jail time. Photo: Reuters

Teresa Giudice finally broke her silence regarding her 15-month prison sentence when “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star appeared on a special episode of Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live," which you can check out here. Sitting next to her husband Joe (who received a 41-month sentence for multiple fraud charges), the reality show star explained just how nervous she was going into the sentencing last week.

“My nerves were pulling. At one point I couldn't even move my fingers, they were like stuck. I couldn't open my hands,” she told Cohen, demonstrating the stiffness of her fingers. “My nerves were shot. I've had sleepless nights. I mean, I was shocked. I mean, it was very unexpected. I don't even know what to say. I really don't know what to say."

Despite Teresa’s speechlessness, her eldest daughter, Gia, found the words to express how she felt about her parents’ staggered prison time. (Because Teresa’s sentence is shorter, she will go to prison first so that her husband can take care of their children).

"She was being strong for me, I could tell. She was like, ‘Mommy, don't worry about it. I'll be there. … I'll help daddy with the [younger] girls. … She was like, ‘That'll make me a better mom, that will prepare me for when I'm a mom.' I was like, ‘Oh my god.' It broke my heart when she said that," Teresa explained.

According to E! Online, Gia’s guidance counselor told Teresa that the school will monitor her, taking her out of gym class once a week so the 13-year-old reality star could have time to talk about her family’s situation. "She said the one person [Gia's] worried about is me," Teresa explained.

But Teresa has four things on her mind as she prepares for a more than a year behind bars: Gia, Gabriella, 9, Milania, 8 and Audriana, 5. “All I said to my husband was, ‘All you have to do is please take care of our daughters. That’s all I ask. Please, you’ve got to do what I do,’’ the New Jerseyan said.

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