• Milania Giudice celebrated her 16th birthday on Wednesday
  • Teresa Giudice paid tribute to her third daughter on Instagram
  • Joe Giudice left a comment on his ex-wife’s social media post

Exes Joe and Teresa Giudice had a bit of interaction on their daughter Milania’s 16th birthday.

On Wednesday, Teresa, 49, took to Instagram to pay tribute to her third daughter with her ex-husband, also 49. She uploaded a video compiling snaps of Milania taken through the years. She also used the birthday girl’s own song “Can’t Wait to Grow Up” as background music.

“From the very first photo to every photo now, you absolutely steal the show, you keep everyone laughing and have such a sweet gentle soul. You are the best big and little sister, and I thank my lucky stars every day that I get to call you my baby girl,“ Teresa wrote in the caption.

The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star continued, “You are the brightest light, and I can’t believe it’s your sweet 16! Love you today and all of my tomorrows!! Happy birthday beautiful girl.”

Teresa’s post quickly received a flurry of positive responses from her friends and fans. But one stood out since it was from Joe.

“Love her so much,” Joe commented on his ex-wife’s post, adding black heart emojis.

Fans couldn’t help but react to Joe’s comment. One told the former reality TV star that Milania looks so much like him that she could pass as his “twin.” Another consoled Joe by telling him that his daughter “loves you so much too.”

Aside from commenting on Teresa’s post, Joe also wrote his own tribute for Milania on the photo-sharing platform. He uploaded a snap of him and Milania that was taken when all of his daughters rang in the New Year with him in the Bahamas.

“Happy birthday, Milania! I can’t believe you are 16. I am so proud of what a beautiful, sweet, caring and smart young lady you are. I love you and wish I was there to celebrate with you,” he wrote in the caption.

Ever since Joe got deported to his home country, Italy, in 2019, he has been barred from entering the U.S. following the fraud charges that put him behind bars. He has since been residing in the Bahamas.

Fans sympathized with Joe as he couldn’t be with Milania to celebrate her special day with her. They voiced their disappointment over the former Bravo star’s situation.

“It’s unbelievable you can’t be with your kids,” one wrote.

“I’m sure she wishes you were with her too. When are you heading back to the states? So unfair you can’t be with your girls,” another added.

Milania had a simple birthday celebration at home with her mom and her sisters — Gia, 21, Gabriella, 17, and Audriana, 12. Teresa showed off via Instagram Stories the simple blue-green and white cake for the celebrant and the color-coordinated balloons they used to decorate the house.

It appears Teresa has made it a tradition to celebrate Milania’s birthdays with blue-and-white decor. She also used the same color combination for her third daughter’s cake and balloons last year, as pointed out by BravoTV.

Teresa and Milania
Pictured: Teresa Giudice and Milania Giudice attend Antonia Gorga's Sweet 16 Birthday Celebration on August 19, 2021 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Manny Carabel/Getty Images for ABA