Teresa Giudice is one celebrity who has definitely weathered plenty of storms. Each time she is knocked down, she manages to get up, but only stronger and better than ever before. After all, she is one reality television star who is making just as many headlines now as she did nearly a decade ago when she was first introduced as a cast member of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
And while Teresa definitely makes just as many headlines for her antics and all of the things she says, her fans love her for still being as authentic and as real as she was when she first landed on the scene. Because if there’s one thing that hasn’t changed about Teresa Giudice, it’s her fierce love for her family. Sure, she’s made plenty of questionable decisions in the past, but she’s always had her children’s best interest at heart. No one can deny that she’s someone who loves being a mother, even though she’s now a solo mom – and not by choice.
With that being said, here are 20 ways that Teresa Giudice has managed to tackle solo motherhood on her own. Check out our list and let us know what you think!
20 Family First
It’s without a doubt that Teresa Giudice has just as many critics out there as she has fans. But if there is one thing that she has been very clear about throughout the years, it’s that her family always comes first for her. She loves her four daughters – Gia, Gabriella, Milania, Audriana – more than anything else in the world. That’s why she refuses to give up, or give in for that matter. Even though their father Joe isn’t here with them now, Teresa has managed to double the work and pull in double duty as both mom and dad at home.
19 She’s Not Afraid
When it comes to someone like Teresa Giudice, you’ve got to give credit where credit is due. Sure, she’s made plenty of mistakes in the past, but she has owned up to them. What’s more, she’s done everything in her power to turn her wrongs into rights. She also refuses to look weak in front of her daughters or her entire family for that matter. That’s why Teresa always looks like she has a tough exterior from the outside.
But as many reality television fans know, what you see in front of the reality television cameras, isn’t always the entire truth.
18 Her Weaknesses
But then again, even Teresa Giudice knows that the toughest mothers out there can break down behind closed doors. Several years ago, she admitted that she is the most worried about not being there for her daughters, especially during times that they needed her the most.
For Teresa, she worries the most about not being present for her family. She wants to be there for everything – the good, the bad, and even the ugly. “I am [afraid]… not being there for my daughters. I can’t even imagine not being there. I’m their mom,” Teresa told Andy Cohen back in 2014.
“They need their mom. It’s not the same with a father. A mom is a mom.”
17 Feelings of Remorse
You can’t say that Teresa Giudice isn’t the kind of person who can teach her children to be remorseful. After all, she’s a pure example of a mom who knows she did wrong – and had to admit to it in front of the entire world. According to Fox News in 2014 and right before one of her court trials, Teresa said,
“I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions, and express my remorse to Judge Salas and the public. I am [sad] that this is affecting my family - especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world.”
16 Unsteady Ground
Sure, Joe and Teresa Giudice have made plenty of mistakes that they probably regret right now. Unfortunately, they can’t change the past, and that’s why Teresa has been doing everything she can to make her future a better one. But at the same time, she knows she’s standing on unsteady ground.
"It's been a lot for kids to take this all in," she said. "It's sad for the children because they're innocent in all of this, and they're probably thinking, 'Why is this happening? They're smart, so they get it. Like, 'OK, you made a mistake. He's doing what he has to do. Then now why isn't my dad coming home?'"
15 Questions, Questions, Questions
With that being said, Teresa has been dodging questions about her husband’s past, present, and future on an almost daily basis. Some of it she simply can’t explain on her own. "I guess that's something you would have to ask his parents," Teresa said in response to why he never applied for his citizenship, according to Good Morning America.
"You know, his dad became a citizen before he was 18. And then his mom did it after he was 18 and then the laws changed, so, I mean and I don't know why they never made him a citizen of our country."
14 Her Marriage
Another reason why fans love Teresa Giudice so much is because she’s always been very honest and open about her marriage and all of the rollercoaster moments that she and Joe have experienced.
But now that Joe is not at home with Teresa and the girls, things have definitely changed. Teresa is the new head of the family, whether she wants to be or not. She told Good Morning America in an interview, "Yeah, I mean, it's very difficult. You know, we've been through a lot. You know, I've gone through ups and downs like being angry and, you know, but, listen, I have to stay strong. I have four beautiful daughters that, you know, they need their mommy."
13 New Perspective
If there is one thing that can be said about Teresa, is that she’s definitely grown a lot over the years. She has a new perspective on life. While she is definitely more humble than she was before, the reality television star is also not scared to face life's challenges, no matter what they are.
According to AZQuotes, she said that some of the things we're most scared about are there "because we set ourselves up to be [weary]. We are overly attached to our reputations and possessions. When we love and desire what we should be rejecting, we are in conflict with our true selves. That's when the negative energies catch us and use our weaknesses against us."
12 Her Time Away
Teresa spent one year away from her family after she was found guilty of a number of legal issues. The reality television star makes it no secret that it was the hardest year of her life. But with the help and support of her family, friends, and her fans, she made it, thank goodness.
It wasn’t easy, but she knew she had a lot of love waiting for her on the outside. According to PopSugar, Teresa has said, “I know everyone is busy in life and for them to take out the time to still think about me and send me a card or a letter, that really meant the world to me. I'm grateful for that.”
11 Love And Light
Teresa Giudice became a household name thanks to all of her table-flipping antics from the first season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. But the reality television star says that she’s not the same person she used to be ten years ago. As a matter of fact, it’s all about “love and light” for her as she tries to be a better, more positive person for her family. According to Pop Sugar, Teresa said, “I try to look at things in a positive way. If someone says something negative to me, I'll just turn it around into a positive.”
10 Speaking The Truth
If there’s one thing that Teresa’s daughters can always expect from their mother, it’s the truth and nothing less. Sure, she wants to be a more positive person for her family, but at the same time, she doesn’t sugar coat anything. She also doesn’t hide from the facts – at least not anymore. Because she’s a different person now, she’s owning up to everything she does – both on and off camera. Teresa has put it this way, “When there is an issue, I approach it and hit it head-on. I speak the truth. If I do something wrong, then I own it.”
9 New Beginnings
Teresa has taken up yoga as a way to not only de-stress, but take control of her mind and her body. It’s like a new beginning for her, so to speak. Teresa told NBC News, "I got into yoga when I was away, when I was at you know, at the federal correction institute…it was really called 'the camp' where I was...So I just, I was working out every day. They had yoga classes going on so I was like let me try it. I've tried it before and it was kind of hard so it's something that, you know, you just have to keep trying it and once you try it, it does wonders."
8 With Her Daughters, Too
And believe it or not, Teresa also enjoys doing yoga with her daughters, even though not everyone is into it. She has a feeling though that with time, that might change. Teresa would love to spend some quality daughter and me time doing yoga with all four of her girls.
Soon enough it will definitely happen! Teresa said in the same interview, “Gia does [...] yoga. Gabriella and Milania are not there yet. The baby, Audriana, I was sending her to kids yoga. Her and her best friend Olivia - they loved it. She loves it and she loves doing it with me."
7 New Happiness
With a new beginning, comes a new life, and in some ways, a new outlook on what’s important and what’s not. Teresa is a new mother who wants to focus on happiness – both her own and that of her four daughters. Seeing how she’s seen so much in her life already, all she wants is peace. And of course, quiet nights at home cuddling with her four precious girls! Teresa put it this way, "Sometimes things happen in life and you gotta just take the time and do it and you've got to take time out for yourself. And I did and it paid off."
6 No More Ups and Downs
If there is one thing that Teresa doesn’t want in her life anymore, it’s ups and downs– the reality television kind. Speaking about the drama on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa said, "Everything's good. I'm getting to know her because before I didn't get a chance to know her because Jacqueline was, like, in the middle. Like she just was sort of trying to keep us apart. So now I'm getting to know her and she's really sweet. Before I was trying to get to know her, but she had somebody in her ear, I had somebody in my ear so we never got a chance to get to know each other."
5 She Misses Her Mom
One of the reasons why Teresa puts her role as a mother first in her life is because she herself was so close to her own mother. And every single day she misses her and wishes that she could still be here with her today. “I’m still numb over it,” the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star told Entertainment Tonight of the late Antonia Gorga, who passed away back in 2017.
“I still feel like it’s not real. Like, I was just in London and as soon as I got there, matter of fact — as soon I as landed in L.A. — I dialed my mom’s number. So, I feel like it’s still not real to me.”
4 Her Regrets
Because of the decisions that both she and her husband Joe made in the past, Teresa lost out on a lot of time with not only her daughters but her mother as well. And for the reality television star, that’s one huge regret she has.
She can’t make up her lost time with her mom. “I lost my mom [and] that got me really upset and angry,” Giudice, 45, explained. “That’s what made me open up, because I feel like I lost out, those 11 and a half months that I was in [away], you know, [spending time with] my mom.”
3 Jack Of All Trades
Ten years ago, it’s without a doubt that Teresa didn’t think that she would ever be in the position that she is in today. Without her husband and her mom by her side, she’s forced to take on a lot of tasks on her own. In some ways, she’s become a jack of all trades. And while she might be tired at times, she’s also proud of who she has become. Teresa told Reality Blurb,
“I wear so many hats: I’m a mom, I’m a dad, I have to take them to their activities, I have to worry about the house, then I have to work to support everyone!”
2 Will They Move To Italy?
Her husband, Joe Giudice, might come home, or he might not. As of press time, there are reports indicating that he might end up back in his native Italy.
As much as Teresa is proud to be from Italy and how much she loves Italy, she just doesn't want to uproot her family to another country, much less another continent.
Her daughters are especially sad over this. "My second daughter, she's just like me, she's very positive," Teresa said of Gabriella. "She's like, 'We're going [to go against] this right, Ma?' I said, 'Yeah we're going to [...]' She was like, 'OK!' and that's how she was," Teresa shared, according to ET Online.
1 What’s Next For Teresa Giudice?
Of course, no one knows what’s next for Teresa Giudice and her family. Right now, the only thing she is focusing on is making sure that her family always stays protected, healthy and happy. And while that might be hard at times, Teresa is remaining headstrong. She knows what she wants for her and for her gifts. After all, she’s the toughest gal from the Garden State.
Teresa said to Reality Blurb, “I’m pretty confident. That’s what helps me stay strong. I know in my heart nothing was done intentionally. I know I’m a good person. I don’t think I can be taken down.”
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