The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star, 47, told Page Six at BravoCon that she was “happy” to visit Joe, 47, in Italy last month, explaining, “I was happy my daughters were finally seeing their father. There’s a lot of mixed emotions.”
But the girls are still hoping that he will be able to return to their New Jersey home, as he is currently living in in Sala Conselina while a judge determines if he should be deported to his native country.
He was previously away from Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10, for 41 months while he served a prison sentence for fraud. He was then held by ICE, as he never became a US citizen.
While Milania coped with her father’s absence through song during “RHONJ” Season 9, Teresa said that she’s done in the recording studio for now.
“I think she’s taking a break with the whole song thing,” she said. “She’s like, ‘Mommy, I think I’m going take a break now.’ She’s like, ‘Maybe I’ll revisit it when I’m 18.’ I thought that was so cute.”
Meanwhile, Gia is attending Rutgers University and wants to become a lawyer, with Teresa noting that she “doesn’t know which kind” of law Gia hopes to one day practice. Still, she’s proud of her daughter, saying, “What mom wouldn’t [want a lawyer in the family]?”
“I’m happy for her,” she said of Gia living away from home. “You know, this is her new chapter in her life, and I’m living vicariously through her ’cause I wasn’t allowed to go away. She FaceTimes me all the time. I love it. We’re really close.”
Gabriella may follow in Gia’s footsteps, although she is not looking at colleges just yet.
“She’s a [high school] freshman, but she’s, like, super smart,” Teresa said. “She’s amazing. She’s in all honors classes. So I think she’s going to be able to get into any school she wants.”
While Teresa didn’t say much about how Audriana is doing, her Instagram is filled with snaps of her in different dance competitions.
It is unclear when the girls plan to see Joe again, but Teresa recently revealed she won’t be seeing him until the summer. By then, she’ll have plenty to update him on.