The Real Housewives of New Jersey Teresa Giudice reflects on her time in prison and reveals if she keeps in touch with the women she met there

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Before Erika Jayne and Jen Shah’s current legal woes, Teresa Giudice and her then-husband Joe Giudice were charged with bomb fraud in 2013. The pair would eventually reach a settlement with prosecutors: They pleaded guilty to 41 counts of fraud, with Teresa being sentenced to 15 months and Joe to 41 months in prison. The situation that played out in previous seasons of the The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but the show’s headliner reflects on the time in prison in a whole different way now. She also reveals if she keeps in touch with the women she met there.

In the end, Teresa Giudice served less than 12 months of her 15-month prison sentence. (She was released on Christmas Eve in 2015.) As seen on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Giudice struggled for some time to deal with the loss of time from her four daughters and her elderly mother (the latter eventually died more than a year after her release from prison). But the reality star is getting candid about the ordeal and her ex as well. She told Andy Cohen about her SiriusXM radio broadcast:

I agree that I went to jail. I’m fine with it now. Remember Andy [Cohen]? I didn’t want to say the word before. … It bothered me for a long time because I know in my heart that I wasn’t supposed to go. And I know I only went because I’m in the public eye. Listen, I’m going to shout it to the whole world. I signed two contracts that Joe [Giudice] was turning [for] two houses he was buying. That’s all I did. I didn’t know what he was doing. I mean, I have nothing to hide. Like, I’ve already done my time, you know?

Although the star opened up about those experiences on The Real Housewives of New Jersey and in his books, the subject of his prison sentence is usually a live touchy subject. During the show’s final season, co-star Jackie Goldschneider pressed Giudice’s buttons hard when she asked, “Did you get that confidence in jail?” For context, they had argued over cheating rumors and coke analogies, but the drama went even deeper after the prison commentary.

However, nowadays, the Bravo alum is OK when asked about that moment (if it’s from a friend). Andy Cohen asked if Teresa Giudice – who just got off of island hopping with the likes of Ramona Singer on the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip – still talks to the woman she was incarcerated with, and surprisingly, she dropped a name saying:

Yes, many of them, they still reach out to me. Jamila Davis. Her name is Jamila Davis, you can look her up. …Chris Christie locked her up for 10 years for mortgage fraud.

It’s likely that Teresa Giudice has been so candid about her prison experience lately because she’s well and truly got out of it. Not only is she divorced from her ex who got her into legal trouble, but they’re reportedly done paying restitution for what was owed to them. the New Jersey alum is also now engaged to her beau, Luis Ruelas, after just a year of dating.

Supposedly, the name of Luis Reulas is dragged through the mud in the next season of the reality series. However, cast members might want to weary, as Teresa Giudice is (obviously) a loyal partner. Tune in to season 12 of the The Real Housewives of New Jersey when it premieres February 1 at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo! And be sure to check out CinemaBlend’s 2022 TV Schedule for more on the shows that will air this year.

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