In her first live TV interview since being released from prison, Teresa Giudice said she does not blame her husband, Joe Giudice, for the couple’s legal troubles.
“No, I don’t,” Giudice, 42, said today on “Good Morning America” when asked if she held Joe responsible. “There was legal people around us also when I signed those papers and something that happened and I’m not going to look back.”
“I’m just going to move forward and look at the future,” she said. “We’ve been married 16 years and it’s going strong.”
The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star was released in December from the Federal Correctional Institution-Danbury, a minimum-security prison in Danbury, Connecticut. She served 11 and a half months of a 15-month sentence after pleading guilty to multiple offenses that included conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud.
Giudice’s husband, Joe, also pleaded guilty to federal crimes including hiding assets, submitting fake loan applications and failing to pay taxes. He's set to begin his own 41-month prison sentence in March.
Giudice revealed today on “GMA” that the couple has not told their four daughters that Joe is heading to prison next month.
“We said, ‘Mommy is going to go to work first,’” Giudice said. “I told them that mommy was going to write a book and that I had to live at camp, which I call prison ...and I had to go through the experience and that’s what mommy was writing about and then we said, 'When mommy comes home, then daddy’s going to go to work.'”
When asked what lesson she would teach her young daughters about her experience, Giudice offered a word of legal advice.
"Before you sign something, make sure you completely understand it and read everything," Giudice said.
Giudice’s new memoir, “Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again,” details her time in prison as well as her life before prison.
The reality TV star said her family’s experience will also be seen on the new season of “Real Housewives.”
“I’m an open book so I’m going to share my whole life," she said.
Viewers may also see a different, calmer side of Giudice, who made a name for herself on the show by flipping a table and getting into confrontations with friends and family.
Giudice said she passed the time in prison by working out three times per day, running and doing Pilates and yoga.
“Yoga changed my life,” she said on “GMA.” “I’m going to get certified in yoga. I just went to my first class.”