Teresa Giudice's lawyer opens up about her time behind bars

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As rumors about Teresa Giudice's life behind bars swirl, E! News nabbed an exclusive with her lawyer James J. Leonard Jr. They asked him to set the record straight about how the "Real Housewife of New Jersey" is really doing, and if her marriage is actually in jeopardy as all the tabloids say.

When asked about Giudice's alleged "diva" behavior, her lawyer was quick to shoot those accusations down. He explained that Teresa has "neither asked nor has received special treatment."

"Teresa has made friends with everybody," Leonard Jr. says. "All these reports about, you know, Teresa's doing this or Teresa's doing that -- if you have a problem with someone in a prison setting, you confront the person. You address it you move on, you don't call an entertainment gossip blog. So I read these reports, these erroneous reports, about her diva behavior -- absolutely false. There's no such thing as being a diva in prison."

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WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 11159 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 11159 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 11159 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 11159 -- Pictured: Teresa Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 11159 -- Pictured: (l-r) Andy Cohen, Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 11159 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 11159 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, center, and his wife, Teresa Giudice, right, of Montville Township, N.J., walk toward the Martin Luther King Jr. Courthouse before a court appearance, in Newark, N.J. Joe Giudice is set to appear in Passaic County court on state false identification charges. He is accused of using his brother's identity to obtain a driver's license while his own license was suspended for driving while intoxicated in 2010. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 02: Joe Giudice (2nd from L) and wife Teresa Giudice arrive for sentencing at federal court in Newark on October 2, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 02: Joe Giudice (2nd from L) and wife Teresa Giudice arrive for sentencing at federal court in Newark on October 2, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 02: Joe Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice arrive for sentencing at federal court in Newark on October 2, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 02: Joe Giudice (9th from L) and wife Teresa Giudice arrive for sentencing at federal court in Newark on October 2, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 02: Teresa Giudice (2nd from L) and Joe Giudice leave after being sentenced at federal court in Newark on October 2, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 02: Teresa Giudice (L) and Joe Giudice leave after being sentenced at federal court in Newark on October 2, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Teresa Giudice (R) and her husband Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice leave Newark federal court on November 20, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The two of the stars of the Bravo television show 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' are appearing in court to face additional charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud in addition to original charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice leave court after facing charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (R) and wife Teresa Giudice arrive to Newark federal court on November 20, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The two of the stars of the Bravo television show 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' are appearing in court to face additional charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud in addition to original charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice leave court after facing charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice appear in court to face charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice appear in court to face charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice appear in court to face charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- 'Get to the Punta!' Episode 317 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Giuseppe Gorga (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, the husband of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice, appeared in Superior Court in Paterson, N.J., on Monday, June 2, 2014. Giudice is awaiting trial on charges that he presented false identification to obtain a driver's license while his license was suspended. The case was continued until July 14. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Amy Newman, Pool)
Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, 43, left, and his wife, Teresa Giudice, 41, of Montville Township, N.J., walk out of Martin Luther King, Jr. Courthouse after a court appearance, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Newark, N.J. The two cast members of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" pleaded not guilty to charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud. Authorities allege the couple prepared a mortgage loan application stating that Teresa Giudice worked as a real estate agent and made $15,000 a month. In reality, authorities say she was not employed. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
FILE - This Sept. 13, 2009 file photo originally released by Oral-B Pulsonic shows "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars, Teresa Giudice, left, and her husband Joe Giudice at the Caravan Fashion Show sponsored by Oral-B Pulsonic in New York. Teresa and Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice were charged in a 39-count indictment handed up Monday, July 29, 2013, in Newark, N.J. The two are accused of submitting fraudulent mortgage and other loan applications from 2001 through 2008, a year before their show debuted on Bravo. Prosecutors say they made false claims about their employment status and salaries. (AP Photo/Oral-B Pulsonic, Gary He)
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Leonard Jr. explained that when he's with Giudice, he can really feel how much she's suffering. "Her loss is palpable," he said. "It's still extremely difficult for her obviously every day to be away from Joe and her children, but her ... strength amazes me."

Leonard Jr. explained that Giudice is doing as well as possible, and that she did get to see her children on Mother's Day, although this time the holiday was obviously much different than ever before. The family was able to visit until about 3 P.M., and Teresa struggled with their goodbye.

Though she's not there day to day, Leonard Jr. said that Teresa is still very much a part of her girls' lives. "Teresa is an email away. In many cases she's a phone call away. While she's not physically there, she's involved in every fascet of their lives, so while there's that loss, they can speak to her. They can communicate with her. This is a very, very strong family unit."

When E! host Alicia Quarles asked him about the divorce rumors, Leonard Jr. said they are "100 percent false." He continued, "If anything, this situation is bringing them closer. I think Joe has a very strong appreciation for everything that Teresa did. I think now he recognizes how difficult it is to look after four young children."

As for Giudice's time in jail, her lawyer says she's eating clean and exercising.

When it comes to her meals, Leonard Jr. explains that Teresa has to "be a little creative." When she makes commissary purchases, it's usually "tuna in bulk. Just because they're serving macaroni and cheese for dinner doesn't mean you have to eat macaroni and cheese. She's kinda carved out a very unique diet thats allowing her to get probably in the best shape of her life."

Though she's obviously not going to fancy exercise classes, Giudice is still keeping toned. "Now that the weather's breaking they have an outdoor track. She told me that she's spending alot of time running, walking, she's doing pilates she's doing ... she looks extremely lean and fit," Leonard Jr. said.

Giudice is also focused on her release date (December 23rd, though it could be moved up) and is "counting down the days." Leonard Jr. is confident that she'll be out before Christmas.

As for when her husband Joe will report, Lenoard Jr. says, "I don't think it'll be any time prior to march of 2016."

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NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Teresa Giudice (R) and her husband Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice leave Newark federal court on November 20, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The two of the stars of the Bravo television show 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' are appearing in court to face additional charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud in addition to original charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice leave court after facing charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (R) and wife Teresa Giudice arrive to Newark federal court on November 20, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The two of the stars of the Bravo television show 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' are appearing in court to face additional charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud in addition to original charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice leave court after facing charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice appear in court to face charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice appear in court to face charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice appear in court to face charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- 'Get to the Punta!' Episode 317 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Giuseppe Gorga (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, the husband of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice, appeared in Superior Court in Paterson, N.J., on Monday, June 2, 2014. Giudice is awaiting trial on charges that he presented false identification to obtain a driver's license while his license was suspended. The case was continued until July 14. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Amy Newman, Pool)
Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, 43, left, and his wife, Teresa Giudice, 41, of Montville Township, N.J., walk out of Martin Luther King, Jr. Courthouse after a court appearance, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Newark, N.J. The two cast members of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" pleaded not guilty to charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud. Authorities allege the couple prepared a mortgage loan application stating that Teresa Giudice worked as a real estate agent and made $15,000 a month. In reality, authorities say she was not employed. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
FILE - This Sept. 13, 2009 file photo originally released by Oral-B Pulsonic shows "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars, Teresa Giudice, left, and her husband Joe Giudice at the Caravan Fashion Show sponsored by Oral-B Pulsonic in New York. Teresa and Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice were charged in a 39-count indictment handed up Monday, July 29, 2013, in Newark, N.J. The two are accused of submitting fraudulent mortgage and other loan applications from 2001 through 2008, a year before their show debuted on Bravo. Prosecutors say they made false claims about their employment status and salaries. (AP Photo/Oral-B Pulsonic, Gary He)
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