Joe Gorga: Teresa Giudice ‘breaks down’ over ‘miserable’ Joe’s deportation

The Giudice family is on edge as they await the verdict in patriarch Joe Giudice’s deportation case.

“Joe’s in a tough spot right now,” Teresa Giudice’s brother, Joe Gorga, tells Us Weekly exclusively. “He got released [from prison in March] — ICE took him over — and he’s miserable. He’s in a really bad spot. He’s locked up in a jail cell with bars. The other facility that he was at, he wasn’t in a jail cell. So he’s having a very, very hard time, and he really wants to get out.”

In October 2018, an immigration judge ordered Joe, 46, to be deported to his native Italy after completing his 41-month prison sentence for fraud. Joe filed an appeal the following month, which “could take another year” to be approved or denied, according to Gorga.

“The guy is just in misery,” the Gorga Guide to Success author, 39, tells Us. “We don’t know anything yet.”

Teresa, 46, is also having a tough time. “Teresa’s put up a good front, but our relationship is very tight right now and [I] know she breaks down to me,” Gorga adds. “She just has to keep it strong for those for little girls [Gia, 18, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 9]. The girls are having it rough also. They’re really struggling. … It’s just very, very hard. The family is going through a very tough time right now.”

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star confirmed during the season 9 reunion, which aired in March, that she will leave her husband of nearly 20 years if he is deported — and, according to Gorga, she has vowed to stand by that decision.

“If he’s deported, she’s not going to go to Italy,” he tells Us. “She’s not going to move her children. It’s just that there’s nothing to do in Italy. There’s no jobs; the best you can do is work in a restaurant or work in a gas station. It’s very difficult in Italy. … So I believe she’s making the right decision for her and for her girls.”

That said, the Bravo personality (who served 11 months in prison in 2015 on similar fraud charges) and her daughters have stayed in contact with Joe while he is in ICE custody.

“They talk almost every day,” Gorga tells Us. “Believe it or not, he could call as many times as he wants. It’s crazy. I mean, if he wants to call 30 times a day, he can. So they talk a lot. They haven’t seen him yet but I know they’re planning to go.”

In the meantime, Teresa’s emotions are “all over the place,” according to her brother, who has been hosting his “Grow With Gorga” real estate seminars across the U.S. since late March.

“Imagine your life’s on hold for five years. You don’t know what’s going on. It’s hard,” Gorga explains. “You’re paying attorney bills and constantly bills, bills, bills and you try to catch up on the old tax bills and it’s just life. Life is very hard for them.”

With reporting by Nicole Pajer

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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)
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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)
FREEHOLD, NJ - DECEMBER 26: Teresa Giudice, Gia Giudice and Joe Giudice pose at iPlay America on December 26, 2014 in Freehold, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - JULY 13: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice attends the 'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Season Six Premiere Party on July 13, 2014 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images)
PLAINFIELD, NJ - MARCH 01: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice attend the Fabellini Bottle Signing and Tasting at Costco on March 1, 2014 in Plainfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice attend the OK! TV Launch Celebration at Lavo on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - AUGUST 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice host Absolutely Fabulous held at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at Pangaea Lounge on August 10, 2013 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/WireImage for Pangaea Lounge)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JUNE 21: Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe Giudice greets fans and signs copies of 'Fabulicious On The Grill' at Books and Books at Museum of Art on June 21, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic)
CORAL GABLES, FL - JUNE 20: Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice signs copies of her book 'Fabulicious on the Grill' at Books and Books on June 20, 2013 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 04: Teresa Giudice, Audriana Giudice and Joe Giudice pose at Majestic Resort on March 4, 2013 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice at the Majestic Resort in Punta Cana on March 3, 2013 in UNSPECIFIED, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
HAWTHORNE, NJ - DECEMBER 03: Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice attend the Posche Fashion show at The Bottagra on December 3, 2012 in Hawthorne, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
TOWACO, NJ - JULY 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice pose at a Teresa Giudice Family Portrait Session on July 13, 2012 in Towaco, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PLAINVIEW, NY - JANUARY 14: Television personalities Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice attend the Experience Italy Benefit For Harboring Hearts at Ferrari Maserati Of Long Island on January 14, 2012 in Plainview, New York. (Photo by Steven A Henry/Getty Images)
VERONA, NJ - JULY 27: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice promote 'Fabulicious' at DiPaolo Bakery on July 27, 2011 in Verona, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 21: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice attend the book signing for Teresa Giudice's new cookbook Fabulicious!:Teresa's Italian Family Cookbook at Books and Books on May 21, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Olivia Salazar/WireImage)
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