Melissa Gorga 'had to pull over' and 'started crying' when Joe Giudice photos were posted (Exclusive)

Melissa Gorga finds the photos of Joe Giudice living freely in Italy just as "bittersweet" as everyone else.

When the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star initially saw the pictures, the first of which came via Joe and Teresa Giudice's daughter, Gia, on her Instagram Story, she was driving and had to pull over to let her emotions out.

"When Gia posted on her Story about Joe being out and seeing his smiling face on FaceTime, I literally had to pull over in my car. I started crying," Melissa told AOL's Gibson Johns during an interview promoting the upcoming tenth season of "RHONJ." "I had to pull over because I had so many emotions, and I was crying and I was happy and I was sad at the same time."

"I was so happy to see him out and smiling and that Gia was excited, but it’s also sad because he’s still not with his family," she added. "I had chills, and it was the most bittersweet moment for me. I had to call Gia and cry to her for a minute."

While Joe has since joined Instagram and took part in a revealing sit-down interview with Andy Cohen and his wife on "WWHL" via satellite, in which he shared updates from his three years behind bars and five months in ICE custody, it was those first few photos and videos that really struck family, friends and fans of the long-running show. 

For now, Melissa tells AOL that she's just "happy he’s not in that awful place anymore," referencing the ICE detention facility that Joe had been held at following his release from prison.

"It was a terrible experience. I don't wish that on anybody. For five months I was locked down in a room. I was going bonkers," Joe told Cohen during their interview. "That place should be shut down."

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: Melissa Gorga attends the "Last Christmas" New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on October 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Jackie Goldschneider, Melissa Gorga, and Margaret Josephs attend US Weekly's 2019 Most Stylish New Yorkers red carpet on September 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Melissa Gorga attends US Weekly's 2019 Most Stylish New Yorkers red carpet on September 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Melissa Gorga attends Dennis Basso fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Melissa Gorga attends the OK! Magazine NYFW Party at PhD, Dream Downtown Hotel Rooftop on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Melissa Gorga attends Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio Hosts The Bombshell Intense Launch Party on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
UNCASVILLE, CT - JUNE 22: RHONJ Melissa Gorga and Joe Gorga is seen celebrating/dancing at the official grand opening for Mohegan Sun's new ultra-lounge, novelle, on Saturday, June 22, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Mohegan Sun)
HAWTHORNE, NEW JERSEY - MAY 03: (L-R) Melissa Gorga, Joe Gorga and Antonia Gorga attend the Envy By Melissa Gorga Fashion Show on May 03, 2019 in Hawthorne, New Jersey. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images)
HAWTHORNE, NEW JERSEY - MAY 03: Melissa Gorga attends the Envy By Melissa Gorga Fashion Show on May 03, 2019 in Hawthorne, New Jersey. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 16: (L-R) Melissa Gorga, Margaret Josephs and Jackie Goldschneider attend the HealthCorps 13th Annual Gala at Cipriani 25 Broadway on April 16, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Melissa Gorga attends the New York premiere of "Hellboy" at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on April 9, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 28: Melissa Gorga's 40th Birthday at Tribeca 360 on March 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 05: Melissa Gorga visits "Extra" at The Levi's Store Times Square on March 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Melissa Gorga -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Mark Consuelos and Melissa Gorga -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Margaret Josephs, Jackie Goldschneider and Melissa Gorga attend Woman's Day Celebrates 16th Annual Red Dress Awards on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Woman's Day)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Melissa Gorga is seen wearing a striped skirt and a fur vest outside the Christian Siriano show during New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2019 on February 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
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While the Joe's release from prison and his family's subsequent struggle with his deportation ruling will be documented on season 10 of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," there are plenty of other storylines to keep viewers interested this year. With the entire season 9 cast returning (Melissa and Teresa will be joined by Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania, Jennifer Aydin and Jackie Goldshneider) and "friend" of the cast Danielle Staub around, there will be no shortage of drama.

"Everyone knows Danielle Staub is good at coming in and ruffling everyone’s feathers and saying something outrageous that makes no sense," Melissa told AOL. "Just know that there will be a lot of that going that going."

This season will also seemingly see the continuation of a natural divide that happened last year, with Melissa, Margaret and Jackie on one side and Teresa, Jennifer and Dolores on the other.

"I think it’s a lot about our lifestyles. We also all think the same: We’re a bit more of the rational thinkers in the group and we think a bit more before we speak, which helps us get along better and agree with each other more," Melissa said of her friendships with Margaret and Jackie. "It wasn’t like a planned thing, it was just that no matter what was going on in the group, the three of us would say, 'Yeah, no, we don’t see it that way.' The other three would feel differently, and it was just such a natural split with personalities. It’s also the way we run our families and are in our relationships that are the same. There’s a lot that happens to be similar."

Season 10 of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" premieres on Bravo on Wednesday, November 6, at 8 p.m. EST

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