Teresa and Joe Giudice split after 20 years of marriage

Teresa and Joe Giudice are going their separate ways. The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars have split after 20 years of marriage, Us Weekly confirms.

“Teresa and Joe have separated, but have no plans to divorce yet. Teresa and Joe talked about their future when she and the girls were in Italy and decided it was best for them to separate,” a source tells Us. “Neither of them wanted to be in a long distance relationship. Joe has been dating in Italy, Teresa is busy taking care of their girls right now. They harbor no ill will towards each other and will continue to coparent their kids. The girls will be going to Italy is December, Teresa will be staying home.”

Teresa and Joe, both 47, tied the knot in October 1999 and renewed their vows in September 2011. They are the parents of four daughters: Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 10.

“Marriage means for better or for worse,” the Bravo personality told In Touch Weekly in 2011 after her and Joe’s fairy tale-themed “second wedding” at Long Island’s Oheka Castle. “We’ve been through a lot, and if anything, it’s just made us stronger.”

However, less than three years later, the couple found themselves in a sticky situation. They pleaded guilty to 41 counts of fraud, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and three types of bankruptcy fraud. Teresa served 11 months in federal prison in 2015, while Joe served 41 months until March 2019.

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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)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 11159 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via 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)
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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After the former construction business owner’s release from prison, he was transferred to the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Italy native, who never became a U.S. citizen after moving as an infant, had been ordered in October 2018 to be deported to his home country. He filed an appeal a month later, but the Board of Immigration Appeals denied it on April 11. He was granted permission to leave ICE custody on October 3 and flew to Italy eight days later.

In the midst of Joe’s deportation case, Teresa announced that the now-estranged couple would “go our separate ways” if he was forced to return to Italy. “I’m not doing a long-distance relationship,” she insisted on the RHONJ season 9 reunion in March. “It’s not going to work. I’d be like, ‘Bye, bye.’”

The Standing Strong author was spotted getting cozy with realtor Blake Schreck during a trip to Miami in February while Joe was in prison. However, the Giudice family’s attorney, James J. Leonard Jr., insisted at the time that the pair were “nothing more” than friends.

Teresa and Joe also denied being unfaithful to each other during their respective prison stints in an interview with Andy Cohen that aired on October 27. “If we stay together, we stay together. If we don’t, we don’t,” Joe said on the hourlong Bravo special. “We’ll see.”

A month later, Teresa traveled to Italy with their daughters to visit Joe. The trip, which was documented by Bravo cameras, marks the last time Teresa saw Joe in person before calling it quits.

A rep for Teresa and Joe had no comment.
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