These are dark times in the life of the man once known as Juicy Joe.
Though Joe Giudice has been released from prison after serving three years of a four-year sentence on tax fraud charges, the former reality star’s problems might be just getting started.
You see, Joe was born in Italy, and despite several decades of living in the United States, he never bothered to become an American citizen.
This, despite the fact that as a well-off white guy married to a woman who was born here, it would probably would have been very easy for Joe to become a citizen.
As a result, of this lapse in judgment, Joe is set to be deported.
He went straight from prison to an ICE detention center in Pennsylvania — which sounds an awful lot like prison.
“Joe’s in a tough spot right now,” Teresa’s brother, Joe Gorga, tells Us Weekly.
“He’s locked up in a jail cell with bars” Joe’s adds.
“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.”
Though the Joes were never exactly besties, it’s clear that Gorga is feeling sympathetic toward his troubled brother-in-law these days.
“He got released [from prison in March] — ICE took him over — and he’s miserable,” says Gorga.
There are several factors contributing to Joe’s misery, not the least of which is that it looks as though Teresa Giudice plans to leave him once he’s shipped off to the Mediterranean.
“If he’s deported, she’s not going to go to Italy,” Gorga claims.
“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,” he adds.
“It’s very difficult in Italy. … So I believe she’s making the right decision for her and for her girls.”
Insiders have claimed that Joe has been placed on suicide watch, but thus far, authorities have not confirmed or denied that there’s any risk of Giudice taking his own life.
In what might actually be a good in terms of his mental state, it appears that Joe is still clinging to hope.
His lawyers are hard at work on an appeal, and he’s been in almost daily contact with Teresa, despite the fact that his deportation would likely mean the end of their marriage.
“They talk almost every day,” says Gorga of Joe and Teresa’s communications.
“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.”
But it sounds as though Teresa is keeping the lines of communication open primarily in order to appease her husband.
Gorga says her top priority remains her children, and she would never dream of uprooting her family and moving to Italy,
“Teresa’s put up a good front, but our relationship is very tight right now and [I] know she breaks down to me,” Gorga says.
“She just has to keep it strong for those for little girls [daughters Gia, 18, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 9],” he adds.
“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.”
Stating the obvious, Gorga concludes, “Life is very hard for them.”
Yes, Joe and Teresa may have had it coming — but it’s hard not to feel sympathetic toward the entire Giudice clan right now.