Teresa Giudice's good friend Kim DePaola aka Kim D. -- who's frequently featured on Bravo's Real Housewives of New Jersey
herself -- recently sat down with ET to talk about how Teresa's doing in light of the 39-count indictment
that was brought against her and her husband Joe on Monday.
Kim, who talked to ET from her Posche Boutique in Wayne, New Jersey, was in contact with Teresa just yesterday, and shared that she's holding up fine despite the multiple charges of fraud she's facing.
"It's Teresa -- she's very strong," she says matter-of-factly. "Is she in good spirits? I mean, I don't think she's doing cartwheels outside her house, but I think she knows -- she knows that she's innocent of these things, and I think she's gonna count on the justice [system] to say that she's vindicated, and she believes in herself. She knows she's innocent, and she's gonna hope for the best."
She also strongly believes that Teresa will not be going to jail.
"I really do not feel Teresa's gonna to be going to jail," she says when asked what will happen to the couple's four daughters should their parents have to face jail time. "But God forbid if anything did happen, she has the most wonderful parents and wonderful in-laws. Those children will be very well taken care of. But I truly believe it will be Teresa taking care of them."
So is Joe to blame for the legal mess Teresa's in?
"She happens to love her husband. She loves Joe," Kim stresses. "She's very loyal to Joe. I like Joe, so it's a very hard question for me to answer. We'll see what happens in the end. I hope that they come out of this vindicated, and it's going to be a fairytale, and everything's going to be OK."