Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice got emotional while opening up about the possibility of facing deportation once he completes his upcoming 41-month prison sentence.
"Anything can happen, you know? There is nothing in life that is certain," Joe shared with ET's Jennifer Peros during an exclusive sit-down interview -- his only before going to prison -- on Tuesday at the Renwick Hotel in New York City, where he was joined by his wife, Teresa Giudice. "We will deal with that when I get out."
"We're just taking it day by day," added Teresa, who was released from prison in December after serving 11 months of a 15-month sentence. The couple were convicted of several fraud changes, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud in October 2014 and were allowed to serve time separately, so that one of them could be home to take care of their children.
The question of Joe's impending stint behind bars weighs heavily on the entire family, including the couple's four daughters who, despite their young age, understand the situation their father is facing.
"They go on computers, they know everything," said Joe when asked if their kids knew why he was going to be away from home for the next 41 months. "I mean my daughter Milania tells me, 'You're going away for a lot more months than mommy.'"
With Joe's sentence starting on March 23, Teresa will once again be separated from her husband of 16 years. The 43-year-old reality star got candid about what she would miss the most by not having Joe at home.
"I'm going to miss sleeping with him at night and cuddling with him," said Teresa, jokingly adding: "I'm going to miss the passion, and I can't say any more than that."
Back at home, Teresa has a full plate. In addition to being
a fulltime parent, she’s filming the new season of the Bravo series, promoting her
memoir, Turning the Tables, and renewing
her focus on charity.
"As you know, I was on Celebrity Apprentice to support Matthew Levine and the NephCure
Foundation,” said Teresa as March marks Kidney Awareness Month. “I continue to
support NephCure by joining Sydney Levine to help raise awareness to find a
cure for Matthew and all those that suffer from FSGS. She is doing 31 days of marching
to raise awareness.”
While Joe said he's going to miss his family while he's gone, he admitted that prison could be a good way to kick-start a healthier lifestyle.
"I haven't stopped drinking in I don't know how long, so I could definitely use it just for that, you know?" Joe shared. "[It's] probably going to be a good thing for me, health wise anyway."
Despite the legal setbacks and impending hardships, the couple is looking to the future, where they envision a bit more privacy. When asked where they see their family in five years from now, Joe said, "Home, where the gates are closed," where there will be "no cameras."