Teresa Giudice, star of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” has been maintaining her fitness routine in jail by teaching workout classes.
“Teresa is helping to teach exercise classes,” Giudice’s attorney, James J. Leonard Jr., told People April 29. “The women take turns leading classes and she has her little group, so once in a while she takes the lead.”
Giudice who’s in jail for bank fraud, is “adjusting well” to prison life, and has taken a job working in the kitchen. “Teresa has a job working in the kitchen,” said her attorney. “She told me she enjoys it because it helps her pass the time and allows her to interact with the other inmates. Plus, she loves being in the kitchen because it reminds her of home.
Giudice, the author of three bestselling cookbooks, is making the best of her prison term by following a daily routine that includes gym workouts and hanging out with a small circle of friends.
Her attorney denied rumors that Teresa has been acting like a diva behind bars and is arguing with fellow inmates and prison guards at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut.
“Any reports that she is behaving like a diva in prison and not getting along with inmates and the staff is 1,000 percent false,” said Leonard. “She is getting along well with everyone – staff, inmates – all the way down the line.”
Teresa’s husband, Joe Giudice, said his “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star wife has also been maintaining her beauty routine, and gets her hair and nails done regularly. “She’s got a little group she hangs out and who she goes to the gym with, and who does her hair and her nails,” said Joe . “They have their little thing going every day.”
Joe will begin his own 41-month jail sentence once Teresa is released. He and his daughters try to visit Teresa every weekend. Joe, who’s caring for the couple’s four children, said he appreciates his wife more than ever.
“When you have four kids you have to stay strong,” said Joe, 42. “Her being away definitely makes me appreciate her way more, a lot more, and you know everything she did. [Our daughters] email her all the time, every day, so, they e-mail more than me.”
In an October 2014 interview with Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen, Teresa revealed she was suffering from depression while her husband, Joe Giudice, was struggling with alcoholism. Teresa and Joe Giudice were charged in a stunning 39-count indictment for bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and making false statements on loan applications.
The couple initially pleaded not guilty on all charges, but then pleaded guilty in March 2014 under a plea deal. In addition to being sentenced to 41 months in prison, Joe was ordered to pay $414,000 to Wells Fargo bank and $10,000 in fines.
Teresa reportedly earned $650,000 plus bonuses for each season of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Giudice said her legal troubles have humbled her and made her less concerned about living high on the hog, like she once did.
When asked whether Teresa will return to the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” after jail, Joe said they’d have to see if Bravo will offer them enough money. “The numbers would have to be very big in order to go back so we’ll see,” said Giudice. “As of right now there’s nothing.”