Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice divorced in 2020, but the parents of four daughters remain involved in each other’s lives. The ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star knew her marriage was in trouble when Joe was released from prison. “When it came out I was like, ‘This is my real test. How am I going to feel?’ And I didn’t feel anything,” Teresa recalled on a 2021 episode of Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, per People. Even after their marriage ended, the couple continued a non-romantic relationship.
After the ‘RHONJ’ star began dating Luis Ruelas, who eventually became her fiancé, she maintained good relations with her ex-husband. In fact, Teresa’s new boyfriend developed a relationship with Joe. “They were on the phone, and Louie wanted to go to the Bahamas and meet him,” she said on Watch What Happens Live in March 2021. According to the reality star, it was important to Ruelas to “let go [Joe] know he’s not trying to take his place.”
The next month, in April 2021, the Bravo-Lebrity went to the Bahamas to visit Joe with her boyfriend. Joe was enjoying the quality time with his ex and gushed about her in an Instagram post. “I really appreciate it and hope to continue to be a part of my life as a best friend,” he wrote in the caption, alongside a family photo of the exes and their four children. Joe later caused a stir on Instagram when he left a scathing comment on a photo Teresa uploaded.
What Teresa Giudice thought of Joe Giudice’s flirtatious comment
On June 7, Teresa Giudice posted an Instagram snap of her posing alongside her fiancé Luis Ruelas’ two sisters. Joe Giudice became aware of the position and expressed an interest in one of Teresa’s future sisters-in-law. “Is the big one married?” commented Joe, referring to Veronica Ruelas. Though the response drew a lot of attention, the “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” actress was unfazed by her ex-husband’s flirtatious remark. “I think it’s funny. It’s awesome,” she told Page Six on July 5, when asked if Joe was playfully hitting on her fiancé’s sister. Although Teresa hinted that Veronica might be available, she explained why her ex didn’t get a chance to date her. “She’s too big for him. She would never choose him,” added the reality star.
Along with his online affection for Veronica, Joe had shown his support for the Ruelas family. “I’m happy for Teresa and Louie, I give them my blessings,” Joe told Celebuzz! in October 2021 after it was revealed his ex-wife was engaged to the businessman. “I think they embarked on this romance a little bit quickly, but I’m glad she found her true love and I wish them all the best,” added Joe.
As Joe and Teresa seemed to be on good terms, the star was asked to attend his ex-wife’s wedding ceremony. “I mean I don’t care, why not?” Joe said on Access’s “Housewives Nightcap” in January.