“I was so nervous that I was shaking,” she admitted, choking up as she shared her story. “My nerves were pulling. At one point I couldn’t even feel my fingers like they were stuck, I couldn’t even open my hands. My nerves were shot.”
Before the hearing on Thursday, it was speculated that The Real Housewives of New Jersey star wouldn’t even do time in prison, but instead receive a form of house arrest or probation. “Of course, I was shocked,” she said of the judge’s decision. “It was very unexpected, I don’t even know what to say. I really don’t know what to say.”
The reality star’s husband, Joe Giudice, was sentenced to 41 months in prison, although the judge has allowed them to stagger their sentences so one parent will be home to care for the couple’s four daughters. Teresa will serve hers first, beginning on Jan. 5.
Following the sentencing, the pair decided to only immediately tell their oldest daughter, 13-year-old, Gia, what was going on. “She said, ‘It’s going to be okay.’ She was being strong for me, I could tell,” Teresa explained, with a smile. “She was like, ‘Mommy, don’t worry about it, I’ll be there. I’ll help Daddy with the girls.’ She was like, ‘That’ll make me a better mom. That’ll prepare me for when I’m a mom.’ It broke my heart when she said that.”
Teresa’s full episode of Watch What Happens Live will air Monday night at 9/8c on Bravo.