"Real Housewives" star Teresa Giudice, of RHONJ, was back on the red carpet last night for the first time after her prison release and seems to be enjoying the attention. The Bravo reality star, who was reunited with her family just before Christmas after serving out a nearly year-long sentence for fraud charges in a Connecticut prison, took advantage of her new freedom to step out and support sister-in-law Melissa Gorga's new store Envy by Melissa Gorga at the store’s Grand Opening last night in Montclair, New Jersey.
Looking rested and in good spirits, Teresa, along with her oldest daughter Gia, 14, posed for photos on the red carpet with Teresa sporting a quilted Chanel purse and fur jacket. Gia, an aspiring singer, looked like a mini version of her mom with her own quilted black clutch, tall black boots, and an almost exact match to mom’s fur jacket —but in winter white.
Teresa and Melissa famously fought with each other on the Bravo show for several seasons, but Teresa appears to be putting family first and placing any feuding behind her by supporting her sister-in-law’s latest business venture. However, the two women did not pose together on the red carpet, nor did Teresa pose with her brother Joe Gorga, who is married to Melissa; so, perhaps, there are still issues to resolve that could potentially play out in future Bravo episodes.
A 43-year-old mom of four daughters – Gia, 14, Gabriella, 11, Milania, 10, and Audriana, 6 – Teresa still must complete the rest of her 15-month sentence which she will do in home confinement, most likely in her current New Jersey home that she shares with husband Joe Giudice and their daughters.
Joe will head to prison this Spring for his 41-month for similar and related fraud charges, and is reported to face potential deportation back to Italy as a result of his convictions.