Flashback: Welcome to Teresa Giudice’s Crib
In a three minute video by BravoTV (click here or here for the video, “Welcome to Teresa’s Crib”), Teresa Giudice gives a tour of her home and the furnishings (custom cabinets, Versace vases, Gucci dishes and glasses, etc.), much of which (including the renovation of the home), was purchased with borrowed money (allegedly obtained by defrauding lenders) rather than earned income (they tried to discharge their debt by filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October 2009 – the U.S. government has charged the Giudices with lying to the bankruptcy court, including hiding assets and income that could be used to pay off creditors).
Teresa likes nice things, which she is not ashamed to admit. She certainly didn’t back off on spending before or after filing bankruptcy on October 29, 2009. In the link below, the U.S. bankruptcy trustee claimed that Teresa went on a $60,000 shopping spree after filing bankruptcy (the PDF file below also includes a receipt for purchases she made about two months before filing):
The following is a CBS report about Teresa’s spending spree.
Bankrupt “Real Houswives” Star Teresa Giudice Reportedly Spent $60,000 on Furniture and Luxury Goods
August 18, 2010
Filing for bankruptcy didn’t stop “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice from doing what she does best – shopping.
The Bravo star, who owes creditors roughly $10.8 million with her husband Joe, allegedly spent $60,000 on home furnishings and luxury goods just days after filing for bankruptcy last October, according to court documents obtained by E! Online.
The couple’s lawyer, Jim Kridel, defended Giudice’s lavish shopping spree and said she didn’t do anything wrong.
“That was the money she earned as an advance for her book ‘Skinny Italian,'” Kridel told People magazine.”Since she earned it after the filing, she was absolutely free to spend it.”
Kridel added that Giudice needed to buy household necessities, but also acknowledged that her spending spree would “draw scrutiny.”
“She needed to re-buy furniture because she didn’t have any furniture in the house,” Kridel told People. “It’s a big house and she wanted furniture consistent with her style on the show. There is nothing wrong with doing that, except that it doesn’t look good for her to be doing it.”
Note from Fame: Teresa’s cookbook advances for Skinny Italian were prior to her bankruptcy filing; however, she failed to disclose this, as well as other income (including her Bravo raise for season 2), on her petition filed on October 29, 2009, which is why, in the federal indictment against the Giudices, counts 12-34 include bankruptcy fraud.
In October 2011, Jacqueline went off on Twitter, saying Teresa was laughing at beating the system and planning to file bankruptcy again:
In a video by Access Hollywood (click here for the video, “Access Hollywood ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’: ‘We Have the Audacity to Be Real!'”) is another flashback with Teresa, Caroline and Jacqueline, happily explaining how “the attention they get is always positive.”
For a final flashback (click here for the video, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey Anniversary Equals Diamonds”), a week before Joe and Teresa filed bankruptcy on October 29, 2009, they celebrated their 10-year anniversary with a helicopter ride and diamonds. Teresa told Jacqueline, “I really want him to make it big.” Joe told Chris, “It ain’t like the money’s flowin’ like it yous ta, ya know what I mean?”
Caroline Manzo predicted in a testimonial (TH) during season 4 episode 13 – which was taped in 2011 – that Teresa Giudice would leave her husband if he goes to prison and then she would write a tell-all book for the sole purpose of making money.
“Prediction: Something may happen where someone has to go somewhere. Teresa’s going to have to pull herself up on her bootstraps and take over. She’ll say, ‘You know what, I tried. I stood by him, but I have to divorce him now. And I’m gonna show my daughters what it’s like to be strong and independent on your own and survive.’ There’s a book in there – you heard it here first!”
Caroline also said that Teresa pushed Juicy to his limit “trying to keep up with the Gorgas;” and, as a result, he will pay the “ultimate price” for Teresa “wanting it all”:
“Teresa wants it all, and I think that the demands she put on him led him to make decisions that weren’t the best. And I think he resents her for it, and he’s going to pay the ultimate price for it.”
By “ultimate price,” Caroline means Juicy will be going to prison.
Caroline implied in her June 4, 2012, Bravo Blog that if it wasn’t for Teresa’s demands, Juicy would be a “fun, carefree man, happy to be living in a cardboard box”:
“I also meant what I said about him being a shell of the man I met a few years ago. The Joe I remember was fun, carefree. I truly believe that back then he didn’t need more than a good cigar, a bottle of homemade wine, and his family and friends around him to be happy. The guy could live in a cardboard box and be happy. Something changed along the way, and he’s become bitter, guarded. Sad, we all miss the old Joe. I’m not saying this for brownie points or to be politically correct. I mean this sincerely.”
Us Weekly ran a story on May 29, 2012, which was very similar to what Caroline said in her season 4 episode 13 testimonial. Here’s the quote from a ‘show source’:
“If Joe goes to jail, there will be sympathy for her. And she’ll get a spinoff about life as a single mom. She’ll do a book deal, too: ‘My Life Without Joe’ or something like that.”
Caroline went on WWHL the night season 4 episode 13 premiered on July 22, 2012, and defended her comments (click here for the video, “Watch What Happens Live Caroline’s Prison Prediction”). Below is the Bravo video link for Caroline’s prediction that Juicy will go to prison (season 4 episode 13) plus the video of Caroline’s appearance on WWHL where she expands on her prediction.
Also during season 4, Chris Laurita said “someone will have to take the fall” when he and Jacqueline were discussing whether or not Teresa would go to jail. He was emphasizing, like his sister Caroline, that Juicy was going to take the fall for Teresa’s desire to live the good life.
Furthermore, during season 4, Jacqueline implied that the Giudice’s marriage was on the rocks, saying, “Joe and Teresa are both leading separate lives.” This is very similar to what a ‘show source’ told Us Weekly on May 18, 2012:
“A ‘show source’ told Us Weekly that what’s shown on TV only scratches the surface of the Giudice family’s unhappy home. ‘They’re so dysfunctional that it’s all starting to come out,’ said the ‘show source’ of Teresa and Joe.
In her Bravo blog, Teresa addressed Jacqueline’s on-camera gossip that she and Juicy lead separate lives:
“No, we don’t lead ‘separate lives.’ I have no idea why Jacqueline would bring up that rumor — she seems to love to bring up crazy rumors on camera about everyone else. Not very nice, and definitely not true. Joe still does and always has lived in our house (he’s never had a separate ‘work apartment’ or anything), and he sleeps in our bed with me every night.”
In an obscure October 11, 2012 interview by Chaunce Hayden, Rosie Pierri reiterated what Caroline said earlier in June and July 2012 about Juicy being “a shell of the man” he used to be because “Teresa wants it all” – Rosie actually said, “I think my cousin ruined him.”
“I like Joe a lot. He was a respectable guy. I think, in my opinion, I think my cousin ruined him. I never seen Joe angry back then. After 20 years gone by, I don’t know, I really shouldn’t say, it’s just my opinion. Maybe I’m wrong, and that’s fine. I think the man tried, tried, tried, tried, tried, and she’s like, ‘I want this! I want that! I want this!’ – Rosie Pierri, October 11, 2012
The following is an excerpt from Jacqueline’s Bravo blog about the deck scene in season 4 episode 8 (taped in early August 2011), where she questioned Teresa about her bankruptcy filing, current lifestyle choices, and getting paid for tabloid stories – the scene lasted for five hours before Caroline was called in to help with the interrogation. Jacqueline wrote that Teresa was “profiting from people’s pity,” “so much about her life was being fabricated,” “there seemed to be no shortage of money to me,” and “she was really living the high life.”
The Rules According to Teresa
By Jacqueline Laurita
June 18, 2012
As far as Teresa’s bankruptcy goes, Teresa was right when she said that declaring bankruptcy does not mean that your life ends and you should go crawl up in a hole and die. You are allowed to start your life again. Did it appear to anyone as if Teresa was really afraid of being poor? There seemed to be no shortage of money to me. I knew Teresa worked hard, but I also knew the bankruptcy had not been approved and there were some crazy stories in the press going around about her that worried me. I was trying my best not to judge some of their life style choices during that time, although I do admit, at times it was very hard not to. It is especially hard to avoid staying out of each other’s business during filming, because we’re together so much. I was very confused at the time, because I was reading one thing in the tabloids about her life and then I was seeing something completely different in the way she was living in her real life. As a friend, I was really worried about what was going to happen to her and her family. I was also upset from reading about her life in the tabloids along with the rest of America instead of my “best friend” opening up to me about what was really going on so that I could be there for her. Even if she didn’t need me, at least she could help to ease my mind.
Teresa and I had talked a few times about how she got paid for these articles, with the exception of People magazine, and that she had two more covers coming out in In Touch after her vow renewal cover. She did share with me some of the stories she wanted to put out there about herself, but when new stories came out in the tabloids, I didn’t know anymore what was true or what was not true. I didn’t want to pry into her business by asking her about them, but at the same time, I wanted to know because she was my friend. I cared about her and everyone else in America was reading these tabloids and talking about it while I knew nothing. It was crazy that she would talk to the tabloids but not her “best friend” or family about her life. How would you all feel? Really think about that. I was supposed to be her best friend, you’d think she would mention them to me. It never seemed to occur to her that I was worrying sick about her. How could she expect everyone to ignore it? How could she not think about addressing it with us or be offended if we asked any questions about it, especially if the articles mentioned one of us? It was like a hit and run.
I was wondering if Teresa was just profiting from people’s pity by benefiting from a big media scam while she was really living the high life or was my friend really in trouble, denying it to herself, suffering in silence and getting deeper in debt. I was starting to not respect her choices, and I really felt like I didn’t know who she was anymore. I felt like I was always trying to justify her actions to everyone. So much about her life was being fabricated, so I had no idea what was real anymore. From what I was hearing from some of our mutual friends, I was starting to question whether or not our friendship was even real or if she just needed me as an ally on the show. I heard she wasn’t pleased with me because I wasn’t joining her army in her fight against her family. Who in their right mind would help her fight her family, especially when we all had to work together? A true friend would help bring them back together. A true friend would never expect me to harm her family and start another war between them.
As far as the fight on the deck, please take note that before Caroline showed up, Teresa and I were going back and forth for 5 long hours! I was exhausted at that point. I had NO IDEA that Caroline was going to show up. It was not meant to be an ambush at all, although I do understand how it must have felt to Teresa. I felt like I needed to get her to open her eyes to the reality of certain situations she was creating, and I wanted her to be real with me for once and for all to my face. I wanted all my questions answered. I couldn’t take it anymore. There were a lot of things said on the deck that day that you didn’t see. What’s important and all that matters is that Teresa and I know what was said and all you need to know was that it was the turning point in our relationship.
Teresa and I had a talk over the phone the night before our talk on the deck.