Teresa Giudice – Love Her or Hate Her – Monday is D-Day by Veena
There are probably no greater public experts on the exploits of Teresa Giudice than the readers of this (and the IHJZ) blog. Most of us have been watching the show from the beginning, and have been dissecting every tweet, news story, and minute of footage. We know when a tabloid runs a bullshit story; we know when the woman behind the smooth PR mask. Some of us love her, some hate her, and others are both tired yet still fascinated by the entire situation.
Stepping back to the first time we met Teresa on the premiere episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey – the warning signs were already there. While we were introduced to a carefree, young mother trying on bikinis and showing off her toned abs as the Manzo sisters schooled her on needing bubbies (boobies), we were also introduced to a woman who shopped with no spending limit, who visited her husband’s workplace while he joked that they needed to hide the checkbook, a woman that was described a the biggest jewelry whore of the bunch. Who can now look at the footage of the 100,000 plus furniture shopping spree with Teresa explaining that she’s heard there’s a recession, so she’s paying in cash, without cringing? Then there was the new mansion being built out of granite and onyx, with enough land that she could run around naked, because she found living in used homes gross.
By season two the facade was already slipping. Castmate Danielle Staub let viewers know that Teresa’s home was in foreclosure. Stories about a bankruptcy began to emerge. While this was the public start of her financial problems, it later emerged that the trouble started well before she joined housewives. During the building boom in the early 2000s, builders like Juicy Joe were pulling in money hand over fist. There were no bad investments. He was probably not alone in going to multiple banks and getting loans until he was up to his eyeballs in debt. Unfortunately for Teresa, most of the loans had her name (and signature) on them, secured by income from jobs she didn’t have. It was a house of cards, and as long as the real estate kept increasing in value, and the luxury homes were selling, enough money was coming in to pay off the debt and fund an over-the-top lifestyle. But as we all know it didn’t last. The housing market plummeted. The bills couldn’t be paid. The couple faced bankruptcy.
The bankruptcy created a whole set of other problems. Income was about to come in from housewife ventures like Teresa’s cookbook, so it appears that the main reason for the bankruptcy filing was to discharge their debt so they could start fresh. Creditors cried foul, and the depth of their deception and lies began to emerge. The bankruptcy was thrown out of court.
This was all shown on Season Three of the show, and viewers began to polarize around the castmates. Tree Huggers (self-proclaimed Teresa fans) saw her as a devoted mom and wife, putting her nose to the grindstone to bring in enough income to pay off her family’s debt. Others began to see Teresa as a poster-child for greed and excess. Castmate Jacqueline Laurita fueled the fire – tweeting that Teresa’s plan was to make it seem like she was going to pay off the debts, but in reality she was going to file for bankruptcy again to discharge her debts. Ironically, Jacqueline’s husband Chris was going through his own bankruptcy at the time, which is now mired in legal proceedings as it appears as though the couple siphoned off business funds to feed their ‘housewife’ lifestyle. Standing with Jacqueline on the “I hate Teresa train’ was Caroline Manzo, who steadfastly gave viewers the impression that Juicy was a fun loving guy who just wanted to please his wife – who was a greedy self-absorbed bitch.
Haters gonna hate but I love love love became Teresa’s tagline, as she smiled her way through it all and launched business after business. But all the while the feds worked diligently in the background amassing an iron-clad case of fraud and tax evasion. Charges were filed, and a plea bargain was reached. Even then many thought that Teresa would escape with probation. But that wasn’t the case. When the couple failed to complete their their financial paperwork accurately (apparently the jewelry whore only wears cheap costume jewelry – no one is going to believe that!), Teresa was given a 15-month sentence in federal prison, with expectations that she’ll serve at least 85 percent of that time. On Monday she has to surrender to the authorities.
Of course the ride is far from over. She’s been filming for housewives through the holidays, and teenage daughter Gia is reportedly filming for her own reality show – to be shopped around at a later date but presumably not for Bravo. Since she’s almost completely disappeared from social media (good for her), tabloids and blogs are growing increasingly desperate for news-worthy items. It appears as though they’ll run with anything. I’m tempted to email in a completely fabricated story to RadarOnline or one of the worse blogs and see if they’ll run with it. But that would be cruel, and I don’t roll that way – even for a social experiment. Even Teresa’s former crisis manager appears to be cashing in with a book in the works. She’d better hire a ghostwriter. Based on her blogs, she’s barely literate.
Prison will be the chance at a reset button for Teresa. I have a feeling she will survive all of this and come out smiling. I doubt she intends to fade from the public eye. She’s one of the most popular housewives on the franchise, and certainly one of the most polarizing. If anything, the last few months have shown that for Teresa, it’s all about her children. In Season One Teresa was shown as the ultimate stage mom. Daughter Gia was shown modeling, dancing, and singing. Things were quiet on the Gia-front for the last few years, but ever since Teresa learned about her sentence date her focus has been all on Gia and launching her girl band. So now it’ll be up to Gia to carry the show until her mom is released from prison. It makes me sad, but it is real, and that is why people are paying attention.
can’t sleep, to much stuff on my mind😁🔫
— Gia Giudice (@TrueGia) January 3, 2015