To say Teresa and Joe Giudice have a troubled marriage would be like saying our nation's current political climate is somewhat divisive.
In addition to the problems that afflict other couples, the Real Houwesives of New Jersey stars face additional hurdles in the form of multiple felony convictions and extended prison sentences.
Teresa and Joe were convicted on multiple bankruptcy fraud charges back in 2014, and the judge in their case allowed the Giudices to serve their sentences concurrently, so as not to leave their children parentless.
So when Teresa left prison after finishing a 15-month sentence back in December of 2015, she and Joe only had a few weeks together before he headed off to Fort Dix Correctional Institution to begin his own 41-month bid.
The situation would be enough to put a strain on the strongest of marriages, and Joe and Teresa had plenty of issues before they ran afoul of the law.
When Teresa was locked up, there rumors of Joe cheating on her with a number of younger women.
Now that Teresa is doing the single mom thing, it's widely rumored that she's following his lead.
At first, Teresa and her four daughters - Gia, 16, Gabriella, 12, Milania, 11, and Audriana, 7 - made the 90-mile trek to visit Joe “usually every other week,” according to a source.
Speaking to Us Weekly, the insider added:
“And they talk on the phone several times a day.”
These days, however, Teresa “hasn’t visited Joe in prison for a few months," the tipster claims.
And the reason, it seems, is that she's found a new way of keeping herself busy.
According to Us, Teresa is involved in an affair with an unidentified Jersey businessman.
The affair was confirmed to the tabloid by Teresa's friend-turned-enemy Kim DePaolo:
"They’ve been pretty cozy I’m going to say in the last five months,” Kim says.
“I think Teresa has every right to go out and find somebody else. She should leave Joe.”
Kim sounds pretty sure of herself, but Teresa's lawyer has issued a statement clarifying that his client “vehemently denies these allegations," adding:
"They are 1,000 percent false and have been manufactured by attention-seeking lowlifes who have no moral compass. The only man in Teresa’s life is Joe Giudice. Period. End of story.”
Attention-seeking lowlifes with no moral compass?
We think the lawyer just accidentally described the entire cast of RHONJ!