In December of last year, Teresa Giudice and Joe announced their separation. Given the circumstances, it did not come as a surprise.
Now, Joe is sharing the painful moment when he realized that the marriage was really, truly over.
Taking to Instagram, Joe Giudice shares a video — seemingly recorded off of a screen with his phone.
In it, Teresa is visiting him with their girls in Italy. This was, of course, filmed last year.
Joe propositions Teresa, who declines to share a bed with Joe during the trip — even though he had been incarcerated until very recently.
You can see that Joe is visibly devastated in the The Real Housewives of New Jersey footage. But there was more to it than that.
"That was my moment of insight," Joe captions the video on Instagram.
Notably, in place of actual dialogue, his fans and followers only hear melodramatic music.
He expresses: "I felt rejected."
"This is the first time while filming a scene," Joe admits, "I had severe anxiety and grief."
"I was [locked] up for four years," Joe notes.
Prison is a miserable and dehumanizing experience that generally makes people worse, not better citizens.
He notes that "any human would have a psychological impact of prison life."
There was more to Joe’s feelings of rejection than just four years of pent of horniness, folks.
"This was the moment," Joe shares.
He explains: "I knew deep in my heart she was being difficult with me for a reason."
"My wife has never said no to sleeping with me," Joe reveals.
Never? That is a rarity in marriages.
"I had to walk away," Joe explains.
Even though he was emotionally devastated and perhaps a little humiliated given that his rejection was filmed, he’s not mad.
He emphasizes: "I don’t have resentment against her."
That’s good. It’s her body, and their relationship had more than its share of complications.
Joe openly acknowledges: "(her emotions are justified)."
"It was off guard," Joe characterizes, by which he means that he caught her off guard with his proposition.
He admits that the question "should have been private."
That’s a tough decision to make when it comes to reality television. Unwillingness to film your life can get you fired from Real Housewives.
"I realized I must be responsible for only my kids," Joe writes.
He very correctly emphasizes that "that’s what matters."
"I want to provide, encourage, embrace them with my love in [our] limited time together," Joe concludes.
Just because your marriage is over doesn’t mean that it impacts your role as a parent. Until your kid breaks off contact with you, that role is for life.
It looks like Joe is undergoing some personal and emotional growth as a human being these days.
Of course, it may be that he’s just putting a positive spin on his humiliation to "get ahead of the story," so to speak.
But it sounds like he has a realistic understanding of how his marriage fell apart.
It’s good that he’s putting his kids first. As a parent, that’s always the first priority.