Exclusive: Teresa Giudice credits daughters with giving her strength through challenging times

By Sarah Curran

If you've been keeping up with The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you know Teresa Giudice, 47, has been through more than her fair share of challenges in recent times.

Since the New Jersey based reality TV show debuted back in 2009, viewers have watched as the Italian-American fitness competitor and cookbook author faced down many trials and tribulations, including her husband Joe’s fight to stay in the U.S.

Despite testing times and tough situations, Teresa has always managed to bounce back with an astonishing resilience – a gift which she attributes to her four beautiful daughters.

While visiting Toronto to coincide with RHONJ returning to Hayu for Season 10, the mom to Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10 sat down with HELLO! Canada for a candid conversation.

“I get my strength from my daughters," said Teresa. “I have to be strong for them. I’m their mommy. They’re looking up to me and I can’t let them down.”

Added the doting mother: “I wake up everyday grateful that I have four healthy daughters. They put a smile on my face and keep me going. Everything I do is for them.”

Teresa has been married for over 20 years, and also revealed the secret to her strong relationship with Joe: “Communicating and being open with each other. I think that’s the best thing,” said the star.

The happy couple before a book signing in 2016. Photo: © Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Mount Airy Casino Resort

Joe is currently living in Italy as he awaits a final decision on his deportation case, which will determine whether or not he can move back to the United States to be with his wife and daughters. Teresa and the girls visited him back in November, and it’s possible they may return to Italy again for Christmas.

“We’re still unsure, but we’re making plans at the moment,” she told HELLO! Canada of their holiday plans.

Teresa may have already penned six books and hit TheNew York Times Best Sellers list, but she isn’t done writing yet! The certified yogi told us she has plans to release another book very soon.

Asked if she would be making any New Year’s resolutions, Teresa confessed that she doesn’t bother with the goal setting tradition.

“I just do me!” she said proudly.

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