Joe Giudice has left on a jet plane.
And, really, truly… he has no idea when he’ll be back again.
As previously reported, the admitted criminal — who pleaded guilty in 2016 to multiple counts of financial fraud and recently completed his stint on prison — has finally been released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.
But only under one condition:
That he return to his native country of Italy.
As loyal fans of The Real Housewives of New Jersey likely know by now, the veteran reality star was ordered out of the country by a judge in late 2018.
Despite moving to the United States when he was a child, Joe never became an American citizen and then he committed a federal crime — so there you go.
That’s how the system works; one must then be deported.
Joe is waiting for his latest appeal of the ruling to be heard, and there’s still a chance the deportation decree gets overruled.
But it’s a small chance — and Joe must reside in Italy while his case makes its way through the system.
“He is en route to Italy right now. He spoke to [wife] Teresa and [daughter] Gia from the plane and he is extremely happy to be released, more than words can describe,” Joe’s attorney, James J. Leonard Jr., said in a statement on Friday.
Shortly afterward, Teresa published a ridiculous photo on Instagram:
Yes, this is a picture of the Statue of Liberty shielding her eyes… presumably because it’s SUCH a grave injustice that a mega-wealthy white person who confessed to breaking the law is being sent back to his first-world home country.
Please, someone go break out a bunch of violins.
Teresa captioned the picture with a string of the praying hands emoji.
“We are still fighting and it is his desire to return home to the United States to be reunited with his family,” Leonard’s statement continued.
Joe and Teresa are parents to four daughters (Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10) and it’s absolutely terrible that they won’t have their dad around for the foreseeable future.
But he still sucks as a human being.
Gia, meanwhile, shared a photo of herself FaceTiming with her father after his release on Friday, October 11.
“One of the happiest moments of my life!” she captioned the Snapchat post on Saturday, October 12. “Love you so much daddy, so happy your [sic] free! See you so soon.”
It’s pretty evident by this image that Joe has lost a lot of weight, which is not stunning for someone who spent several months behind bars.
Take a look at the photo in question here:
As for his future with Teresa? It’s a bleak one.
By all accounts, Teresa will be ending her marriage regardless of what happens with Joe going forward.
“I’m not doing a long distance relationship. I’m not doing it,” Teresa told Andy Cohen in March. “I want somebody with me every day.”
“I know exactly what happens — I’m sure he’ll be with other women. It happens,” Teresa added at the time, looking ahead to a future of her in America and Joe abroad and concluding:
“You do the long-distance thing, it’s not going to work. I’d be like, ‘Bye bye.’”