Despite her upcoming deportation, Teresa Giudice revealed that her husband Joe is doing everything possible to stay strong while serving a sentence of 41 months in prison for mail fraud, bank transfer and bankruptcy that began in March 2016.
Appearing in Good morning america, Tuesday, the 46-year-old. The real housewives of New Jersey The star opened on the decision of an immigration court last month to deport Joe to his native Italy after his prison sentence, admitting that the situation was "heartbreaking" and "very sad" for his family. (She shares the daughters Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 9, with Joe.)
Receive push notifications with news, features and more.
You will get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications.
"The girls are really upset," he said. "It's hard for them, adults can handle anything, but it's hard for kids to go through this," they ask, "Why is this happening to me? I want my dad back home. "
Joe, meanwhile, is "being very positive," said Teresa.
RELATED: The deportation of Joe Giudice is "Breaking his heart", says the source: "He did not deserve this"
Paul Zimmerman / Getty Images for Mount Airy Casino Resort
As for her?
"I never thought I would be in this position," he said, confessing that the situation was difficult for the couple's marriage.
"It's very difficult, we've been through a lot," he said. "I've been through ups and downs, I'm angry, but listen, I have to stay strong, I have four beautiful daughters who need their mom."
RELATED: Teresa Giudice reveals the "hysterical" reaction of her daughters to the upcoming deportation of her father
While the family plans to appeal the ruling, Joe could still be deported. When asked how he would handle it, the Bravo star said he would simply "take it one day at a time."
Teresa, who was a little over 11 months in prison, herself, for the same crimes and was released on December 23, 2015, was recently opened to PEOPLE about the tension that Joe's sentence has caused in the marriage .
"Of course I am very angry," he said. "I wish my husband had crossed every T, splashed every I. There was also another person involved and nothing happened to that person, which is very sad. There are many scenarios. I lost my mom. I'm angry about that. You know? I lost time with my mom, because I was away. There's a lot. I lost time with my daughters while I was away. Children need their mom. "
"She left when Adriana was 6. She is 9 years old now Yes, it's two and a half years, I mean, it's going to be three years." "He has lost three years with his children."
Although Joe's future after its launch in the spring of 2019 is unknown, the family is doing everything possible to ensure that he returns to his home in New Jersey.
"They know we're going to fight against that, they know mom is doing everything she can," Teresa said. "They know I'm doing everything I can, that's all, that's all I can do."