Teresa Giudice’s reunion with her family after one year in prison was topped off by a nice surprise from her husband Joe, a new car.
But what should have been a time of celebration quickly turned into criticism as media outlets reported that extravagant gift was not necessary for a couple who have long had money troubles.
Giudice’s lawyer, James. J. Leonard spoke to People Magazine and stated, “She needs a car, end of story. Just like anyone else who needs a car.
The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star was gifted with a black Lexus SUV, complete with a large red bow.
The reality star, 43, was released from Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, after serving nearly a year in prison for fraud.Add Contact Form
She was reunited with her family, including husband Joe and daughters Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana, just in time to celebrate the Christmas holidays.
According to People, the family’s celebration was “very emotional and very private.”
The magazine also reported that the reality star was released at 5:01 a.m.on Dec. 23 and gave herself a makeover in the prison bathroom before she was released.
The report stated that she “RHONJ” star took “some time to get herself together.”
She was seen in her first photos after her release in full makeup, with her hair done and a fashionable outfit.
“Teresa was smiling when she emerged,” the source says. “She was wearing all black and looked happy.”
Giudice also had a cappuccino waiting for her in the car for her drive home.
“She is thrilled that she is finally going home,” a source told People.
The reality star was sentenced to 15 months in jail in October of 2014.
Reportedly, Giudice will return to the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” at some point, but it has not been revealed when that will occur.
She has also written a book titled, “”urning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again.”
It will be released on Feb. 9, four days after she finishes home confinement.