Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice may be serving a 15-month sentence for bankruptcy fraud (among other charges), but this minor setback hasn't stopped her from posing for the camera and bringing her kids along for the ride. In a new US Weekly cover photo, Teresa's husband Joe and two youngest children, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 5, are smiling for the camera, and Teresa is right there with them, even in her prison jumpsuit.
I think this is all SO wrong! What kind of message are you sending to your daughters here? That prison is a great place for a prime-time photo shoot? It makes me cringe.
The whole situation reminds me that another "housewife" is dealing with jail time, her spouse's in this case. I'm talking about mom-of-two Phaedra Parks over at Real Housewives of Atlanta. Phaedra's husband, Apollo, was sentenced to eight years in jail for fraud back in July of last year. On the show, the star has expressed serious concerns that she would traumatize her sons, Ayden, 5, and Dylan, almost 2, if she brought them to prison to visit their dad. Prison is scary for anyone, especially for young children. I respect Phaedra for understanding the seriousness of a parent going to prison to the point where she's not even sure she can bring her children there.
I'm not sure the Giudices fully understand the seriousness of prison. In a recent interview, Joe said the family once had to wait an hour to visit with Teresa ... because she was doing her hair. He's been talking about how she gets her nails done and goes to the gym every day, as if she is at a country club instead of a correctional facility. Are they putting on an act for the public? Of course. But are they hurting their children in the process? I think so. It's not my call whether the Giudices take their kids up to the prison where Teresa is serving her time, and I'm not saying it's a bad thing for the girls to visit if they feel comfortable enough to go. But I don't think it's right that they are posing for pictures in prison. There is just no good way to spin that. If I were Teresa, I would take some time off from the spotlight, and give my kids the opportunity to do that as well.