REAL Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice celebrated her daughter Gia’s 20th birthday on Friday with her new boyfriend, Luis Ruelas.
The 48-year-old reality star began dating Luis a few months ago, after her divorce from her ex and Gia’s dad, Joe, last year as he continues to live away in Italy.
Teresa shared snaps throughout the day of how they showered her eldest daughter with love, including a giant balloon decoration in their home from Balloon Boss that read, “HBD 20 GIA,” in purple and silver colors.
The family then all went out to eat at an Italian restaurant in New Jersey, Di Palma Brothers, to have a feast for the occasion.
They all sang Happy Birthday to Gia as she stood behind a lit-up white cake with her name on it, with the video ending on Luis smiling out at his girlfriend’s daughter.
Teresa’s new boyfriend celebrated Gia’s big day while the 20-year-old’s dad continues to live away in Italy.
A source close to Joe exclusively told The Sun that he has “given up” in his fight to appeal the deportation and return to the United States, as he’s moved on with his new girlfriend in Italy.
Joe, 48, was transferred to ICE detention center in March 2019 after serving a 41-month prison sentence for fraud.
He was released from ICE custody in October 2019 and was deported to his native Italy, and in April 2020, his federal deportation appeal was denied by a judge.
The insider added: “It’s over. He’s there. That’s the decision. It would take a presidential pardon and even that doesn’t get it done. He has no more appeals. It’s very unfortunate.
“Even if Joe and Teresa weren’t going to be together he deserves to be with the kids.”
Teresa and Joe ended their 20-year marriage in September, after they both spent time in jail for charges relating to their finances, including failing to file tax returns.
Joe served a longer sentence than Teresa, a total of 41 months to her 11.
They co-parent their four daughters – Gia, 20, Gabriella, 17, Milania, 16, and Audriana, 12 – and the kids visited him in Italy in December 2019 and again this past November.
Joe is now dating Italian lawyer Daniela Fittipaldi, who Gia and Milania met and “really like,” according to the source.
Just days after Joe shared a photo of his new bikini-clad girlfriend online last month, Teresa made her new relationship with Luis social media official.
They had been dating for the three months before she decided to officially share her love with the world online.
Things have been heating up with the couple lately, between their new Instagram status, wedding celebrations for friends, and all of their on-the-street make-out sessions.
Despite claims that he “threatened” his ex, the RHONJ star shared that he’s “The BEST thing that came out of 2020.”
Fellow Real Housewives left comments of excitement and support on her post about their romance.
Brandi Glanville commented with some heart emojis, while Kelly Dodd wrote: “I’m so happy for you Tre!!”
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The two enjoyed Christmas dinner together and also rang in the new year with each other.
Teresa shared a coupled-up shot of the two of them earlier this week, with him in a nice blue suit and her in a silver, sparkly mini-dress.
She wrote alongside the snapshot: “New year New beginnings ❤️🍾”