Indicted 'RHONJ' couple: 'We're good people'

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  • Teresa and Joe Giudice opened up for the first time since being accused of fraud
  • Teresa: 'I don't understand why this is happening to us'
Indicted 'RHONJ' couple: 'We're good people'

Did 'Real Housewives' ruin Teresa Giudice's life?

Did 'Real Housewives' ruin Teresa Giudice's life?

Ex-'Housewives’ star: I feel bad for Teresa

Teresa and Joe Giudice broke their silence for the first time since being slapped with multiple fraud charges and possibly facing up to 50 years behind bars.

The "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars opened up to Andy Cohen on Sunday's episode of "Watch What Happens: Live," putting up a united front in the face of what Teresa, 41, called a "devastating" situation.

"I have anxiety and sleepless nights," she said. "I used to sleep like a baby, now I get up."
 
She and husband Joe, 43, were indicted on 39 counts of multiple fraud and tax crimes in July, with each facing up to five decades in prison.
 
 
"We're good people," Teresa proclaimed. "I don't understand why this is happening to us."
 
The couple, who have four daughters together, became emotional during the interview, with Teresa wiping away tears upon being asked what would happen to their children.

"I can't fall apart," Teresa said. "I have my daughters. I'm asking, like, 'Why is this happening to me?'… Maybe it's something that my daughters can learn through all of this."

Joe indicated that one of his siblings would take the children if anything were to happen to them, insisting that Teresa's brother and his wife, fellow "Real Housewives" cast members Joe and Melissa Gorga, would not take their daughters. The two families have often had a contentious relationship on the reality show.

When asked if the couple lived beyond their means, Joe clarified that "whatever I could afford to buy I would buy."

The couple insisted that they pleaded not guilty because they truly don't believe they are at fault. "We work hard, so what, we are allowed to make money," said Joe. "It's part of what we do. I'm a business man and I make money."

With their trial set for February, the couple say they will not be "running away" from the situation. "I am not crawling under a rock and hiding," said Teresa. "That's not me. I am still going to be the person who I am and the day I go to court, when we resolve this, everyone will see who Joe and I really are."

 

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