Joe Giudice Celebrates First Father’s Day from Italy: 'Far or Near You Will Always Be My Babies'
Joe Giudice can feel love - even from all over the world.
On Sunday, Joe celebrated his first father's day since moving to Italy after he was released from ICE detention at the end of last year. In honor of the special day, his family, including ex-Teresa Giudice and daughter Gia (19), sent him warm messages on social media.
"Happy Fathers Day @ joe.giudice The girls miss you today and every day!" Teresa, 48, wrote next to a relapse photo of Joe with her daughters Gia, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10.
In her own post, Gia paid tribute to both her father and her late grandfather Giacinto Gorga, who died in April.
"Happy Father's Day to the most amazing people in my life and to the souls that keep me going every day! Papa, thanks for showing me how to show strength, Nonno, thanks for always pushing me to do it have to be my best me and Zio Joe, thank you for being there when I always need you, "she wrote alongside a series of family photos. "Nonno today and every day I speak to you and thank you for everything you taught me, you are one and a million and I miss you so much every day. Thank you for making me the person, who I am today. I love you ❤️ No, I celebrate you today and every day. "
Although he couldn't personally celebrate Father's Day with his daughters, Joe was full of love in his own special message.
"I wish I was there to really hug you tightly," he wrote next to a video full of family photos. "Far or near will you always be my babies and mine? #Havegreatday # happyfathersday2020."
The sweet news comes just a month after Joe Teresa wished Instagram a Happy Mothers Day. He posted a cute video montage on Instagram that included photos of her four daughters.
"First of all, I want to tell you how thankful I am for you," wrote 47-year-old Joe. "I will never be able to say it enough; THANKS. Thanks for everything."
"I know as long as I'm not around. You will always do everything to make sure our girls are safe," he added. "You are a beautiful and wonderful mother, I will always be grateful to you."
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PEOPLE already spread the news in December that Teresa and Joe split up after 20 years. A source close to the couple said the two were not investigating divorce proceedings at the time.
Joe has been living in Italy since October, seven months after he was released from his 41-month sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy. After his release in March 2019, he was initially placed in the care of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Service to await his appeal decisions. However, due to the difficult conditions within the ICE, he applied to go to Italy.
Last month, Joe's third appeal for deportation was denied.
"We have always claimed that Joe Giudice and his family belonged to the United States, not Italy," his lawyer James J. Leonard told PEOPLE on April 29. "Immigration laws in our country are both draconian and antiquated and must be." Visited again by forward-looking members of Congress. "
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Despite the news, Leonard said Joe was "very positive about life."
"He is in Italy and does everything he can to stay busy and stay healthy. I know that he is working on some projects that you will surely hear about soon. At the moment it is like everyone else every day."
Joe was born in Italy and lived there a year before his parents moved to America. He has never obtained American citizenship and, under US law, immigrants can be deported if they are convicted of "a crime of moral injustice" or a "serious crime".
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