Since 2009's Season 1 of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa Giudice has defended her husband Joe Giudice. From using gay slurs to his infamous vineyard phone call to another woman, Teresa spent many reunions in her 10 seasons on the show protecting him and advocating for his character.
Even after Teresa spent a year in prison following Joe's part in a tax evasion and fraud scheme, Teresa stood by her man and insisted that there was nothing that could bring them apart.
But when Teresa and Joe Gorga's mother, Antonia Gorga, passed away in 2017, Teresa began to see her husband differently. She felt like Joe Giudice had robbed her of time she could have spent with her mom, and she began to get upset at the fact that she never felt like he took responsibility for the crimes that sent them both to prison.
After Joe Giudice was deported to Italy following his release from prison and his subsequent stay in an ICE facility, Teresa separated from her husband of two decades. Their marriage was beyond repair, and Teresa claimed that she had become a different, more independent person.
Now that she's single, many are wondering: Is Teresa Giudice dating?
Is Teresa Giudice dating? Looks like she found someone new!
According to Page Six, the Bravo star has found someone new after finalizing her divorce two months prior. A source told the outlet that Teresa is dating New Jersey businessman Luis “Louie” Ruelas. “The relationship is very new, but both are very happy,” the insider told Page Six.
Teresa's reported new beau is a 46-year-old single dad of two who co-founded the digital marketing company Digital Media Solutions. The duo was spotted out at a football game looking very cozy. However, the reality star did not immediately confirm her new romance.
Teresa Giudice and Luis Ruelas are now Instagram official!
On Tuesday, Dec. 22, Teresa uploaded a picture making her new relationship official. "The BEST thing that came out of 2020," the caption reads beneath the photo of Teresa and Luis sitting together and looking cozy. The comment section is filled with well-wishes for the happy couple — and several references of Teresa making an "upgrade," too!
Teresa has faced plenty of speculation about her romantic life since her split from Joe. On Season 9, many of her co-stars would often discuss the speculation that Teresa had a much younger boyfriend. Photos of Teresa with another guy were also snapped by the paparazzi, and many thought that the two looked to be more than just friends.
In Season 10, Teresa flirted with her pool contractor and former high school boyfriend, Anthony Delorenzo. On the show, the two spoke about their former spark, and Teresa flirted with him by pointing out his physique.
Later on in the season, when the women were in the Hamptons, she showed them shirtless pictures of the contractor.
While Teresa has stayed mum on the details of her personal life, her ex has been very vocal about their divorce.
Joe Giudice dished on his divorce from Teresa.
Though Joe Giudice is thousands of miles away from Teresa in Italy, he's still able to keep in touch with her and the public on his Instagram page. After his reunion with his family aired on the RHONJ Season 10 finale on Feb. 26, he posted a montage of photos of his family from said visit, and he elaborated on the way that he was edited on the show.
He even admitted that his marriage had "failed."
"No matter how much energy and time I devoted to trying it failed," he wrote in the caption. "I did my best and put all efforts into making this a great experience for my family. I did try to address issues in the relationship that bothered me throughout the years in return [cameras] portrayed it as Criticism!"
"My key role was to always to be a great father and husband not the [villain]," he continued in the caption. "Today I [see], I can’t allow others to keep lingering toxins and undesirable demands around me. I choose to have a solid foundation with strong and inspiring people around me in [Italy]."
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on Bravo.