"Life, it's always better to look through the windshield and not through the rearview mirror, you know," claimed Joe Giudice in his first video release following his jail sentence in 2018.
Convicted of wire fraud, bank fraud, claiming false information on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud, the Italy-born restaurateur has not had it easy by any means in past years.
So, what else has he been up to since his arrest? Here's everything you need to know about Teresa Giudice's ex-husband, including where he is living now.
First, what exactly happened after Joe Giudice was released from prison?
After serving his 41-month sentence, Joe was transferred to an ICE facility. In October 2019, he asked the court to allow him to move back to his family home in New Jersey while the official decision was made — but he was turned down.
Having been informed that he may be required to stay in custody for an indefinite period of time, Joe chose to undergo the process of voluntary deportation and flew back to his homeland of Italy instead. At the time of his deportation, he shot a video for his fans.
“You just gotta look forward and never look back," he said before adding, "But at the end of the day, people make mistakes. Nobody’s perfect."
In November 2019, the reality star was reunited with his wife and daughters in Salerno, where he lived with his mother. "We're back," Gia captioned a photo of the family reunion at the time.
So, is Joe Giudice still living in Italy — and does he have plans to return to New Jersey?
Shortly after his deportation, Joe revealed in an interview with E! News in October 2020, that he was seeing another woman. Without name-dropping a new girlfriend, he suggested he and another woman were "not really dating, but we’re, like, seeing each other or whatever."
He also added that he and Teresa are still on good terms despite everything they've been through, adding, "I mean, listen, we talk every day but, we kind of moved on already. What are you going to do? It’s been a while. If I was living there, it would be a different story, but I’m not. I’m over here, eight hours away in Italy, full of a bunch of Italian women."
The couple officially divorced in December 2019, and Teresa has since remarried. Her wedding to Luis Ruelas was filmed for Season 13 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Plus, Joe has since moved to the Bahamas, where he has been living since 2021.
He opened up about his new home on Teresa's podcast, Namaste B$tches, explaining his decision to move to the Caribbean. "It’s so close to the States… I have a future here," Joe said, noting that his four daughters can easily visit.
So, it looks like Joe has no plans to try to return to the United States.
What does Joe do for a living?
Joe is working in construction in the Bahamas, just like he did in New Jersey before his arrest.
"This is what I grew up doing, like construction, rentals, this is what I did in the States,” Joe explained on the podcast. "It’s an easy job. I’m not complaining. I get a salary, and we’re partners for other things that I bring in, like stucco."
Before that, he was involved in his sex toy business, Zalo USA. As he told E! at the time, "I wouldn’t call it my sex shop because it’s not, we don’t sell any of those other things. It’s basically just high-end massagers that are made by an Italian French designer. So they’re made of top quality material and, I mean, it’s a very good product."
It looks like Juicy Joe is living his best life.