Joe Giudice admits it was ‘difficult’ meeting Luis Ruelas, ex-wife Teresa’s boyfriend, in the Bahamas

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Joe Giudice described his awkward reunion with ex-wife Teresa Giudice for the first time since their divorce finalized in September after 21 years of marriage.

While on vacation together in the Bahamas, 48-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey star introduced Joe to her new husband Luis Ruelas over a dinner in the Bahamas.

Despite sharing photos and videos with Teresa and their four daughters on Wednesday night, Joe admitted that he was struggling to see his childhood sweetheart with a new boyfriend.

Honest: Joe Giudice described his awkward reunion with ex-wife Teresa Giudice for the first time since their divorce finalized in September after 21 years of marriage

Honest: Joe Giudice described his awkward reunion with ex-wife Teresa Giudice for the first time since their divorce finalized in September after 21 years of marriage

‘You can all imagine how I felt when they walked into the room. It was uncomfortable seeing my ex after a lifetime with someone else, ”Joe said Us weekly on Thursday.

Regardless, Joe clarified that he is “genuinely happy for both Teresa and Luis” and wishes “them the best.”

As for his and Teresa’s co-parenting style, he said they “ decided to be honest and stay friends for the girls. ”

Moved further: While vacationing together in the Bahamas, 48-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey introduced Joe to her new boyfriend Luis Ruelas over a dinner in the Bahamas.

Moved further: While vacationing together in the Bahamas, 48-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey introduced Joe to her new boyfriend Luis Ruelas over a dinner in the Bahamas.

Moved further: While vacationing together in the Bahamas, 48-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey introduced Joe to her new boyfriend Luis Ruelas over a dinner in the Bahamas.

“Parenting should always be about giving your children the best outcomes for any situation,” added Joe, who was deported to Italy after spending 41 months behind bars for fraud in 2019. “I think we deserve to all be happy and our kids will thank us for that.”

He is also in a new relationship with a lawyer named Daniela Fittipaldi, who made their Instagram romance official on Valentine’s Day.

They’ve been dating since the summer, as confirmed by Us Weekly in December 2020.

Family First: Teresa and her new boyfriend enjoyed a family dinner with her ex-husband and their four children in the Bahamas on Wednesday

Family First: Teresa and her new boyfriend enjoyed a family dinner with her ex-husband and their four children in the Bahamas on Wednesday

Family First: Teresa and her new boyfriend enjoyed a family dinner with her ex-husband and their four children in the Bahamas on Wednesday

Joe and Teresa made headlines after watching a meal with their kids Gia, 20, Gabriella, 16, Milania, 15, and Audriana, 11, and Luis.

In images shared by Milania, which were reposted by her mother, Teresa and Ruelas sat right in front of Joe, 48, in a pretty awkward environment.

‘I really appreciate it and hope that I will continue to be present in my best friend’s life. A wonderful person, mother and confident person, ‘Joe captioned a sweet photo with his ex-wife and kids at Graycliff Restaurant.

Fans were stunned to see them share a meal with Joe, who was deported to Italy after spending 41 months behind bars for fraud in 2019.

Fans were stunned to see them share a meal with Joe, who was deported to Italy after spending 41 months behind bars for fraud in 2019.

Surprisingly, fans were amazed when Teresa and Joe shared a meal with Joe

Happy: Footage from Milania's report of the evening showed Teresa blowing a kiss at the camera, Ruelas smiling and Joe looking a bit more reserved

Happy: Footage from Milania's report of the evening showed Teresa blowing a kiss at the camera, Ruelas smiling and Joe looking a bit more reserved

Happy: Footage from Milania’s report of the evening showed Teresa blowing a kiss at the camera, Ruelas smiling and Joe looking a bit more reserved

In addition, the father of four wrote that he had a “wonderful meeting” with the New York Times bestselling author and her “baby boy.”

Meanwhile, his eldest gushed that they “ stay together anyway ” in their family on her Instagram story.

Videos of Milania’s report of the evening showed Teresa throwing a kiss at the camera, Ruelas smiling, and Joe looking a little more reserved.

Dinner: In videos shared by Milania, reposted by her mom, Teresa and Ruelas sat right in front of Joe (Ruelas pictured in pink)

Dinner: In videos shared by Milania, reposted by her mom, Teresa and Ruelas sat right in front of Joe (Ruelas pictured in pink)

Dinner: In videos shared by Milania, reposted by her mom, Teresa and Ruelas sat right in front of Joe (Ruelas pictured in pink)

Teresa was dressed in a form-fitting patterned jumpsuit, while Milania wore a baby blue dress and sister Gia stunned in a deep striped mini dress.

Joe cut a more stylish figure in a black button-down and gray pants while standing next to Gabriella, who wore a white bandana top and beige pants for the fun night.

Teresa also shared a snap of the evening, on the same night Wednesday’s episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, in which she was seen with her brother Joe Gorga.

Family: Joe was reunited with his four daughters in the Bahamas, where he recently moved

Family: Joe was reunited with his four daughters in the Bahamas, where he recently moved

Family: Joe was reunited with his four daughters in the Bahamas, where he recently moved

Tonight’s episode is tough for my girls and I. Joe is the father of my children and although we are breaking up, I respect his relationship with my daughters, so it’s hard for them to see my brother belittle him for the sake of my daughters who have already suffered so much loss, ‘ she wrote.

The loving mom continued, “My mom loved Joe and that’s what my girls have seen and remembered. I hope that from this point on we can all move forward in a more positive way for the sake of our family. ‘

Teresa doesn’t seem impressed by any awkwardness as she gets some quality time with her husband on vacation, including a romantic dinner.

‘Every day is another day in paradise with you,’ she captioned a photo from one of their date nights in a thigh-skimming blue floral dress.

Get serious: Teresa has moved on with boyfriend Luis 'Louie' Ruelas

Get serious: Teresa has moved on with boyfriend Luis 'Louie' Ruelas

Get serious: Teresa has moved on with boyfriend Luis ‘Louie’ Ruelas

Happier than ever: Teresa doesn't seem impressed by any clumsiness as she saved some quality time with her husband, including a romantic dinner

Happier than ever: Teresa doesn't seem impressed with any clumsiness as she saved some quality time with her husband, including a romantic dinner

Happier than ever: Teresa doesn’t seem impressed by any clumsiness as she saved some quality time with her husband, including a romantic dinner

Joe, 48, recently moved to the Caribbean from Italy and has been unable to spend time with all of his daughters since December 2019, shortly after moving to Italy from his home in New Jersey.

When the lockdowns hit last year, Joe didn’t get to see his kids again until November when Gia and Milania visited him in Italy, where they met Joe’s new girlfriend Daniela Fittipaldi.

According to Teresa, Joe is in the Bahamas to train for a boxing match.

Ahead: The childhood sweetheart got married in 1999 and officially divorced after 20 years of marriage last year;  seen in 2016

Ahead: The childhood sweetheart got married in 1999 and officially divorced after 20 years of marriage last year;  seen in 2016

Ahead: The childhood sweetheart got married in 1999 and officially divorced after 20 years of marriage last year; seen in 2016

‘He currently lives in the Bahamas and I know he will fight. He’s fighting celebrities, ”Teresa recalled Additional last month from her ex, who will be taking part in a Celebrity Boxing contest.

Teresa has moved on with Ruelas after she ended things with her ex, whom she married in 1999 and officially divorced last year after 20 years of marriage.

According to Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, the couple reportedly moved in together earlier this year.