updated 10/14/2013 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/14/2013 AT 9:30 AM ET
Teresa and her husband, Joe, are facing the possibility of 50 years behind bars for multiple counts of fraud, and it’s clearly weighing heavily on the mother of four. “Of course this bothers me. I’m human. There’s a lot of nights I cry myself to sleep,” the 41-year-old admitted. “I’m worried for my family. If I fall apart, the rest of my family’s gonna fall apart I don’t want them to feel any pain I’m just like every other mom.”
“I don’t believe in karma. I m Catholic. I don’t know why this came to us,” she continued. “The best thing you can do is learn from it It’s in God’s hands.”
When asked about their reactions to the legal battle the Giudices face, most of the housewives became emotional, as did Teresa’s brother, Joe Gorga.
“I got depressed [when I heard about the charges],” said Gorga, who’s feuded with his sister over the past few seasons. “It’s hard to talk about. I don’t want to touch on that subject. I hope that everything works out.”
His wife, Melissa, added, “I’m sad for them I’m sad for the girls.”
Kathy Wakile agreed. “You want their pain to go away.”
A tearful Jacqueline Laurita, who made amends with Giudice this season, said, “Teresa’s the strongest woman I know I’ve had hives [thinking about it] I know she has to be scared.”
But Caroline Manzo – who announced on her blog on Sunday that she’s leaving the Real Housewives – was a bit more direct when host Andy Cohen asked if she thought Giudice’s lavish lifestyle could be behind her current problems.
“Teresa likes nice things,” Manzo said. “She’s not going to deny it Doesn’t make her evil that’s her thing.”