Teresa Giudice has battled reports that Joe is cheating on her, as well as calling her foul names behind her back, and now the New Jersey Real Housewife is leaping to her much maligned hubby's defense yet again -- insisting he is NOT a homophobe.
In fact, Teresa insists, in an exclusive interview with Star magazine, that despite his repeated use of gay slurs, Joe "loves" his gay friends, enjoys hanging out at gay bars and even shed a tear or two at a recent gay wedding.
“Joe came to the gay bar with me, and we had so much fun!” Teresa tells Star. “It’s so obvious he is not at all homophobic.
"Both my husband and I have many gay friends. In fact, we have a very close friend who just bought a house with his partner to be close to our beach house on Long Beach Island.”
Teresa then went on to relay her tender-hearted hubby’s emotional moment at a recent gay wedding: “He thought their vows were so heartfelt, he was actually welling up while they were reciting them!”
For the full story pick up the new issue of Star magazine -- on newsstands Thursday.