The Giudice family is celebrating another milestone without jailbird Joe, and Teresa seems totally unfazed. This Tuesday, January 8, The Real Housewives of New Jersey star threw a huge bash for daughter Gia's 18th birthday, but of course daddy was nowhere to be seen — and neither was her wedding ring! Click through RadarOnline.com's gallery to see the shocking photos and learn more about the troubled marriage.
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"The day I became your mom was the day I found purpose in my life. Gia, you are such a sweet, gentle loving smart person and I'm so fortunate to be chosen as your mother," Teresa Giudice, 46, captioned a beautiful Instagram slideshow with photos of Gia growing up next to her loved ones. Throughout the day, the RHONJ star shared sweet snaps from her eldest daughter's party, including several where she was caught without her dazzling wedding ring.
"Thank you for being such an amazing big sister, cousin, niece, friend & all the other roles you play, I don't know what I'd do without you. You'll never understand how much I love you & how grateful I am. I'm so proud & excited to see where your future takes you! Happy Birthday my gorgeous girl!! 18 - I can't believe it!!!" Teresa continued, failing to address the elephant in the room.
At one point, Teresa shared a snap of her with the birthday girl — who was looking gorgeous next to her lavish purple and silver cake. In the photo, the reality star's left hand looked totally bare.
As Radar readers know, Teresa and Joe Giudice, 46, have been contemplating divorce ever since they got busted for bankruptcy and fraud. But despite their troubles, Teresa has always made sure to wear her wedding bling — until now.
Readers also know this is not the first big family event Joe has missed ever since he got sent to prison for his shady crime. And now that he's being deported to his native Italy, it's uncertain what will happen to the once tight-knit family.
This December, Teresa took her girls on a fun Jamaica vacation where they celebrated the holidays without their shamed daddy. A source told Radar at the time that the star refused to visit her jailbird hubby on Christmas and he was "livid!" Despite the fact that it was his lies what got him behind bars, the insider said angry Joe was thinking about divorcing Teresa after being released. Luckily for Gia, she will be away in college when all the family drama goes down. How do you think Teresa Giudice and her girls are doing without Joe Giudice? Let us know below.
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