‘RHONJ’: Joe Gorga Considers Himself A ‘Father Figure’ To Nieces In Joe Giudice’s Absence, Plus Opens Up About IVF

RHONJ Joe Gorga and nieces Instagram

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Gorga is a family man. In addition to raising three children with Melissa Gorga, he is helping raise Teresa and Joe Giudice’s four children. Teresa is a de facto single mom now that her estranged husband lives full-time in Italy.

RHONJ Star Teresa Giudice is Raising Four Daughters Alone

As fans know, Joe Giudice was sentenced to be deported following the completion of his prison sentence for fraud. The RHONJ alum is appealing the ruling, but chose to move to Italy to await the court’s decision there instead of in an ICE facility in the U.S.

While Joe Giudice talks to his girls often, he isn’t allowed entry into the U.S., possibly ever again. Teresa and Gia, 19, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10 all visited Italy around Thanksgiving. The four girls spent Christmas with their father, as well, though Teresa remained stateside.

A few weeks later, Teresa and Joe Giudice announced that they were separating after 20 years of marriage. Neither has filed for divorce. Joe Gorga recently said that he doesn’t see the former couple reuniting in the future, TV Shows Ace reports.

Joe Giudice recently visited London during a brief layover, presumably flying home from his Bahamas work trip. He shared a video of the London Eye Ferris wheel on his Instagram.


Needless to say, Teresa could use some help in the parental guidance area. Her brother is up for the task.

Joe Gorga Takes On a ‘Father Figure’ Role for Nieces

Speaking to Us Weekly to promote his new live comedy show, Joe Gorga opened up about his family.

In late summer of 2019, Joe Gorga helped his oldest niece, Gia, move into the dorms at Rutgers University. That’s all part of his determination to be there for his sister’s kids. While he’s not trying to replace the girls’ father, they need a father figure. The RHONJ star explains,

“You know, again, I’m really not their father. It’s not the same, but I’ll do whatever I can for them. I love them.”

RHONJ Star Gives Update on Possibility of Another Child

As if four nieces and three children aren’t enough, RHONJ‘s Melissa and Joe Gorga are considering having a fourth child. Life&Style also spoke with Joe Gorga before his comedy show earlier this week.

Joe Gorga revealed that Melissa is “all over the place” about having another baby. He says that she wants to ‘freeze her eggs’ one day and is done having kids the next. Regardless of whether the couple decide to go ahead with the IVF, Joe Gorga is supportive of his wife.

The house flipper says that everything he does is for his children.


The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Season 12 Finale airs Wednesday on Bravo.

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