Another case of Instagram versus reality.
Joe Giudice’s dinner date with his ex-wife, Teresa Giudice, and her new boyfriend, Luis “Louie” Ruelas, did not go as smoothly as it appeared in their social media photo-op.
“You can all imagine how I felt when they walked in the room,” Joe, 48, told Us Weekly on Thursday. “It was awkward to see my ex after a lifetime together with someone else.”
A video posted online showed the friendly exes having dinner at Graycliff Restaurant in the Bahamas earlier this week with their four daughters — Gia, 20, Gabriella, 16, Milania, 15, and Audriana, 11 — as well as Ruelas, 46, who sat next to Teresa.
“Teresa and I decided to be honest and remain friends with one another for the girls,” Joe told the outlet. “Parenting should always be about giving your children the best outcomes for every situation. I believe we deserve to all be happy and our children will thank us for it.”
He added, “I am genuinely happy for both Teresa and Luis and wish them the best!“
The businessman, who was deported to Italy in 2019 after serving prison time for fraud, has also moved on with a new relationship.
In December, Joe posted the first photo with his girlfriend, lawyer Daniela Fittipaldi, on Instagram. Teresa, 48, appeared supportive of her ex-husband’s budding romance, commenting on the post with red heart emojis.
We exclusively reported in November that the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star was dating Ruelas, a New Jersey businessman.
She and Joe finalized their divorce in September after 21 years of marriage.