Teresa Giudice is speaking out about the horrible living conditions she experienced while incarcerated. During her first television interview since she was released from federal prison in December, Giudice told ABC News Tuesday that prison was like "living in hell."
"There was mold in the bathrooms. There was not running water constantly. The showers were freezing cold. It was hell. It was definitely living in hell," Giudice said.
However, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star had nothing but praise for her fellow inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn. "The girls were amazing there," she said. "Every time anybody new comes, we all help each other. You think people are terrible that are in prison. I totally don't feel that way now."
But that doesn't mean the reality star wasn't targeted by the other women. "Believe me, they were trying to start drama with me, but I walked away," Giudice said. "And I thought the Real Housewives of New Jersey was drama. Let me tell you, when you go to prison, there's a lot of drama.
Giudice served 11 months of her 15-month sentence for wire and bankruptcy fraud. Her husband Joe Giudice was sentenced to 41 months, which he will begin serving in March. Joe also faces potential deportation to Italy.
Despite the troubles still facing her family, Giudice is staying positive and focusing on her career. She released a prison memoir Turning the Tables and is returning to Real Housewives this season. "We're just taking it one day at a time," Giudice said. "I'm just happy to be home. We're just enjoying every moment, living in the moment."