Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice may be preparing to head back to Italy amid his deportation appeal, but according to sources - the move is a "blessing in disguise" for wife Teresa Giudice.

"Joe Giudice going back to Italy has brought Teresa's girls even closer than ever, so in a way, she looks at this whole situation as a blessing in disguise," a source close to Teresa told HollywoodLife.

Gia and Teresa's other three children are known to be daddy's girls, but since Joe has been away, Teresa has been able to build a close-knit bond with her daughters too.

"Gia is so instrumental in all of this and she even left Rutgers immediately when she heard Joe was going back to Italy just to be there with her sisters. Gia is so mature and amazing and has been another rock for Teresa. She just wants this to all be over for her daughters. Though there are no plans to visit yet, she of course will figure out something for the girls to see their father,"