Teresa Giudice drove away from Federal Correctional Institution Wednesday morning, and she NEVER LOOKED BACK!
After spending just under a year in prison, Giudice got herself back to her home (Jersey) where husband Joe and daughters Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana had festively decorated in eager anticipation of her arrival.
Also waiting for her: A black Lexus SUV with a large red bow, cause nothing says freedom like consumer culture!
“She is thrilled that she is finally going home,” a source close to the reality star tells PEOPLE exclusively.
A source tells PEOPLE that Giudice took “some time to get herself together” and primp. She was seen in photos with a full face of makeup.
“Teresa was smiling when she emerged,” the source says. “She was wearing all black and looked happy.”
Guidice’s attorney, James J. Leonard, Jr., told reporters outside the family’s home that the star was “extremely upbeat” during the drive home, and they listened to Christmas music. She enjoyed a cappuccino as soon as she got in the car.
Upon her arrival, the source tells PEOPLE that “Joe was waiting for her in the driveway smiling, he looked like he was anxiously anticipating her arrival.”
The family then had a “very emotional, very private” reunion and that it was “something to see,” Leonard said.
Gia even took to social media to express her excitement over her mother’s return, writing, simply, “welcome back,” with a smiley face.
Well, I know I’d be happy if I was coming home from prison, a fresh capp in hand.ÃÂ And how “emotiona'” and “private” could this reunion REALLY be, what with the MEDIA? I mean, congrats to Teresa, but don’t get it twisted- she’s still a reality star and loves that sweet, sweet reality attention.