There are lots of quotes from the piece mostly painting Teresa as “exploited” and “confused” by the severity of her situation. Some would say she’s in denial. Moreover, some say she has been coached to appear sympathetic. A source reveals, “She was like a puppet. She was not a good interview and kept saying the same thing. Andy kept pushing but she had her lawyer there coaching her off to the side and gave nothing new away.”
Asked by Andy how she got in this mess, she admitted “I do need to read things [and] understand things before I sign them. I’m a trustworthy person and sometimes I take what other people say … I can’t do that anymore.” She thought a plea deal might mean she could escape jail, “I thought my lawyer was going to fight for me. That’s what lawyers do. That’s pretty much why you hire an attorney…. I was shocked. Believe me, whatever I needed to do I would do.” Joe added, “I expected me — I didn’t expect her.”
Although she understands some of the consequences of her actions, “I am scared … not being there for my daughters. I can’t even imagine not being there. I’m their mom. They need their mom. It’s not the same with a father. A mom is a mom.”
She also reveals how her family took the news, “My mom started crying. I was like, ‘Mom, don’t cry; be strong for me.’ She couldn’t believe it. She said, ‘You’ve always been a good kid.’ My heart was breaking seeing her be upset. … I saw [oldest daughter] Gia; she was crying. We hugged for long time. … She said, ‘Mommy, don’t worry, I’ll help Daddy with the girls. That will make me a better mom; that will prepare me for when I’m a mom.’” The other kids don’t know yet.
Some outlets claim Bravo paid the couple $325,000 for the interview. Bravo denies the number.