Perhaps the biggest star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa Giudice, is officially incarcerated as a federal inmate at Danbury Prison.

Teresa Giudice

Teresa Giudice

Surrendering to the facility a little after 3am, her attorney confirmed the news and it has been revealed that husband Joe Giudice did not escort her to the prison.

A source shared with "These last few months have been so hard for Teresa. She has spent every second with her girls. She is heartbroken over leaving them. She is an incedible mom and so hands on. She is nervous and depressed about going Monday. She is extremely strong when she is with her kids. She doesn't want them to carry any of this burden. But, once they are in bed she is a sobbing mess. Her girls are her life. The thought of being away from them is too much."

Going on to discuss her Gorga family, the source continued: "Teresa hasn't seen her brother or Melissa to date. They did not see each other during the holiday season. Teresa has completely shut them out. She is not leaning on Joey or Melissa at all! She only wants her husband caring for the girls. She has a lot of support and help but, needs Joe to become the primary parent now so the children can cope better. Teresa is also worried about her dad."

The source added that: "She is human. She is scared. She is depressed. She cries. She is going to miss her girls beyond words. It's such a sad day in their family. 4 innocent and beautiful little girls have to suffer the wrath of all this."

Teresa's eldest daughter Gia Giudice tweeted a message before her mother's surrender, stating that she couldn't sleep alongside two emojis of a nervous face and a gun.

The reality star is to serve a 15 month sentence in Danbury, and upon her return home will say goodbye to her husband, who's set to serve his own 41 month sentence, facing possible deportation when he is released.

In a statement to NJ Advance Media, Teresa's lawyer added that she is a "very strong woman" who "won't have any problems in there".

Her early surrender was negotiated with prison officials.

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