From Housewife to the Big House and Back Again: Teresa Giudice's Emotional Journey

The new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo, beginning with Giudice's return from prison. Here's a look back at her whirlwind journey – and what to expect this season


"Teresa and I have a roller coaster friendship," Laurita told PEOPLE. "It's a love/hate relationship. Not all people will understand it." Laurita is returning to season 7 after taking a break from the show, and this time she's all about "trying to figure out who's sincere and who's genuine – I'm all about real relationships, I'm not about TV friends." As for her relationship with Giudice, it truly does seem to be love/hate. "I've been friends with Teresa for 13 years, so there are definitely things that I love about her or I never would have been friends with her that long ... but there are also things that frustrate the crap out of me," Laurita admitted. She also told PEOPLE that prison didn't seem to change her pal. "People don't change who they are overnight. You might want to change and you might try to change but you are who you are, and Teresa's Teresa!"