Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice is unquestionably going through a tough time at the moment, as she and husband Joe Giudice deal with their ongoing legal drama. But she is taking the time to express her gratitude for the support of her fans. 

On March 4, Teresa and Joe pleaded guilty to several fraud charges. They still await sentencing, but both could potentially get jail time, although Teresa might just get probation

Now, Teresa is thanking her fans for their positive messages. "Thank you all for your love and support of my family and my kids," Teresa tweeted on March 6. "You know how much they mean to me. I am keeping them protected and private. xx"

It's very sweet that Teresa is reaching out to her fans. Indeed, she has also been retweeting lots of positive messages from fans. 

Teresa's comment here about keeping her kids "protected and private" appears to refer to the rumor circulating about Teresa having informed her kids of her guilty plea while Bravo's cameras were rolling. Teresa had previously debunked that rumor by saying that the moment in which she talked to her kids about it was indeed private. 

We wish Teresa and her family all the best during this very difficult time.

Are you surprised that Teresa is so appreciative of her fans' support? And do you think she'll get jail time?

Source: Teresa on Twitter