It’s only been a few hours since Teresa Giudice and her husband  Joe both pled guilty to multiple counts of fraud, and the Real Housewives of New Jersey star has already broken her silence.

In a public statement, the 41-year-old mother of four opens up about her lengthy legal battle. Her words show both remorse for her actions and a deep pain for how her family’s legal battles are affecting their young children.

"Today, I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago," Teresa tells E! Online in a statement. "I have said throughout that I respect the legal process and thus I intend to address the court directly at sentencing. I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions, and express my remorse to Judge Salas and the public."

She immediate turns to the subject of her four young daughters: Gia, 13, Gabriella, 9, Milania, 8, and Audriana, 4. "I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family — especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world,” Teresa says.

As a result of the guilty plea, Joe will likely spend three to four years in prison; Teresa less than two. "Beyond this, I do not intend to speak specifically about the case outside of court, at the recommendation of my attorney and out of deference to the government and our legal system."

Source: E! Online