The Jersey Shore’s Mike Sorrentino Has Revealed How A Whole New Situation Has Taken Over His Life

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is one of the biggest reality TV stars of the past two decades. He’s best known for his debauched days on Jersey Shore, of course, and has also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing With The Stars. Recently, though, the 38-year-old announced to fans that his life is about to be turned upside down. He and his wife Lauren have an entirely new situation to deal with, people.

Sorrentino and Lauren Pesce’s relationship goes back a long way. They were together for several years while at college but then separated prior to Sorrentino being cast in Jersey Shore. Style blogger Pesce told Us Weekly in 2015, “We had gone our separate ways, but we parted on good terms and always kept in touch.”

“I went into the work world and he went into fitness modelling and then Jersey Shore,” Pesce continued. “I was nothing but happy for him. We were on our own different paths in life.” When the show aired during its original three-year run, Sorrentino developed a reputation as a hard-partying ladies’ man, which his ex-girlfriend didn’t really care for.

“I definitely didn’t follow some of the crazy stuff going on in Jersey Shore,” Pesce confessed. “I didn’t like a lot of the things he did, but we weren’t together. I was just glad he had found success.” It was as if the couple were meant to be, though, as they reconnected not long after the series went off the air.

The reunited pair picked up where they’d left off and have been inseparable ever since, even through some serious trials and tribulations. For one thing, Sorrentino’s fame was sometimes a struggle to deal with. “We’ve been through a lot of things,” he told Us Weekly. “One minute you’re going to get breakfast and then you look down and you’re on the cover of The Post.”

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Considering how his “The Situation” persona captured the imagination of the public and catapulted him to fame, it’s no wonder Sorrentino was on the cover of magazines. Many of the show’s most famous moments featured him, after all. For example, he was a key player in the development of one of the series’ key catchphrases: “G.T.L,” which means “Gym. Tan. Laundry.”

The Situation and his roommates Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio, Vinny Guadagnino and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro loved two things most in life: working out and looking fresh. The goal of both, obviously, was to attract women when they hit the nightlife of the Jersey Shore. A lot of the show dealt with Sorrentino and the guys amusingly going through their rituals ahead of a big night out.

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On another note, one of Jersey Shore’s most infamous moments featured a drunken and furious Sorrentino nearly getting into a physical fight with Ortiz-Magro. Unfortunately for The Situation, his anger caused him to head-butt a wall before they’d even exchanged punches. This strained his neck and left him concussed.

It wasn’t all partying and alcohol-fueled scraps for The Situation, though. He also cooked for the house regularly when they all sat down for their traditional Sunday get-togethers. Sorrentino was also a keen prankster and his crowning achievement came when he dispatched an unsuspecting Deena Cortese and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi on a “surprise trip” to Times Square. The poor girls thought they were going on a taxi ride to Point Pleasant Beach.

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Unfortunately, though, the partying on the show may have been a gateway to Sorrentino battling addiction over the years. He’s now been on the straight and narrow since 2016, and Pesce has been at his side through everything. In 2018 he told TooFab, “She always challenged me in any decision that she thought was not the right decision or unhealthy for me.”

“And no matter how stubborn I was, she stood her ground throughout the years,” revealed Sorrentino. “Even when I was half-a**ing my recovery and I got half-a**ed results. Until recently, when I put all hands on deck and I got great results. She was there every step of the way and she believed that I would one day grow into the man that I am today.”

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“Lauren is my better half and makes me be the best version of myself,” Sorrentino gushed. “And I feel like us as a team, we can handle anything that comes our way.” For Pesce, the Sorrentino she agreed to marry in 2018 is the same man she fell for all those years ago.

“He’s not only that version of himself, he’s even more mature and responsible,” a delighted Pesce told TooFab. “He’s found his purpose in life with giving back and helping others with recovery. We’re just in a really healthy space in our relationship after we’ve gone through a lot over the years.”

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This new, improved version of Sorrentino was the man who returned to our screens in 2018, when Jersey Shore: Family Vacation debuted. It captured the gang at an interesting stage in their lives, as most of them had settled down and were now married with kids. The fun of the show was watching how the supposedly mature group would all get along over the course of a few weeks in Florida.

Family Vacation was many viewers’ first glimpse of the cast as parents. For instance, Polizzi has three children with her partner Jionni LaValle: Lorenzo, eight, Giovanna, six, and one-year-old Angelo. And her fulfilling family life was a huge factor in Polizzi’s tough decision to quit the show in December, 2019.

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“I just can’t do it anymore,” Polizzi explained on her podcast It’s Happening With Snooki and Joey. “Like, literally, leaving my kids to film it is really, really hard on me. I try and quit every single day. The poor producers are like, ‘Dude, are you going to quit this time?’ I quit every single time we film because I just hate being away from the kids.”

“I don’t like partying, like, three days in a row,” Polizzi continued. “It’s just not my life anymore. And I want to be home with the kids. I don’t mind a here or there going to a dinner or whatever, but it’s just really hard for me to leave the kids and film the show.”

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Polizzi’s regular on-screen partner-in-crime Jenni “JWoww” Farley also has a family. She and ex-husband Roger Mathews share two kids: six-year-old Meilani and four-year-old Greyson. In 2018 Farley revealed that Greyson is autistic and was only just beginning to talk thanks to counseling sessions.

“He’s understanding words better, which was his issue,” Farley told the Hollywood Life website. “Not that he couldn’t speak, but he would never know what his shoe is or if you said, ‘Greyson,’ he actually didn’t even know his name at one point until he was a little over two. So now that he’s understanding simple words, he’s come so far.”

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Fast-forward a couple of years, though, and Farley was able to post an inspirational video of Greyson reading. At the beginning of December 2020 the clip hit Instagram along with the caption, “Greyson Mathews keeps crushing it! I cry every time I watch this.” The heart-warming footage showed the little boy reading four cards to make the sentence, “My mom is fun.”

One Jersey Shore cast member who doesn’t share anything about his child on social media is Delvecchio. He has a daughter named Amabella, seven, whom he’s devoted to. Despite not being in a relationship with Amabella’s mother Amanda Markert, Delvecchio is still a huge part of his daughter’s life.

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Speaking to In Touch Weekly in 2020, Delvecchio confessed that Amabella has become a keen prankster, just like he’d been known to be on Jersey Shore. “She hides everyone’s phones. She hides everyone’s things,” he said. “You know, she’s funny. She is. She makes me laugh. She’s like me, she’s a little prank war champion.”

“She runs around yelling like I do,” an amused Delvecchio added. “She’s so loud. Am I that loud?” He then revealed that he games with Amabella in his home arcade, though her favorite game is a tad inappropriate for seven-year-olds. He explained that his arcade is “sorta kid-friendly – basketball and air hockey – but instead of wanting to play that, she wants to play Mortal Kombat.”

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Cortese, who first appeared on the show during its third season, is also married and has a young child. In January, 2020 she posted a picture on Instagram with her husband Christopher Buckner and infant son CJ. After some fans derided the couple because CJ wasn’t wearing shoes in the photograph, Cortese explained their reasoning.

“Please, before messaging me, telling me what I should do or asking and making comments about why he’s not wearing shoes, maybe ask if I’ve already looked into what you see could be wrong,” Cortese wrote on Instagram. “Because more than likely I have.” She then revealed that CJ suffers from metatarsus adductus, a condition that causes sections of the foot to turn inwards.

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“He’s had it since he was born,” Cortese wrote, “but we noticed it at 10 months when he started walking. The doctor says it’s common and we’ve been on top of it. Unfortunately, his right foot has an extreme case and he literally cannot get a shoe on. That is why CJ isn’t in shoes and just socks and booties.” The little tyke, she added, “will be getting night braces to correct it.”

Sorrentino and Pesce would then make a momentous announcement to the world in November 2020: a new Jersey Shore baby would be arriving. They posted a gallery of photos on Sorrentino’s Instagram page along with the caption: “We have a baby situation.” The photos showed the couple in their kitchen, admiring a flour display on a counter.

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Inscribed in the flour were the words: “Baby Sorrentino May 2021.” And the second photo in the gallery also included three sonogram pictures. Pesce shared her joy when she wrote, “Our biggest blessing is on its way,” and it wasn’t long before messages began pouring in from Sorrentino’s co-stars.

“So excited for you both! Love you guys so much,” Cortese wrote. “Soooo excited for you guys! You deserve all the happiness in the world!” Cortese has a baby boy due as well in May 2021, which she alluded to by writing, “Pregnancy buddies.” She’d already revealed her big news at the end of October.

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“Love you both, soo soo excited for you,” wrote Polizzi. “Sooo happy for you, my mawma! Always here for you!” Polizzi then signed off her message with a trademark piece of ironic humor. She added, “Call me when your nipples grow the size of a small plate.” Classic Snooki.

“Oh my Goddddd, I am so happy!” Farley wrote, while Ortiz-Magro responded with a simple “Amazing!” along with a host of flex emojis. DelVecchio replied, “Now that’s a situation, my dude!” while Guadagnino also decided to go the funny route. He wrote, “Errrhhhhh meerrrrr gerrrrrddddd!” It’s clear everyone was hugely excited for Daddy Situation.

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Sorrentino and Pesce then announced the gender of their upcoming bundle of joy on December 8. In a post to his Instagram page, Sorrentino shared a photo gallery of him and Pesce standing beside a Christmas tree with blue lights. He captioned the pic with “Gym Tan We’re having a Baby Boy,” delighting fans with the nod to his best-known catchphrase.

The couple later went into more detail on their new “Baby Situation” Instagram page. They explained that Covid-19 impacted the nature of their reveal. The caption read: “It’s official – I’m a baby boy! My parents were waiting to see if they could host my first party for the reveal but because of the C word, they decided to be safe, most especially for me, and host it virtually!”

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The caption, which came along with a gallery of photos around the Christmas tree, continued: “Please share all your baby boy advice and favorite places to shop for cute baby clothes as my mama cannot wait to shop for me! Mama and daddy are thrilled, and mama is about to start full on nursery planning! See you guys next week.”

The happiness felt by Sorrentino and Pesce is a far cry from how they felt in late 2019 when their first attempt at starting a family suffered a traumatic setback. In November, Pesce appeared on Good Morning America and revealed the awful story. She said that the couple had been able to conceive, but she’d later lost the baby.

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“When I found out we were pregnant I felt like this is why we went through all these challenges for years and that this was our time and it was our blessing,” said Pesce. “It was hard. It was really difficult.” She knew that she didn’t want to keep their trauma bottled up, though, as Pesce felt it was important to speak out for others in the same situation.

“I didn’t want to hold this in,” Pesce explained. “I wanted to share it for other people going through it and just be honest, so I can kind of heal through the process.” Host Sara Haines praised Pesce for being so open, saying, “I think what you’re doing is so important. Good things will come, but it helps to have someone say in your darkest time, ‘don’t worry, you’re not alone’ and somebody is hearing that today.”

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Sorrentino and Pesce also know they aren’t alone in their upcoming parental journey. His co-stars have already dished out some expert parenting guidance to Newsweek. Polizzi wrote in an email: “It’s normal to be nervous and terrified! There’s no such thing as a perfect parent, so don’t stress.”

“Everything will come naturally, and knowing them, they are going to be the most loving parents ever,” Polizzi concluded. Next, Cortese told Newsweek, “Go with your gut, no matter what others say. You’re the little one’s parents and you know what’s best for him. Some days will be hard but don’t ever doubt yourself. Every parent has gone through it.”

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“With every hard day there’s one million great days,” Cortese added. “You and Lauren are going to be such amazing parents.” Farley then issued an amusing warning when she wrote, “Get all the sleep you can now because once Baby Situation comes, you won’t sleep for the next 25 years. Cherish every moment because they grow up so fast.” Wise words.

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