Set another place for Sunday dinner, because the Jersey Shore family is getting even bigger!
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino announced on Thursday night that he recently proposed to his college sweetheart, Lauren Pesce. The revelation came after Mike told his roommates that Lauren is “the one” during Thursday’s episode of Jersey Shore Family Vacation.
“I have always dreamed of proposing on ‘Jersey Shore, the show that introduced me to the world,” Mike told Us Weekly after the engagement announcement. “I’m currently living the dream and proposed to my college sweetheart, Lauren Pesce, amongst my best friends on the biggest reality show in the country. We are so proud and excited to share this chapter of our story with the world.”
According to Us Weekly, the proposal– which apparently took place in Miami on Valentine’s Day–will be shown during an upcoming episode of ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation.’
Mike proposed with a ring set in a rose gold and platinum setting. A 3-carat cushion-cut diamond sits in the center of the ring and is accented with pink diamonds. (“The Situation” reportedly spent around $65,000 on the ring.)
During Thursday’s episode of ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation,’ Mike revealed how grateful he is that Lauren, whom he first dated for three years before going on ‘Jersey Shore,’ has stuck by him through his addiction to prescription pills, a relapse and his recent legal issues. (He has pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges and is currently awaiting sentencing.)
In 2015, Mike and Lauren appeared on the fifth season of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, where Lauren struggled to stand by Mike through his addiction and legal issues. During the season, Mike explained why he went back to Lauren following his stint on ‘Jersey Shore.’
“Once ‘Jersey Shore’ ended [in 2012], I wanted something with substance, and the only thing I ever had with substance was her,” Mike said during the season. “She’s just the only girl who has ever known me before the fame, before the money, before the craziness.”
Earlier this month, Lauren expressed how proud she is of Mike for coming so far in his recovery.
“I’ve watched him work hard in silence for years, personally and professionally, without getting any recognition,” she wrote on Instagram. “He didn’t do it for anyone to notice, he did it to better himself, his life and to create a healthy and positive future for us as a family. I am so proud of you for all you’ve overcome & the incredible man you are today.”
Mike and Lauren have not yet revealed when they plan to get hitched; however, Mike did tell Us Weekly that the wedding planning process will be shown on ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ Season 2.
Watch Mike and Lauren talk about their relationship on ‘Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars’ back in 2015:
(Photos: Instagram, WEtv)