Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is getting fist-pumps of approval from his Jersey Shore Family Vacation co-stars since parting ways with baby mama Jen Harley and “turning his life around.”
“We call it ’stable Ronnie,’” he continued. “It’s good to see a happy, funny Ronnie on TV because [he’s] tons of fun.”
Vinny Guadagnino echoed similar sentiments, calling Ronnie the “biggest highlight” of Season 4.
“I’m happy [that] he’s happy,” Vinny said. “That man has definitely turned his life around. And that’s the biggest highlight of this next season is Ronnie was, like, present and there. That man showed up. … We’ve seen Ronnie go through a lot of struggles.”
Many of Ronnie’s so-called “struggles” surrounded his tumultuous relationship with Jen, with whom he shares two-year-old daughter Ariana. The track record of the toxic twosome includes a head-to-head argument broadcast over Instagram Live in April 2018, an altercation while Ronnie was filming for MTV and an incident during the summer of 2018 in which Jen was arrested on charges of domestic violence for allegedly hitting and dragging Ronnie with her car.
Ronnie and Jen came to blows (literally) again in October 2018 when Ronnie alleged that Jen gave him a black eye and attempted to extort him, to which Jen responded by publicly calling Ronnie a drug addict. After a brief moment of peace and quiet, the two kicked off 2019 with Jen allegedly throwing an ashtray at Ronnie’s head, resulting in her May arrest on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence. (She was ultimately cleared of this charge in July.)
The final (thus far) showdown between Ronnie and Jen went down in October 2019 when Ronnie was arrested for kidnapping Ariana during an incident in which he also allegedly attacked Jen. In May, Ronnie reached a plea deal in the domestic battery case stemming from the October 2019 assault on Jen, avoiding jail time by agreeing to probation, community labor, a court-approved 52-week domestic violence program and making a $20,000 donation to a Los Angeles battery women’s shelter.
On Thursday’s season premiere of ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation,’ Ronnie talked about realizing that he and Jen were bad for each other.
“Vinny met her last night and he likes her already,” Ronnie said this week. “You know, she really does make me happy. She supports me. She loves me and that’s something I have always looked for. And I feel like that’s [some]thing that I have not gotten in return it’s [some]thing I’ve always given to other people.”
Season 4 of ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ premieres tonight, November 19, on MTV.
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