When MTV announced that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and the gang would be reuniting for their upcoming reboot series Jersey Shore Family Vacation, our hearts legit exploded from pure joy. While we can’t wait to see Snooks back on our small screens, we’re even more stoked over the fact that her family will be participating.
That’s right, cameras will follow Snooki, 30, her husband of three years, Jionni LaValle, and their two adorable children, Lorenzo, 5, and Giovanna, 3 — along with the rest of the Jersey Shore cast’s kids and significant others. In case you’re unfamiliar with Snooki’s handsome hubby, In Touch rounded up everything you need to know about 30-year-old Jionni.
How did Snooki and Jionni meet?
The East Hanover, NJ, native met Snooki in 2010 during a night out at infamous hotspot Karma, aka Seaside Heights’ fist-pumping headquarters. (Honestly, it doesn’t get more romantic than that.) A source previously told Us Weekly that it took a while for the leopard print-loving reality star to catch feelings for Jionni. "She wasn't sure about him at first," an insider said at the time. "She was hesitant because he isn't the typical gorilla. He's pretty quiet.”
Who did Snooki date before Jionni?
Right before she and Jionni struck up a romance, Snooki dated her opportunistic ex Emilio Masella. The Confessions of a Guidette author broke up with Emilio in April 2010 amid suspicions he was using her. “She is beyond furious at him,” a source told Radar Online at the time. “And she now believes that he was just using, and now abusing, her so he would get famous."
Was Jionni on Jersey Shore?
Yes, after they got serious, Jionni had no other choice but to get comfortable in front of an ever-present camera crew. "Jionni doesn’t like the cameras,” Snooki has said. “[But] in order to see me, he kind of has to suck it up."
When did Snooki and Jionni get married?
Snooki and Jionni tied the knot in a religious ceremony on Nov. 29, 2014 — and then celebrated their union with 500 guests during a lavish, Great Gatsby-themed reception. Snooki recently paid tribute to her man in an Instagram post celebrating their three-year anniversary. "Happy Anniversary to my Hunnie!!! You are my world & I love you forever!” she wrote. “Cannot wait to annoy you for another 70 years #hottie #MINE #MyItalianStllion"
What does Jionni do for a living?
Jionni is an lifelong entrepreneur. While he previously helmed an ATM business and a T-shirt company called NJ Fatman, he now runs his own Etsy shop called LaValle’s Man Cave. There, he sells merchandise with different sayings about his all-time favorite hobby: golf.
Where can you follow Jionni on social media?
Jersey Shore Family Vacation premieres on MTV in 2018.