“I stepped away from it to deal with my mental health, to be father to my child, be a fiancé to my woman, and you know, I’ll be back,” he said. “All the fans love me, and I love them too, so I’m gonna give them what they want, and I’ll see them soon.”
“After talking to the team at MTV, we have mutually agreed that I will step away from the show while I seek medical treatment for mental health issues that I’ve ignored for too long,” he wrote in a statement on his Instagram Story at the time.
One month later, Ronnie proposed to girlfriend Saffire Matos. “I love you,” he captioned a photo via Instagram showing off her gorgeous diamond ring on June 21. “Thank you for sticking by my side through thick and thin! Till death do us part! #SheSaidYes.”
“Ronnie has been taken this time to work on himself and his daughter,” the insider said about his romantic gesture over Father’s Day weekend. “For him, he felt like this right time. They’re both really happy for this next chapter. His health and happiness are what is most important.”
Ronnie and Saffire, 31, went public with their relationship on Instagram in October 2020, sharing their first photos as a couple from their tropical getaway to Dorado Reef in Puerto Rico, which he captioned, “BearCations.”
As for his current relationship with Jen, it seems like the tumultuous pair are in a better place.
“I’ve moved on. She lives her life, I live my life,” Ronnie told TMZ. “That’s basically what it comes down to.”
Previously, Jen told In Touch that the on-and-off pair “would just sweep things under the rug” but “wouldn’t ever go to therapy or get self-help or do anything like that,” she admitted. “So when we would fight, it would just blow up again and then that was our cycle.”
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation returned to MTV in June for the second half of season 4. Ronnie told TMZ he would “hopefully” be back at “the end of season five.”
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