Off the market! Jersey Shore: Family Vacation alum Ronnie Ortiz-Magro took his relationship with Saffire Matos to the next level by proposing to her on the beach in June 2021.

The original cast member, 36, who appeared on seasons 1 through 6, posted a photo captured from the moments after he popped the question in Santa Monica, California.

“I love you,” Ronnie wrote while sharing the big news via Instagram. “Thank you for sticking by my side through thick and thin! Til death do us part!” 

However, his proposal didn’t come without a few bumps along the way. In April, Ronnie was arrested for an alleged domestic violence dispute and was released on a $100,000 bond. At the time, Saffire, 31, released a statement clarifying rumors.

“There is a lot of misleading information floating around out there,” she explained. “With anybody who reached out with concern I appreciate it with all my heart, but everything that’s being portrayed out there are not facts.”

Then, in November, a source exclusively told In Touch the couple were “on the rocks,” but it appears they’re back on good terms. “They get into fights just like normal couples would but sometimes their fights get really bad, which leads to them separating and spending time apart.” By December, Ronnie proudly showed off his leading lady and her (huge) engagement ring on social media.

Ronnie Engaged
Courtesy Ronnie Ortiz-Magro/Instagram

Saffire is based in New York City and works as a professional eyelash technician. She touts herself as the “queen of wispy, cat-eye” lashes. 

Needless to say, Ron is smitten with his love. “You can’t force happiness,” he previously captioned a photo that showed Saffire with her legs wrapped around his waist as they soaked up the sun. “When you know it’s real, you realize it eventually chooses you,” he continued with a hashtag that read, “Happiness is a gift.”

Interestingly enough, Ronnie went Instagram official with Saffire on the same day ex Jen Harley shared steamy photos with her then-boyfriend, Joe, during her birthday celebration in Miami. Ronnie didn’t shy away from shading his ex in the comment section of his happy relationship photos.

The former MTV star responded with a flex emoji to a fan who said Jen “ruined her chances of anyone ever wanting to be with her long-term” because of “how she acted with Ron.”

Previously, Jen told In Touch that she and the Bronx native had a difficult time breaking their “toxic cycle” before ending things for good. These days, she’s simply interested in “peacefully” coparenting their 3-year-old daughter, Ariana.

Ronnie and Saffire
Courtesy Ronnie Ortiz-Magro/Instagram

“Our problem was we knew what was bothering us. Our underlying thing was cheating, but we would never do anything [about it],” she explained about her and Ronnie’s on-and-off romance. “We would just sweep things under the rug, but we wouldn’t ever go to therapy or get self-help or do anything like that. So when we would fight, it would just blow up again and then that was our cycle.”

The real estate agent added, “[I want someone] who wants to be a husband, who wants to be in a relationship with someone that just helps build each other up and just build a life with somebody. I don’t want to live my life like, ‘Oh, I’m doing this for me and he’s doing it for him.’ I want to be with somebody who wants to be a team and do it together.”

Ronnie and his bride-to-be went Instagram official in October 2020 with photos from their swimsuit-clad vacation to Puerto Rico. They have not yet announced a wedding date.

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