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 wish she was taking her hubby Jionni LaValle with her!
That’s right, cameras will follow Snooki, 30, her husband of three years, won't be joining his wife on TV, even though the rest of the Jersey Shore cast is bringing their 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.
Why won't Jionni be on Family Vacation?
When fans learned that Jionni wouldn't be on the spinoff, they speculated that they were having marital issues. Luckily he took to Instagram in January to set the record straight. "My wife is filming a scene packing up and leaving for her new show and I AM CHOOSING TO NOT be on TV because I simply DO NOT like it," he said. "Nicole and I are doing great and became even stronger together while raising our beautiful kids. HOWEVER you will not see me on her reality show. Being a reality star was never something I wanted to be when I grew up. I own my own business and work hard at it, that's what I do. MY wife is a reality star and works hard at that, that's what she does. We ARE not divorced."
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." Apparently she's changed that rule!
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 on April 5.