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As MTV gears up for the premiere of Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 3 later this year, one of its stars has come forward with a fairly surprising announcement. Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, who has been a major source of the revival's drama both on and off screen, said he spent a month in a rehab center earlier this year. Here, he talked about his reasoning, and went into how his problem with alcohol developed.
I decided to go to treatment because I wanted to be a better person, a better father for my daughter. . . . I would drink, and then I wouldn't drink. I would work out and get healthy while we were filming or traveling, and then all of a sudden, you start up again, and it's worse than when you stopped. And you're just like, 'Wow, I thought I had this under control,' but at the end of the day, it has full control over you.
Ronnie receiving treatment for his drinking may impact Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 3 in a big way, considering Ronnie had become the biggest partier of the bunch. His "Ron Ron Juice" concoction has led to many nights of spiraling, going back to the flagship series, and the cocktail also influenced a handful of decisions that may have led him to get help.
Now, he's hopping back on the show fresh out of treatment, and is possibly going into situations where drinking and partying may further tempt him. Will Ronnie be able to resist the urge to drink, or will Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 3 get him off the wagon?
Cast members like The Situation managed to maintain their sobriety on the series, despite the show's various temptations. However, Ronnie has a track record of overabundantly giving into vices he shouldn't indulge in. Suffice to say, maintaining sobriety may be a bigger struggle for him than others.
The great news overall is that Ronnie Ortiz-Magro told US Weekly he has a good reason for getting sober and staying that way: his family. Now that his priorities are now clear and he can see what's at stake, the Jersey Shore Family Vacation star has a shot at overcoming his struggles and remaining non-intoxicated now and into the future. In his words:
Eventually, all the bad decisions I was making were going to lead me to places that I didn’t want to be. I wanted to be led to the place that I am now – that’s happy, healthy and the best role model for my daughter.
One thing Ronnie didn't mention during his recent interview was the mother of his daughter, Jen Harley. The couple's rough and tumble relationship made headlines more than a few times, and it's worth noting that Ronnie's rehab stint started in mid-January, not long after another high profile fight between the two was circulated around the web. Has their relationship already strengthened since he exited treatment February 10, or have things changed between them?
Those answers and more are bound to be brought up during Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 3, which is due out on MTV before the end of 2019. Keep tabs on all television coming out in the meantime by visiting and bookmarking our midseason premiere guide.