‘I’ll be back’: Jersey Shore star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro says he is ready to return to the show after stepping away to deal with mental health issues
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro said he is ready to return to Jersey Shore: Family Reunion after stepping away several months ago to deal with his mental health issues.
The 35-year-old told TMZ that he has made great progress with his mental health, and he has even stopped drinking.
‘I feel great. Four months sober, I quit drinking. Got engaged, full-time father, you know, living a good life,’ the television personality said.
Ready to return: Ronnie Ortiz-Magro said he’s ready to come back to Jersey Shore: Family Reunion after stepping away a few months ago to deal with mental health issues
The whole cast: Jersey Shore: Family Vacation is currently in its fourth season with plans for a fifth
He added, ‘I stepped away [from Jersey Shore] to deal with my mental health, be a father to my child, be a fiancé to my woman. I’ll be back and, you know, 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.’
Ortiz-Magro has also stayed in touch with the producers of the show during his leave of absence, and he hopes to return to the show by the end of season 5. Jersey Shore: Family Vacation returned for its fourth season in June.
Ortiz-Magro announced his intention to take some time off the month before.
‘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 on his Instagram Story.
The show’s season 4 finale is set for Thursday, September 2.
Returning soon: Ronnie, seen here in 2018, said he may return as early as next season to Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
Happily ever after: Ortiz-magro and his girlfriend Saffire Matos, seen here, got engaged in June just one month after he was arrested for a domestic violence incident dealing with her
During his time off, the star got engaged to his girlfriend, Saffire Matos. An insider told PEOPLE that the the couple had a private picnic before he popped the question.
The Bronx native also has a daughter, Ariana, with his ex-girlfriend Jen Harley. The pair broke up weeks after the baby was born. The two then struck up an on-again, off-again relationship until the Jersey Shore veteran was arrested on charges of domestic violence after an altercation with Harley.
Despite parting ways with Harley, Ortiz-Magro faced similar charges of domestic violence in April of this year. The star avoided felony charges because the police did not have sufficient evidence, sources told TMZ.
Not his first arrest: Ortiz-Magro was arrested in May for the second time for a domestic violence incident, violating his parole
Matos called the police on her then boyfriend after he got physical with her following an argument. He was on probation for the domestic violence incident with his ex at the time.
Despite her call to the police, Ortiz-Magro’s fiancé posted to her social media at the time and said the facts of the incident were being distorted.
‘Ronnie and I are fine there is a lot misleading information floating around out there,’ she said. ‘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.
‘I don’t think it’s fair that people are using false accusations to gain attention. Please leave Ron and I alone. You don’t know what someone is going through at the end of the day. Don’t believe everything you hear or read online.’
Avoided felony charges: The star, seen here in 2019, avoided felony charges because the police did not have sufficient evidence, sources told TMZ