‘I’ll be back’: Jersey Shore star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro says he’s ready to return to the show after leaving to deal with mental health issues
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro said he is ready to return to Jersey Shore: Family Reunion after leaving several months ago to deal with his mental health concerns.
The 35-year-old told TMZ that he has made great progress with his mental health and that he has even stopped drinking.
‘I feel amazing. Four months sober, I stopped drinking. Engaged, full-time dad, 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 leaving a few months ago to deal with mental health issues
The entire 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, to be a father to my child, to be a betrothed to my wife. I’ll be back and, you know, all the fans love me and I love them too, so I’m going to give them what they want and I’ll see them soon.”
Ortiz-Magro has also kept in touch with the show’s producers while on leave, 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 a break a month earlier.
“After speaking with the team at MTV, we mutually agree that I will leave the show while I seek medical treatment for mental health issues that I have ignored for too long,” he wrote on his Instagram story.
The Season 4 finale is scheduled for Thursday, September 2.
Coming Soon: Ronnie, seen here in 2018, said he may be returning to Jersey Shore: Family Vacation as early as next season
Happily Ever After: Ortiz-magro and his girlfriend Saffire Matos, seen here, got engaged in June, just a month after he was arrested for a domestic violence incident involving her
During his spare time, the star got engaged to his girlfriend, Saffire Matos. An insider told PEOPLE that the couple had a private picnic before asking the question.
The Bronx native also has a daughter, Ariana, with his ex-girlfriend Jen Harley. The couple broke up weeks after the baby was born. The two then began an on-again, off-again relationship until the Jersey Shore veteran was arrested on domestic violence charges after an altercation with Harley.
Despite parting with Harley, Ortiz-Magro faced similar allegations of domestic violence in April this year. The star avoided felony charges because police lacked sufficient evidence, sources said TMZ.
Not his first arrest: Ortiz-Magro was arrested a second time in May for a domestic violence incident, violating his parole
Matos called the police on her then-boyfriend after he got physical with her after an argument. He was on probation at the time for the domestic violence incident with his ex.
Despite her call to the police, Ortiz-Magro’s fiancée posted on her social media at the time, saying that the facts of the incident were being distorted.
“Ronnie and I are doing well, there is a lot of misleading information circulating,” she said. “I appreciate it with all my heart, but anything portrayed there is not fact.
“I don’t think it’s fair that people use false accusations to get attention. Please leave Ron and me 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.’
Misdemeanor charges avoided: The star, seen here in 2019, avoided felony charges because police lacked sufficient evidence, sources told TMZ