When Jersey Shore Family Vacation star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro appears on the third season, he may be a very different version of the guy we’ve seen in the past.
In a new interview with Us Weekly, the reality star confirmed that he recently checked out of a Florida treatment center after a month-long stay in order to take on issues related to alcohol abuse and depression. He explains that his decision to enter stemmed from him wanting to be there for his daughter and to be a better person overall:
“I decided to go to treatment because I wanted to be a better person, a better father for my daughter … 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.”
Ronnie also admitted that while he is doing better, he does also recognize at the moment that he is far from being out of the woods:
“I think it’s a chronic disease. It’s a progressive disease. I’m still struggling … I’m gonna struggle for the rest of my life. It’s a monkey that’s on your back, and it’s never gonna get off. It pops its head in, it eats the banana in front of you, it’s just like, ‘Alright, what do you wanna do today?'”
There is no mention in the interview of Ronnie’s relationship status with Jen Harley, who has been featured over the past two seasons of Family Vacation. The two have been on-again, off-again for some time and also have been the subject of a number of less-than-positive headlines.
When will Jersey Shore Family Vacation season 3 air?
At the moment, there is no time-frame, and understandably so given that so many of the cast members are off doing a wide array of different things. Deena Cortese just became a mom, Snooki is pregnant again, and as discussed recently, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is in prison. There is no super-clear timetable as to when some things are going to turn around and the show will be back in action … at least at the moment. For now, at least take solace in the fact that the show is coming back eventually — there is a lot of fascinating stuff that still could be coming up, and we’ll have some more updates the moment there are some.
What do you think about the decision by Ronnie to attend rehab and try to get better following some of his well-noted problems? Be sure to share right now in the comments. (Photo: MTV.)