In between “Jersey Shore” season 6, the announcement that the show was ending, a stint on “Celebrity Big Brother,” a trip to rehab, and now the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it is the understatement of the the year to say that this has been an eventful past twelve months for Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. However, it also sounds like it is the sort of year that he is going to cherish long after the popularity of the MTV series dies down and the tabloid headlines cool off.
Speaking to Us Weekly in what is a mostly-funny interview with the rest of the show’s cast members (minus Deena Cortese, who was right in the middle of Sandy devastation and is still recovering), Mike shows a great deal of perspective as he explains just how much he has changed as a person, and how happy that he is overall versus the guy that he was at this point in 2011:
“It’s been the best year of my life this year, between work being so busy, getting my friends back…I really cherish it … The biggest lesson learned is to always have hope, and not to give up, because it gets better every day.”
In addition to sharing these comments, you can also see a change in Mike just in the fact that he and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi actually sat down in the same room together for this interview, and did not start to scream at each other as a result. These two had a series of nasty fights back in seasons 4 and 5, but have since at least managed to bury the hatchet well enough to do a publicity tour without it getting nasty.
Are you proud of Mike over everything that he has made it through in the past year?