Jionni LaValle, depending on how you look at it, has either hit the jackpot or forever tied himself to a lifetime of D-list celebrity and a life that will forever be more reality TV than real.
So who is this guy whose name is suddenly all over the place?
He’s the lucky man who fathered “Jersey Shore” star’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s improbable baby and, for better or for worse, is engaged to marry the self-proclaimed meatball. Or, you know, so we’re told. We’re reasonably sure Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and his pal The Unit will try to plant a seed of doubt about the paternity.
We know he doesn’t like Snooks showing her kooka to clubgoers in Florence, but he’s also a wrestling coach for little kids and studying to get his teaching certificate — just like his two older brothers, according to ABC News.
According to Snooki herself, Jionni’s also not a typical juicehead gorilla (meaning that his life doesn’t revolve around GTL, we guess — though he seems to have clear juicehead tendencies).
Snooks also claims Jionni is not interested in celebrities and the spotlight, saying he once freaked out when he saw a picture of himself with her in a magazine. And, true to character, he sat out the shoot for Snooki’s new Us Magazine cover.
Most importantly, he shares Snooki’s love of pickles. In October 2010, Snooki tweeted, “Omg my boyfriend made me a pickle pancake…yeahhhh he’s amazing! If you love pickles like I do, pickles are good with anything. Let me liveeeE! :)”