February, 2018 -
We've got a romantic situation on our hands!
E! News has learned Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his longtime girlfriend Lauren Pesce are engaged.
Lauren confirmed the news on Instagram with the caption "current situation" and an engagement ring emoji.
Mike added, "GYM TAN WE'RE ENGAGED!! THE FUTURE MR & MRS SITUATION."
"I'm currently living the dream and proposed to my college sweetheart, Lauren Pesce, amongst my best friends on the biggest reality show in the country," the reality star shared with Us Weekly who first broke the news. "We are so proud and excited to share this chapter of our story with the world."
In tonight's all-new episode of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, viewers watched Mike reveal his plans to pop the question to his ladylove.
As we know now, it's happening in a future episode very soon!
The couple first met while in college and started dating long before Jersey Shore even began. While they called things off before the show started filming, the pair was able to reconcile when the show wrapped in 2012. They have been together ever since and have documented their love story on social media.
"I've watched him work hard in silence for years, personally and professionally, without getting any recognition. He didn't do it for anyone to notice, he did it to better himself, his life and to create a healthy and positive future for us as a family," Lauren recently shared on Instagram. "I am so proud of you for all you've overcome & the incredible man you are today. You inspire me everyday to be my best and I'm over the moon and filled with emotion that the world is finally able to see your true self at your core. May God continue to bless you, our family, friends & fans forever! Feeling lots of love today!"
Sorrentino proposed while his college sweetheart was visiting Miami, the reality star told Us, explaining he always wanted to do it on the show. “Once we got the chance to do Family Vacation, I approached the executive producers and I let them know, ‘Listen I really want to do this. This show is really special to me. This is the show that introduced me to the world,’” he said. “It was really special for me to do this, to get down on one knee on Jersey Shore.”
However, he had help planning the big moment. “His friends from Jersey Shore are like siblings to him. They’re so close, so supportive and they each had a role in planning the engagement while I was down there and I had no idea they’d be so involved in that,” Pesce, 32, said. “It was really special and it really meant a lot to both of us that they wanted to be involved and put so much effort into wanting to make it perfect.”
The couple headed to Pier Village in Long Branch, New Jersey, as well as Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant for their engagement shoot on Thursday, April 26.
I Do, I Always Have
While the couple, who met in college in 2009, have been talking about getting engaged for years, Pesce was still surprised when Sorrentino, 35, popped the question on Valentine’s Day in Miami. “I had no idea what I was getting into when I was heading down to Miami to visit them,” she told Us.
The Perfect Ring
Pesce had already picked out the ring she loved – a 3-carat cushion cut diamond, set in an 18-karat rose gold and platinum setting, accented with pink diamonds, worth around $65,000. “I had explained to producers that I needed to get this ring, if I needed to get something right, it needed to be this ring,” the reality star said, laughing. His fiancée added: “He made my dreams come true with the ring. I’m a type-A, picky person. I know exactly what I like when I see it. I had high expectations for when this happened and he went above and beyond my expectations. He really impressed me with all of it.”
Congratulations to the couple on their big news!