Gym, therapy, laundry.
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is stepping away from “Jersey Shore” for mental health reasons.
“After talking to the team at MTV, we have mutually agreed that I will step away from the show while I seek medical treatment for mental health issues that I’ve ignored for too long,” he wrote via his Instagram Stories.
“My number one goal now is facing my struggles head on,” he continued, adding, “this process will be difficult, but my #1 priority is to get healthy and be the best man and the best father I can for my daughter.”
It’s certainly been an eventful few months for Ortiz-Magro, 35, who made his announcement the same day it was revealed he’d dodged charges related to an April arrest for alleged domestic violence.
“We are very happy that after further investigation both the LA County District Attorney’s office and the LA City Attorney’s office determined that criminal charges were not warranted against Ronnie related to the incident that occurred in April,” his lawyers said in a statement issued to People Magazine. The charge had previously been downgraded from a felony to a potential misdemeanor.
Thursday’s statement was also the second time the reality TV star has mentioned mental health recently. Last week, he posted an unsourced quote to his Instagram Story that read “It’s okay to feel unstable. It’s okay to disassociate. It’s okay to hide from the world. It’s okay to need help. It’s okay to not be okay. Your mental illness is not a personal failure.”
Ortiz-Magro was arrested in April in Los Angeles and booked for domestic felony violence. He’s lucky that no charges are being filed, as he remains on a three-year probation related to a 2019 DV charge tied to his ex, Jen Harley, with whom he shares 3-year-old daughter Ariana.
“Ronnie and I are fine,” Ortiz-Magro’s current girlfriend, Saffire Matos, wrote via Instagram in April. “There is a lot of misleading information floating around out there. With anybody who reached out with concern I appreciate it with all my heart, but everything that’s being portrayed out there are not facts.”
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