After dating since the MTV show's inception, the on-again, off-again pair have split for good, he tells PEOPLE

By Haiwen Lu
Updated December 02, 2020 01:02 AM
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After a tumultuous five-year romance, which played out on MTV’s smash hit reality show Jersey Shore, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, 28, and Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, 27, have called it quits for good, he tells PEOPLE.

“We were drifting apart and not really spending any time together,” Magro told PEOPLE at the premiere of former costar Jenni “JWoww” Farley’s new film, Jersey Shore Massacre, out Aug. 22.

After splitting and rekindling their romance several times on the show, the couple finally parted ways two months ago, he says.

“I still care about her,” he said, adding that he’s not ready to date again. “She’s a great girl, but we were growing distant. It was for the best.”

For now, Magro says, he’s getting practice for his own future family playing uncle to JWoww’s 5-week-old daughter Meilani, with her fiancé Roger Mathews.

Adds Magro: “She’s really squirmy and looks just like Roger!”

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