The Jersey Shore star filed for divorce from Roger Mathews in September after almost three years of marriage

By Aurelie Corinthios
April 26, 2019 10:12 AM
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Jenni “JWoww” Farley‘s boyfriend has been revealed.

PEOPLE can confirm that the Jersey Shore star is dating 24-year-old wrestler Zack Clayton Carpinello amid her divorce from husband Roger Mathews. In Touch was the first to report the news.

Farley had been teasing her budding relationship on social media for the last month. Last week, she posted a video of herself riding in a car with her new man, showing only his arm.

“Face hurts from smiling,” she captioned the video.

At the time, Farley’s rep confirmed to PEOPLE that the MTV star had “moved on.”

On Wednesday, she posted an intimate photo of her and her man in bed, though she didn’t reveal his face.

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The steamy pic came after Farley publicly confirmed the relationship — but didn’t identify Carpinello by name. During a live appearance Wednesday on Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Joey Camasta’s podcast, It’s Happening with Snooki & Joey, Farley, 34, said she was dating a 24-year-old man.

When asked his name, Farley responded “24,” according to The Asbury Park Press. “We’re filming Jersey Shore right now and we nicknamed him ’24.’ ”

“He’s very handsome, by the way,” added Polizzi, 31. “Jenni has been going through some s— but I’ve never seen this girl more happier and more herself than this moment right now.”

In response to the news, Mathews told the New York Post‘s Page Six he’s “very happy” for his ex.

So who is Carpinello? The athlete is from Bethlehem, a town in Albany County, New York, and played football during his time at Bethlehem Central High School. Growing up, he would always watch professional wrestling and decided that’s what he wanted to do, he told Spotlight Newspapers in 2017.

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After graduating in 2013, he spent two years at In Your Face Wrestling Academy in Albany, where he had his first professional bout.

While he hasn’t made it to the WWE yet, Carpinello has already been featured on television, according to Spotlight. Wrestling in New York City in the Spanish leagues Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA) has landed him on Telemundo.

In the ring, Carpinello goes by his middle name, Clayton, telling Spotlight it keeps him “authentic.” As for whether he prefers to be the “good guy” or the “bad guy” during matches? Carpinello said while he can do both, he prefers to play the bad guy.

“I don’t like kids,” he said with a laugh. “No, I’m just kidding.”

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Farley filed for divorce from Mathews in September after almost three years of marriage. Though they continued to spend time together as a family in the months that followed, even celebrating their three-year wedding anniversary in October, the relationship took a downward turn in December, when Farley filed for a restraining order against him after the two got into an argument.

A month later, she accused Mathews of physical and emotional abuse in a lengthy statement shared on her personal website. She also released footage that allegedly showed Mathews attacking her. Mathews denied the allegations.

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE at the time, Farley said she decided to speak out against Mathews for the sake of their kids.

“In light of the recent accusations, I would like to clarify one point: I did not post the message to Roger to cause him any upset,” she said. “My intention was to protect our children and to liberate myself from all of the pain I had endured for so many years, to finally be free from the abuse and now look into the future more positively for the sake of the kids.”

Since then, the estranged couple has reunited to spend time with daughter Meilani, 4, and son Greyson, 2, on Easter.