The Jersey Shore star posted the YouTube video of his final moments on Monday

By Joelle Goldstein
January 21, 2019 08:37 PM
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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is giving fans a look at his final moments before beginning his prison sentence.

The Jersey Shore star — who reported to the Otisville Federal Correctional Institution last week — and his new wife Lauren Pesce recorded a video while on their drive to the New York-based prison.

In the emotional clip, which was shared to YouTube on Monday, Sorrentino, 36, opened up about his thoughts ahead of his eight-month sentence for tax evasion and his plans to come out as a new man.

“The day before [my prison sentence began] was the only day I felt any anxiety,” Sorrentino admitted. “Today I have a sense of just happy to put this behind me.”

“I’m gonna workout every day, get in shape, and get ready to go back and film season three – that’s it,” he added. “The Situation will reveal himself in 2019. Currently under construction, but will be revealed. Under new management now.”

Before turning himself in, Sorrentino made sure to stop at Starbucks for one last treat and told his fans that he was staying strong amid a difficult time.

“You can’t show weaknesses in such a situation,” he explained.

He also shared an intimate moment with his wife, embracing in a long hug and reminding her that he loved her, before kissing Pesce for the final time and walking into the facility.

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On a final note, Sorrentino paid tribute to Ray Liotta’s classic line in Goodfellas. “Now take me to jail,” he said.

It was the second time that he made the Goodfellas reference — the first coming in his final tweet last week alongside a GIF of Liotta delivering the line in the film.

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Pesce, 34, has continuously kept her husband’s fans in the loop with the prison sentencing since he first entered on Jan. 15.

On the drive there last Tuesday, Pesce filmed him reacting to fans’ supportive messages on Instagram Live.

A few days later, Pesce explained that her husband had already received an overwhelming amount of support from his extended Jersey Shore family and was “doing great” since beginning his sentence behind bars.

“Hi Everyone, it’s Lauren. Mike would like to thank all of his fans worldwide for the unbelievable outpouring of love & support,” she tweeted from his account.

“We speak everyday & he’s doing great,” Pesce continued. “He’s received thousands of letters, he won’t be able to respond to everyone but wanted to express his gratitude to each and everyone of you.”

Mike Sorrentino and Lauren Pesce
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Sorrentino and his brother Marc were indicted in September 2014 for tax offenses and conspiring to defraud the United States after allegedly failing to properly pay taxes on $8.9 million in income from 2010 to 2012.

In April 2017, both men were indicted on additional charges including tax evasion, structuring and falsifying records.

Sorrentino pled guilty to one count of tax evasion in January 2018, and his brother Marc pled guilty to one count of aiding in the preparation of a false and fraudulent tax return. In October 2018, Sorrentino was sentenced to eight months in prison and two years of supervised release, and Marc was sentenced to two years.

Sorrentino was also ordered to complete 500 hours of community service and was given $123,913 in restitution, which he has already paid, plus a fine of $10,000.

The MTV star didn’t let his looming prison sentence affect his life plans, though: On Nov. 1, 2018, he tied the knot with Pesce in front of friends and family in New Jersey.

The couple met in math class while in community college and got engaged on Valentine’s Day 2018.

“We went out together for about four years, and then once Jersey Shore started we decided to take a break throughout seasons 1 through 6,” he previously told PEOPLE. “Once [the show] was over, we eventually reconnected and have been together ever since, for over four years now.”

“She’s my best friend, my better half,” he added. “She makes me a better person. I’m so excited that she’s in my life.”