Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Says He's 4 Months Sober and Returning to 'Jersey Shore' : 'Not Over'

The reality star stepped away from Jersey Shore: Family Vacation in May to focus on his mental health

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro
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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro plans to return to Jersey Shore.

The MTV star, 35, said Thursday that he's back on his feet and continuing to work on his mental health and sobriety. He also said he hopes to be back on Jersey Shore: Family Vacation after temporarily leaving the show earlier this year.

"I feel great. Four months sober. I quit drinking, got engaged, full-time father, you know, living a good life," Ortiz-Magro, who shares 3-year-old daughter Ariana with his ex Jen Harley, told TMZ.

He continued, "I stepped away [from Jersey Shore] to deal with my mental health, be a father to my child, be a fiancé to my woman. I'll be back and, you know, all the fans love me and I love them too, so I'm going to give them what they want and I'll see them soon."

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro
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Ortiz-Magro told the outlet that he's still in touch with the producers of the show and that his Jersey Shore journey is "definitely not over." He added that fans can hope to see him as early as the end of season 5.

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation returned to MTV in June for the second half of season 4. The month prior, Ortiz-Magro announced that he would be stepping away from the show in order to focus on his health and wellbeing, telling fans he would be seeking medical treatment for "mental health issues" that he had long "ignored."

"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 in a statement on his Instagram Story at the time.

"My number one goal now is facing my struggles head-on," he continued.

The announcement came after he was arrested in April in Los Angeles on suspicion of intimate partner violence with injuries and with priors. He avoided criminal charges in his the case, his attorneys previously confirmed.

Jersey Shore family vacation
Jersey Shore family vacation. MTV

Ortiz-Magro got engaged to his girlfriend Saffire Matos in June. A source told PEOPLE he organized a private picnic before popping the question, and that his family and daughter were present for the celebrations.

"Ronnie has been taken this time to work on himself and his daughter," the source said. "For him, he felt like this right time. They're both really happy for this next chapter. His health and happiness are what is most important."

Ortiz-Magro has been linked to Matos, who runs a Staten Island lash bar, since fall 2020. The reality star told TMZ his entire Jersey Shore "family" will be invited to his wedding.

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation airs Thursdays (8 p.m. ET) on MTV.

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