Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is no stranger to controversy. Sorrentino was labeled a “party boy” from the debut of MTV’s popular reality series, “Jersey Shore,” where a group of friends tanned, fist-pumped, and drank day in and day out.
From the beginning, Sorrentino’s alcohol use was a problem. Back in 2012, TMZ reported that both MTV and production company 495 Productions were considering pulling the plug on “The Situation” if his “problematic” deep dive into inappropriate alcohol use continued.
Sorrentino listened, admitting himself to a rehabilitation center in the same year. He told People that his mind, his body, and his life were in need of major restructuring:
“When I had gotten out of Jersey Shore, I had a year to settle down and find out who I was, and I wasn’t in the best shape…I had to rebuild myself inside and out.”
It was clear that Sorrentino’s battle with alcohol addiction was just beginning. Hosting club nights, promoting parties and traveling to press events for the show was how he made most of his money, and cutting those ties weren’t easy:
“It was extremely hard and it took every ounce of effort for me, and I just put my head down and kept moving forward.”
But he put his head down, amid temptation, and pressed on.
On December 21, 2016, Sorrentino announced a major milestone — a year of full sobriety:
However, as one struggle began to resolve, several more appeared.
In early April, the federal government came knocking with their own “situation” for Sorrentino: an indictment on charges including tax evasion, structuring, and falsifying records charges.
According to the Department of Justice’s statement, the star allegedly conspired to defraud the United States by refusing to pay all federal income tax — about $8.9 million worth, earned between 2010 and 2012, while Michael was in rehab.
Michael could face up to 10 years in prison if he’s found guilty.Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
Needless to say, it’s been a messy year for the reality star.
But things may be looking up. InTouch reported that the “Jersey Shore” alum is making major steps to clean up his act.
His first move? Settling down.
Apparently, the notorious player has found love with his college sweetheart, Lauren Pesce, and he told the publication that he’s ready to take their relationship to the next level:
“Me and my lady are moving towards the next step in our personal life and looking to get engaged in the next three months. I’m trying to keep it somewhat of a surprise to her because she’s around me all the time.”
That’s right, Sorrentino is moving from police sirens to wedding bells with plans to wed his dearly beloved.
— Lauren Sorrentino (@lauren_pesce) July 11, 2017
Sorrentino kept the specifics of his proposal under wraps during his interview with InTouch, but his excited and gleeful demeanor implies he’s definitely excited to plan each and every detail of his upcoming wedding.
Looks like the 35-year-old is turning a new page on his troubled, spotlight-chasing past.