‘Jersey Shore’: Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi and Jionni LaValle’s Relationship Timeline

When Jersey Shore began, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s main goal was to find a “juicehead gorilla” to marry and have babies with. She ended up finding love with Jionni LaValle, who ironically she thought would be a one-night-stand. Here is the Jersey Shore couple’s official relationship timeline. 

Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Jionni LaValle
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi and Jionni LaValle | Lizzy Snaps Sullivan

‘Snooki’ and Jionni LaValle met on ‘Jersey Shore’ in 2010

Polizzi met LaValle at Karma, one of Jersey Shore’s hotspots. 

“We met at the club,” Polizzi explained to Larry King. “I hated him at first. I was just like, ‘Oh he’s cute, he’ll do for tonight.'” Polizzi didn’t think much of LaValle initially, but by the fall that same year, the two were officially an item. 

Nicole Polizzi and Jionni LaValle started dating in October 2010

Despite her initial opinion of LaValle, the two started dating in the fall of 2010. LaValle certainly knew the way to Polizzi’s heart at that point, preparing her pickle pancakes as documented on Twitter. 

The following year in September, Polizzi and LaValle hit a speedbump in their relationship. 

Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi and Jionni LaValle’s Italy argument 

As documented on Jersey Shore, Polizzi “showed her vagina and boobs on the dance floor” during their trip to Italy. Embarrassed, LaValle asked her to stop. Their drunken argument about the events of the night resulted in a breakup.

By February 2012, all seemed to be forgiven and the couple was back on track. “It’s meant to be!” Polizzi told Us Weekly in February 2012. “We’re lucky to have found guys that we have found.” By March, the couple got engaged. 

‘Snooki’ and Jionni LaValle share big news in the spring of 2012 

In March 2012, Polizzi shared some exciting news with Us Weekly. After a year and a half of dating, she was engaged to LaValle and 15 weeks pregnant. 

“I don’t care what anybody else thinks,” Polizzi told the outlet regarding her shift in priorities. “As long as I know I’m ready and he’s ready.”

“We are not going to screw this up,” LaValle added. The couple discovered they were pregnant shortly after New Years’, at which point Polizzi had been drinking. Fortunately, their son was born healthy.

Polizzi filmed the final season of Jersey Shore while she was pregnant. LaValle joined her, and the two stayed in a separate house due to Polizzi’s condition. 

The ‘Jersey Shore’ family gets more guidos and guidettes in 2012 and 2014 

The Jersey Shore couple welcomed their firstborn son, Lorenzo Dominic LaValle, in August 2012. Two years later in September 2014, Polizzi gave birth to her daughter, Giovanna Marie LaValle, just two months before their wedding. 

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Polizzi and LaValle tied the knot on Nov. 29, 2014. Their Great Gatsby-themed wedding featured much of the Jersey Shore cast, minus Vinny Guadagnino and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, who had previously hooked up with Polizzi.

Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi defends Jionni LaValle regarding Ashley Madison claims in 2015

A few months after their wedding, LaValle was accused of using Ashley Madison, a site that helped people meet discreetly for affairs. When the company’s data was hacked, LaValle’s email was allegedly discovered. Polizzi took to Instagram to defend her husband, who she called the “most humble, respectful, and loyal” person.

“This morning when I got a call from my publicist that a story was going to be printed on my husband ‘allegedly’ signing up on Ashley Madison, I laughed,” Polizzi wrote. “I really didn’t even want to acknowledge this absurd story, but when my family is being bashed for no reason- mama bear is gonna say what’s up. So no, my husband didn’t sign up on that website to cheat on me.” 

Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi and Jionni LaValle return to reality TV 

Before Jersey Shore: Family Vacation came to be, Polizzi and LaValle worked together on the FYI series Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip. The couple’s home-renovation aired in February 2016 and took place in New Jersey, where they flipped shore properties.

Two years later, when MTV announced Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, only Polizzi agreed to be part of the series. Some fans thought there was trouble in their marriage, but LaValle announced: “I am choosing to not be on TV because I simply do not like it.” 

‘Snooki’ and Jionni welcomed their third child in May 2019 

Polizzi and LaValle’s second son, Angelo James LaValle, was born May 30, 2019.

It’s unclear whether the couple wants to have more children, but they seem very happy living out of the Jersey Shore spotlight as a family.