Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, 35, has worked hard to leave his partying past behind as he awaits sentencing on April 25, 2018, after pleading guilty to tax evasion in federal court in January.
In September 2014, the reality star was charged with tax fraud for failing to pay taxes on $8.9 million. Sorrentino and his brother Marc used two companies, MPS Entertainment, LLC and Situation Nation, Inc., to evade taxation, taking money out for personal expenses, such as, "high-end vehicles, purchases of high-end clothing, and personal grooming expenses," while claiming they were business expenses.
Sorrentino, who appeared on the MTV reality show from 2009 to 2012, has battled an addiction to prescription painkillers for the past five years. The self-proclaimed “guido” just celebrated 28 months of sobriety and will be back with the Jersey Shore Family Vacation, which premieres tomorrow.
The Jersey native earned over $5 million in 2010, second only to Kim Kardashian in reality TV land, for his endorsements of Devotion Vodka, Reebok Zigtech shoes, a workout DVD, and a vitamin line for GNC, among others.
“I worked so hard to turn my life around and be the best person I can be,” Sorrentino tells People. “I did it, and good things came around. I’m so excited and so proud of this season.”
Sorrentino, who made a conscious effort to distance himself from his co-stars after the show ended, is currently the director of public outreach at a rehab in New Jersey.
“I had to fight my own demons and fix myself before I could even try to have any other relationships,” he says. “They teach you that in recovery. But we’ve had the group chat for over a year now, and we talk every day. I’ve done everything in my power to better myself. I really feel that I’m in the best situation possible.”
The Jersey Shore reboot, which took Sorrentino to Miami, was a challenge since he was forced to revisit his former club days.
“I had a very strong foundation for my recovery with over two years when I entered the house,” he says. “But I did have to challenge myself to go out and film a whole season of Jersey Shore and have fun without alcohol — to show the youth out there that it is possible.”
“I’m so proud of this season,” he adds. “It took a lot of hard work just to get there. I had to challenge myself to do my job and be funny and be myself — along with some obstacles and a lot of things facing me at that time. So, for me to finish it and finish it the way that we did, I’m so blessed and grateful. I really am. I can’t wait for everyone to meet the new Situation.”