Jionni LaValle is the adorable, 5’5″ baby daddy and fiance of Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. Jionni and Snooki met on the show Jersey Shore and have their ups and downs over the years. Their relationship has always been on TV, though Jionni was never a guy who wanted to be in the spotlight. He still isn’t that kind of guy. Read on for all the details on when Jionni first met Snooki, how Jionni’s mother felt about him dating a Jersey Shore star, and what Jionni does for a living.
1. NJ Fatman Is Jionni’s T-Shirt Company
Many viewers what Jionni’s profession is and we’ve got an answer for you. Jionni has a t-shirt line called NJ Fatman. The signature saying of the company is “Give Me A Scotch I’m Starving,” and the About section reads:
The concept of Fat Man started in the summer of ‘96 at the Jersey shore. Two friends decided to spend the weekend boozing, eating and playing video games later to be named “Fat Man Weekend.” As Fat Man Weekend became an annual tradition involving more friends we started playing Rock Band complimented with a few handles of scotch. For the annual ‘09 Fat Man Weekend we decided on making T-shirts to coincide with our love of scotch and food thus coining the phrase “Give Me a Scotch I’m Starving.”
2. When Snooki Met Jionni She Wasn’t Even Into Him
The way Snooki and Jionni met was on a drunken night at the Jersey Shore. The really funny part was that Snooki didn’t even really seem into Jionni, which is usually how it goes when you meet the person you end up being with for the long haul. That’s how a lot of relationships start. Snooki was out at club Karma and drunk when she met Jionni. She was talking about how there were no hot gorillas there that night and this cute little nugget approached her. Snooki and Jionni shared some sloppy dances before leaving together. As the two staggered back to her house, Jionni said to Snooki, “You don’t even remember my name.”
Since their meeting, Snooki has boasted how lucky she is to have found Jionni and how they are meant to be together.
3. Jionni Has An ATM Business
According to several reports, in addition to his t-shirt company, Jionni has an ATM business, own several machines. Jionni used to want to be a teacher and has even coached high school wrestling. In fact, when Snooki met Jionni, he was going to Centenary College to be a gym teacher and later majored in sports management. E! Online reports:
He was a four-year member of the varsity wrestling team at Hanover High School, picking up many titles and trophies along the way.
4. In the Beginning, Jionni’s Mother Janis Wasn’t Crazy About Her Son Dating a Reality Star
After building their own mansion, Snooki and Jionni have finally moved out of Jionni’s parents’ basement, where they had been living for the last several years. The two filmed their reality show together there and we got an inside look at how amazing Jionni’s family is and how supportive they are. Jionni’s parents weren’t always so supportive though, especially when he first started dating Snooki. Us Weekly reports an insider stating:
Jionni’s mom wasn’t too happy about them dating at first. She thought appearing on the show would make him look bad. That’s where he gets his demeanor from–he wants to stay out of the public eye.
Jionni was raised in Poughkeepsie, New York and later grew up in East Hanover, New Jersey, as the youngest of four kids. Born to Janis and Joe, Jionni’s siblings are James, Joe and Janelle.
5. Jionni Stars With Snooki on her Reality Show Snooki & JWoww
Jionni, his baby mama, and his two adorable children star on the reality show Snooki & JWoww, showing how life is for the adorable family in addition to Snooki’s antics with her BFF. Watch a clip of Jionni and Snooki in action on the show in the above video clip.