One of the stars of MTV’s Jersey Shore: Family Vacation is battling depression. The reality star revealed their plight on social media after enduring several months of difficulties.
Angelina Pivarnick, who was an original cast member of the series when it was originally called Jersey Shore and has since returned for the reboot, revealed her battle in an emotional Instagram post on December 17.
“These past two months have not been on my side,” the reality star, 32, began. “There’s a lot of unfortunate things I couldn’t control and it’s put me in a depression.”
She did not note what she is struggling against in her caption.
Pivarnick then explained that one of the things that have helped her during this tough period has been her fiance Chris Larangeria and her two rescue cats.
“If it wasn’t for @chris_e_piss_e And my daughters (my fur babies) I would have lost it. When I’m sad they put a smile on my face. I legit love my animals sooo much. They give me the love I need to make it through the day. I seriously consider them part of my family.”
The reality star added that she was happy she rescued her cats and “got them off the streets” so they could have a “great life.” She also noted that if she’s having a bad day, she knows they will always be there waiting for her with unconditional love.
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These past two months have not been on my side. There’s a lot of unfortunate things I couldn’t control and it’s put me in a depression. If it wasn’t for @chris_e_piss_e And my daughters (my fur babies) I would have lost it. When I’m sad they put a smile on my face. I legit love my animals sooo much. They give me the love I need to make it through the day. I seriously consider them part of my family. I am happy I got them off the streets and could give them a great life. I wake up to this. I seriously could be having a bad day and know when I get home they will be waiting for me :). Guys rescuing was the best choice I ever made. ❤️ #rescue #catmom #ilovethem #cuties #mom #cats #catsofinstagram #love #life #happiness #theyloveme #aspca #rescue #depression. #battlingdepression
In the hashtags to the post, she tagged the ASPCA and encouraged animal adoption.
In the photo, Pivarnick is seen lying in bed with her cats beside her.
Larangeira said in the photo’s comments section of Pivarnick, “My beautiful family,” he wrote. “I love you all so much.”
Pivarnick was a surprising addition to the series in its first season after a six-year absence from MTV.
She originally left the series after several intense fights between herself, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, who gave Pivarnick her now-infamous nickname “Dirty Hampster.”
Pivarnick was brought back into the Jersey Shore fold during Jersey Shore: Family Vacation after Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio pulled a prank on Farley, Polizzi and Deena Nicole Cortese, who had left the show’s Las Vegas home for a weekend to visit their families.
Calling himself the “Prank War Champion,” DelVecchio called Pivarnick and asked her if she wanted to visit the roommates and mend fences.
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My heart and soul. My muse. My best friend and my handsome fiancé how I love you so. You have been my Rock and my strength. I cherish every single day with you. I thank you for putting up with me and dealing with my crazy ass lol. You deal with me saying “ babe rub my arm, my back and my feet” lol u deal with me bringing three cats into our house and now you love them beyond belief lol. You love peanut my crazy yorkie and you know she’s insane lol. All of these things are what make you my best friend and the love of my life. To many more years of craziness lol. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I love u @chris_e_piss_e ????????????????
When the girls returned, their shock was instant and took DelVecchio and Pivarnick to task as to why she had returned to the “family” after she left and trashed Farley on social media.
Farley, Polizzi, and the other roommates, including Vinny Guadagnino and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, have since seemingly mended their relationship with Pivarnick.
She will be returning to Jersey Shore: Family Vacation with the rest of the cast when the show heads back to MTV for its second reboot season in 2019.