It appeared to be a love made in Jersey Shore heaven, but shortly before their third wedding anniversary, Jenni Farley and Roger Mathews split up. Things seemed to be amicable between the parents of two for a little bit following JWoww filing for divorce in September 2018, but the relationship took an even rockier turn in the months following. Click through the gallery to look back at their relationship, which had been filled with ups-and-downs from the beginning.
JWoww met Roger Mathews in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, while she was filming the first season of MTV's Jersey Shore. Jenni was still dating Tom Lippolis at the time, however, so she and Roger didn't date that summer.
The two reconnected the following year while Jenni was filming Jersey Shore back in Seaside (it's not that big a town...), which fans witnessed in season three.
Sept. 24, 2010
The couple, who found love fast after finding each other again, made their first public appearance at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where JWoww was hosting an event at the venue's Jet Nightclub.
The couple suffers a miscarriage, though JWoww didn't reveal this news for seven years until filming an episode of Jersey Shore Family Vacation. The miscarriage came just weeks before the Jersey Shore crew filmed their fourth season in Italy, around the same time Jenni's grandmother died, but she told very few people at the time. “And they put me on medication because of it, I couldn’t handle life,” she told her castmate, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, in the April 2018 episode, explaining that she was taking “downers,” such as Xanax, that made her “so groggy." “Then I started taking uppers with it, segue right into Italy."
After dating for two years, the pair got engaged during a skydiving session. Roger popped the question with a pink-and-white diamond engagement ring, and at over 7 karats, it was just the big ring the Snooki & JWoww star had openly talked about wanting. She happily shows it off during the Jersey Shore's final season premiere the next month.
July 13, 2014
The engaged couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Meilani. "Jenni and Roger are so excited to welcome the newest guidette Meilani Alexandra Mathews to the world weighing 7 lbs., 13 oz.," JWoww's rep told ET at the time. "Meilani and her parents are doing great and are happy and healthy. Meilani is already looking to trade her baby bottle for barbells."
Oct. 17, 2015
They GTL'd all the way down the aisle! JWoww's Jersey Shore pals were all in attendance when she and Roger tied the knot at the Addison Park in Keyport, New Jersey. But their friends and family also got a huge surprise on the happy day -- Jenni and Roger announced that they were expecting their second child, news ET broke exclusively at the time.
May 5, 2016
The couple welcomed their second child, son Greyson, who weighed in at 7 lbs. and 2 oz. "So blessed to welcome our precious son Greyson Valor Mathews," JWoww wrote on the Instagram announcement about her newborn. "He arrived healthy at 6:03pm tonight and the most beautiful part is Roger got to deliver him with our doctor. Our family is complete!"
It's over! JWoww filed for divorce in Ocean County, New Jersey, in early September, citing irreconcilable differences. After news of the split broke on Sept. 27, Roger took to Instagram to share a video message, saying, "My wife filed for divorce, it's true. I'm just going to keep it simple. I don't blame her. There's no cheating or any dumb s**t, any juicy details. She just grew tired of the repetitive pattern that we fell into. I'm not gonna get into detail, but it was a repetitive pattern and not a good one. Here's what's also true, I'm not done fighting. I'm going to win my wife back. I'm going to win her affection back. I'm going to win her love back. I have no intention of being a single dad. We're in counseling, so there is hope."
Oct. 11, 2018
It seems like Jenni and Roger's breakup was a longtime coming. In an episode of Jersey Shore Family Vacation that had been filmed months prior to her split, JWoww revealed that she had almost filed for divorce before. The revelation came when Angelina Pivarnick opened up about her relationship issues with her fiance, Chris Larangeira, to Jenni and their co-star, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.
Oct. 13, 2018
Despite the divorce filing, Roger pulled out all the stops for his and Jenni's three-year wedding anniversary. The two went on a horse-drawn carriage ride and out to dinner, with the father of two captioning a photo of the latter, "Rome wasn't built in a day."
The pair appeared to be working on their issues and even posed together for family Halloween photos, with all four members of the Farley-Mathews clan dressing up as characters from Moana.
Roger commented on JWoww's Jersey Shore castmate Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola's Instagram post promoting a dress from Giancola's Sweetheart Styles, which read, "Fun fact... my mom took this photo." His reply read, "Fun fact. My wife finds me repulsive." It is unclear what prompted the comment, although Mathews has shared his sarcastic sense of humor in the past. Despite the eyebrow-raising comment, he and JWoww hit the red carpet together at DreamWorks Trolls The Experience Rainbow Carpet Grand Opening with their 4-year-old daughter, Meilani.
Late November 2018
A rep for the Jersey Shore star confirmed to ET that Jenni and Roger's son, Greyson, had been diagnosed with autism. “He has co-therapies [every] week but we’re going to step it up a notch soon and get him ABA [applied behavior analysis] treatments, speech therapy,” JWoww first told Hollywood Life.about her youngest child. “He’s made leaps and bounds when it comes to speech."
Then on Nov. 28, the mom of two shared a picture of Greyson working with his ABA therapist via Instagram. In the caption, she noted how upset she was about how the news of Greyson's diagnosis broke, writing in part, "So to see his diagnosis come as an 'exclusive' to a certain site broke my heart and pissed me off. In no way would I ever 'exclusively tell' some company about my son, so he becomes their [clickbait]... his story is [too] precious and no article could capture that."
Dec. 14, 2018
Though the relationship seemed to be on steadier ground after the divorce announcement, things took a hard turn south in December when Jenni filed a restraining order against her estranged husband, which she announced via Instagram. “While Jenni has refrained from making any public statements relating to her impending divorce, in light of recent events we have decided to make an official statement. Certain events transpired last night which led Jenni to involve the authorities, as she felt it was in her best interests, and the best interests of her children to do so," the statement read. "Any statements and social media posts depicting anything to the contrary are entirely false, misleading and intentionally designed to cast Jenni in a negative light. She is proud to be a hardworking parent who provides for her children. While we have chosen not to comment further, we will note that a judge immediately ruled in Jenni’s favor and issued a temporary order of protection last night. Please respect Jenni’s decision for privacy in an effort to protect herself and her children during this time."
Roger posted a series of videos to his own Instagram account defending himself and providing a contradictory account to his wife's, while JWoww's best friend, Snooki, also came to her defense later in the day, sharing a video from the encounter at Jenni and Roger's house the evening before.
Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2019
The Jersey Shore star shared a lengthy and very heated letter on her website on Jan. 30 dedicated to her estranged husband. In the post, she also includes a handful of disturbing videos, with one showing security footage which appears to show the pair fighting and then Roger violently pushing Jenni to the ground while in their kitchen. Additionally, Jenni claimed that her estranged ex had been sharing false statements, misrepresenting her online, harming their children and not letting their son, Greyson's, therapist enter his home for their session. "I have spent the last few months trying to protect our children from public humiliation, because as parents, we are supposed to protect them," JWoww began her letter. "I wanted to handle this out of the spotlight because our silence is their greater good. Even when you tried to disgrace my name, make false accusations and even point blank lie... I still remained silent as challenging as it was ... why? Because, greater good. I can no longer sit idly by while you mistreat and malign me in such an egregious manner. You have presented yourself to the public as a praiseworthy father and a husband who has been suffering by my alleged actions and behavior."
Roger responded the next day, saying in a video message posted to his Instagram account, "We're going to address this in court, which is the proper place to address it. We've proven Jenni and her attorneys to be liars in the past and will do it again. I will attach the documents so you can see that. This is just the early stages of this."
Then on Feb. 1, JWoww's team released an exclusive statement to ET about her estranged husband, saying, "The accusations in the letter produced by Mr. Mathew’s counsel to the court lack merit, foundation and basis. They are laced with false statements and voluminous efforts to further intimidate and bully a young mother: a survivor of domestic abuse. Moreover, they are a transparent and desperate ploy to deflect away from the hard, cold facts, none of which appear to have been responded to."