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Vinny Guadagnino reunites with his former co-stars slash roommates on Jersey Shore Family Vacation, but he tells ET he recently split from his girlfriend, Elicea Shyann.
“So, I wasn’t using the 'smoosh room' on the show ‘cause I was in a relationship on the show,” the 30-year-old revealed at the Los Angeles premiere party for the show last Thursday at Hyde. “I do have someone I really care about, she is the girl that I was with, but currently it didn’t work out, so I’m single.”
The reality star says filming the reunion series isn’t what caused the break-up, but it certainly didn’t help.
“Slightly,” he said when asked if the show affected the relationship. “But there was problems beforehand…[the show] is the type of thing that could really be the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” he added. “Not because I’m out there doing anything, you don’t talk to the person for a month because you don’t have a cell phone, you don’t have a TV… you don’t have communication so, you're like calling them every other day… On the duck phone! You can’t even hear them," he said. "Plus, we had a long distance relationship; she’s from California, I’m from New York, which can already be impossible for somebody…so a lot of things just made us feel like listen this can’t happen right now, maybe down the line.”
Guadagnino is adamant he didn’t do anything to jeopardize his relationship, though he’s a little anxious to see how his behavior plays out on the show.
“I will say that being in a relationship was kinda tough, like, to be in a club every single night… alcohol every single night, I didn’t do anything but like being in a position and then you know talking on the phone and, you know, explaining like I was in a club until 6 in the morning every night… that gets a little sticky,” he said. “I know that I did the right thing and that’s all that matters.”
He’s not ruling out reconciliation with his ex-just yet, but is focused on himself right now.
“I’m not looking to be with anybody right now, I really care about her but the logistics of the relationship are not working,” he explained. “I hope that the logistics work out one day so we can be.”
The reality star, who famously headed home for a break from his Jersey Shore roommates during filming 2012 over struggles with anxiety, also says he’s learned a lot about himself and has found new ways to cope since then.
“I do still experience it but I’ve learned that back in the day when I was going through it I used to torture myself... I had anxiety, I didn’t feel good, I’m like, ‘I can’t, I can’t be here like this,’ you know, so now, I’ve learned to not try to seek perfection about it and instead just, if I have a bad day, I have a bad day… So, the struggle is still there and when you think like that, when you accept it and you just keep going, it actually goes away,” he shared. “I know this sounds corny but your diet, you know, I don’t eat any sugar, I don’t eat any bread or grains or anything… I’m the Keto Guido, that’s my new name this season.”
Jersey Shore Family Vacation premieres Thursday, April 5, on MTV.