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THE STYLE BAE – LAUREN PESCE
TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015
BY JESSICA ANDREWS
If you thought Lauren Pesce’s only claim to fame was being the fiancé of Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, you thought wrong. The natural blonde is a stylist, a graduate of LIM College (with a degree in fashion merchandising) and the founder of The Style Bae, a successful life and style blog. With experience working at ELLE Magazine, Giuseppe Zanotti and Saks Fifth Avenue, Lauren created her blog to “continue [her] passion in the fashion world on [her] own terms.”
Though Style Bae stands for “Style Before Anything Else,” clothing is just the beginning. Lauren shares fitness tips, healthy recipes, DIY secrets and beauty faves on the popular site. And yes, her college sweetheart Mike makes an appearance, notably in the Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Starsepisode recaps she posts each week. Her MBCRS recaps have exclusives you can’t get anywhere else: Lauren and Mike answer fan questions and she even breaks down the outfits she wears on TV.
For more of an inside look into the life of the future Mrs. Sorrentino, be sure to follow her on Instagram and Like To Know It. And of course, catch the gorgeous couple on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars every Friday at 9/8C only on WE tv.
“Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is known for his partying ways, but for his next reality show, the focus is on something much different – his relationship.
Sorrentino and Lauren Pesce, his girlfriend and college sweetheart, are one of several famous couples on WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, premiering Friday.
While the Jersey Shore alum, 32, was eager to sign up for the show’s third season, Pesce took a little convincing, he told PEOPLE during the show’s premiere party in West Hollywood on Thursday.
“She was a little nervous going in,” he said. “But I thought it was going to be a benefit for us as a couple to go in because we’re not a perfect couple. We have ups and downs just like everyone else, but at the same time it’s almost like free therapy.”
The star, who completed rehab for a prescription drug problem in 2012, said being sober for the reality show helped him focus on the couple’s issues.
“It wasn’t the first time that I did a show sober,” he said. “I did Jersey Shore 6sober, and you really just concentrate on yourself and just being the best person that you can be or be better than you were the day before.”
Pesce, who appeared on Sorrentino’s 2014 TVGN family reality show The Sorrentinos, said her reticence to open up on camera was an added challenge for the pair.
“I’m not somebody in the public eye, so for me it was really opening up with my deepest concerns and thoughts and really being vulnerable in front of strangers and in front of national television,” she said. “But having him by my side made me comfortable enough to do it.”
Sorrentino and Pesce, who told PEOPLE they’re “better than ever,” said they got along with the show’s other famous couples, who include Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett.”
“The Situation‘s girlfriend was not a Jersey Shore fan! In fact, Lauren Pesce, college sweetheart of hard-partying Mike Sorrentino, didn’t really watch the show regularly.
“I definitely didn’t follow some of the crazy stuff going on in Jersey Shore,” the fashion blogger, 30, reveals to Us Weekly. “I didn’t like a lot of the things he did, but we weren’t together! I was just glad he had found success.”
The couple, who dated for three years a decade ago, reconnected after Sitch’s reality TV stardom. “We had gone our separate ways, but we parted on good terms and always kept in touch,” Pesce, who runs fashion blog The Style Bae, explains. “I went into the work world and he went into fitness modeling and then Jersey Shore. I was nothing but happy for him. We were on our own different paths in life. Timing is everything — we circled back to each other about two years ago and we kind of picked back up where we left off.”
Sorrentino, 32, didn’t stop making headlines after his MTV stardom thanks to ongoing legal troubles and a struggle to get sober. “We’ve been through a lot of things. One minute you’re going to get breakfast and then you look down and you’re on the cover of the Post,” he confesses. “There’s a lot of curveballs been thrown our way in the last year or so, and that can put stress on a relationship.”
Now, the pair is preparing to spend their lives together — Sorrentino even gave his bae a promise ring — and are putting their commitment to the test on WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp.
“We’re definitely a stronger couple than when we walked in. They just teach you certain tools in order to better the relationship,” Situation tells Us. And although he bared a lot on Jersey Shore — most notably his torso — this new show was even more intimate. “It was a totally different experience for me. It definitely was an eye-opener for sure. It made me vulnerable and open up. We learned a lot about each other.”
Marriage Boot Camp premieres Friday, May 29, at 9 p.m. ET on WE tv. “
“The cast of Jersey Shore is all grown up these days. Snooki is settling into newlywed life with her husband and their two kids as her BFF Jwoww plans her wedding to the father of her daughter, Meilani. And yes, even Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, who was known on the MTV reality show as quite the ladies’ man, has found love, and we’ll get to learn more about him and his girlfriend, Lauren Pesce, on the new season of We TV’s Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.
OKMagazine.com talked exclusively to Mike about what it was like to be on reality TV for the first time with a girlfriend, plus he reveals how his sobriety and his legal issues—Mike is potentially facing jail time for tax fraud—is effecting his relationship. Mike and Lauren also talk about their castmates this season (including tabloid faves Kendra Wilkinson & Hank Baskett), and discuss their own plans for tying the knot!
And though Mike wouldn’t reveal if he and Lauren are engaged yet, he did tell us which Jersey Shore castmates he plans to invite to his future wedding—and whether or not he wants to attend Jenni “Jwoww’ Farley and Roger Mathews’October nuptials. Read on for all the exclusive scoop:
OKMagazine.com: You two dated in college, took a hiatus and have been back together for two years now. What made now the perfect time to go on Marriage Boot Camp? Lauren Pesce: I think the opportunity just came up for us and we’re at a point in our relationship where we are getting ready for the next step. We thought it’d be a test run before [marriage]. And it definitely did strengthen our relationship. I hadn’t done a lot of TV but I know Mike has said he wasn’t expecting the experience to be so difficult.
OKMagazine.com: Will fans of Jersey Shore will see a different side of you on Marriage Boot Camp? Mike Sorrentino: For sure. Obviously this will be the first time fans will see a side of me where I have a girlfriend. But usually my fans are used to seeing my candid side and there’s no change in that. We didn’t hold back. But this was definitely a new experience. It gets down to the true person of who we are.
OKMagazine.com: From the trailer it seems like your castmates Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett bring the most drama to the house. Is that an accurate assumption? MS: I don’t know if they brought drama to the house as much as they had issues in their relationship. They’re married and they have kids and it seemed like they had a lot to work on. But drama wise, when you put a lot of personalities in the house, especially when it comes to TV, you’re going to get a lot of Alphas.
OKMagazine.com: Were there as many alphas as there were on Jersey Shore? MS: Well this was the first show where everyone was in a relationship so there’s a line that you try not to cross because you don’t want to offend couples. It wasn’t an easy to show to do but it was very rewarding at the end of the day.
OKMagazine.com: Mike, clearly your sobriety and your legal issues are a point of contention in your relationship. Will we see a lot of that play out? MS: Yes, of course. Sobriety and some of the issues that I’ve had in the past, it’s definitely brought up. You’ll hear a lot about myself and how Lauren, the love of my life, how she helped me deal with my sobriety and how we’re moving forward.
OKMagazine.com: In the first episode the other couples give you the title of “Settled For Less.” Lauren, are you offended by that at all? LP: You know what, we weren’t offended by that. Being Mike’s girlfriend and everyone knowing him as the playboy personality he was on Jersey Shore, I’m used to a lot of things so it didn’t really effect me. But it shows we have things to work on.
OKMagazine.com: Did you get any advice from former Jersey Shorecastmates Jenni and Roger before doing the show since they were on thefirst season of Marriage Boot Camp? MS: No, I didn’t get any advice from Jenni or Roger. I did hear about them going on the show and I did hear about how she did on the show, but Jenni is a different person just like I’m a different person and I handle myself different on any show that I do.
OKMagazine.com: You weren’t at Snooki’s wedding, but do you think you’ll be invited to Jwoww’s? MS: I really hope that I’m invited to the wedding because if I have a wedding shortly I would invite all of my castmates from Jersey Shore. They’re always going to be a big part of my life. I’m hoping that I get invited but if not, I guess I’ll have to deal with it.
OKMagazine.com: Speaking of weddings, Mike, your sister was recently featured on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. Lauren, are you next to go wedding dress shopping? LS: I would love to go to Kleinfeld’s but you’ll have to stay tuned to see if that happens…(laughs) MS: We’re moving towards that next step, it’s just a matter of when and you’ll see very shortly.
Season 3 of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars premieres Friday, May 29 at 9pm on We TV! Are you excited to see The Situation in a relationship? Think he’ll be invited to the next Jersey Shore wedding? Tweet us @OKMagazine. “
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