Mike and Lauren Sorrentino have survived many “Situations” during their relationship and marriage — from his prison sentence for tax evasion to taking on reality TV and parenthood together. And through it all, they’ve remained rock solid.
The college sweethearts — who wed in November 2018 — recalled their first date during a May 2021 edition of Us Weekly’s “Not So Newly Married Game.”
“I just did movies and dinner,” Lauren explained. “We are, like, so old that like we dated back when you would go to Blockbuster.”
The MTV personality agreed, noting that Blockbuster — an apparent fixture of their early 2000s dating life — was “the best.”
He continued, “That’s what I’m saying — DVD and chill. And obviously out to dinner. We definitely went to Italian first, pasta and pizza, and then back to DVD and [chill].”
According to Lauren, it was Mike that said “I love you” first way back when.
“Oh, my God. It was so many years ago,” she told Us. “I just know his personality and I know my personality, especially back then — I was very guarded. So even if I had feelings, I never shared that. Like, I’d wait until it was safe, like smooth sailing.”
The New York native confirmed his wife’s story.
“I’m a cancer, so we put our feelings out there pretty quickly. I definitely said it,” he explained. “It was during college. We were college sweethearts. Maybe actually 17 years ago when we first met.”
After dating for a while, the couple split for the entire original run of Jersey Shore. Nevertheless, everything worked out the way it was meant to — the duo have been inseparable since reconnecting in 2013.
“I definitely didn’t follow some of the crazy stuff going on in Jersey Shore. I didn’t like a lot of the things he did, but we weren’t together!” Lauren told Us in May 2015. “Timing is everything — we circled back to each other and we kind of picked back up where we left off.”
In the years since, the pair have certainly made up for lost time — and even starred alongside each other on a different show: Jersey Show: Family Vacation.