Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is "stepping away" from Jersey Shore as he focuses on his mental health and wellbeing. The 35-year-old said Thursday that he is taking an undisclosed break from the hit MTV reality series as he seeks medical treatment for "mental health issues" that he has long "ignored."
"After talking to the team at MTV, we have mutually agreed that I will step away from the show while I seek medical treatment for mental health issues that I've ignored for too long," the Jersey Shore Family Vacation cast member wrote in a statement shared to his Instagram Stories. He added that his "number one goal" is to face his struggles "head on."
Acknowledging that the "process will be difficult," he said he's focused on being the best dad he can for his and ex-girlfriend Jen Harley's 3-year-old daughter Ariana. He said that his "#1 priority is to get healthy and be the best …