After LaValle denied the speculation, their Jersey Shoreco-star Jenni “JWoww” Farley came to their defense.
“It was real heartbreaking but it needed to be said,” Farley told Us Weekly of LaValle’s statement. “I love them. I love everything about them and what they have going on.” Farley explained how LaValle is “shy” when it comes to the cameras and is a “very quiet person.”
“He just wants Nicole’s job to be Nicole’s job,” she said.“I know they’re fantastic, but they’re quiet. When a couple wants to be quiet or one of them is in the spotlight and one isn’t; people assume cheating, lying, leaving each other, divorce, when that’s really not the case.They grew closer I think over the years. It’s sad that they had to put that out there, but it’s also refreshing. I thought he had a lot of people back him up on that which was wonderful.”
Star reported in December that there might be marital trouble.
“Jionni never goes out with her and she seems to be going out a lot,” a source said.“He can’t say he has to take care of the kids cause they live a few minutes away from his entire family.”
The insider added how the father of Lorenzo, 5, and Giovanna, 3, seems “more into being a dad than a husband.”
The speculation started when Polizzi, 30, stopped posting photos of her husband on social media. He was also absent from the family’s Christmas card shoot.
Polizzi went to former co-star Deena Cortese’s October wedding to Chris Buckner solo.
LaValle defended his marriage in an Instagram rant earlier this week.“My wife is filming a scene packing up and leaving for her new show and I am choosing not to be on TV because I simply do not like it,” he wrote. “I own my own business and work hard at it, that’s what I do. My wife is a reality star and works hard at that, that’s what she does.”
He added that they are “not divorced.”
“Nicole and I are doing great and became even strong together while raising our beautiful kids,” he wrote.