If you’ve kept up with Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from MTV’s Jersey Shore, you know he hasn’t had the easiest life journey. In addition to being painted as one of the biggest villains reality TV has ever seen and taking a few punches to the face from co-star Ronnie Ortiz, the reality star has had a few run-ins with the law. From fraud cases to time in prison, at some point, Mike found himself down on his luck.
In addition to his Jersey Shore checks, which were bringing in over $1 million per season after Season 2, it still wasn’t enough to keep him or his drug addiction afloat. To make ends meet, he considered selling the one thing he looked at as his “insurance policy.” The Situation’s sex tape.
The Situation almost sold a sex tape for extra cash
“I was down on my luck, and I wanted to soften the fall, and there was that emergency sex tape,” Mike told Entertainment Tonight. “I had to tell my mother and [now-wife] Lauren, ‘I have to do this; it’s been here for years.’ And we went down that journey of selling it, and we decided not to.”
The Jersey Shore OG said he “destroyed” the tape after the lackluster offers from competitors. “It wasn’t as big of an upfront payment as I wanted. It wasn’t Jersey Shore money, so I wasn’t going to put myself out there like that.”
Mike has spoken publicly about his close relationship with his mother and wife and more extensively about the night they “saved” his life.
“I told myself, ‘Maybe I’ll just try [the heroin].’ So I locked my door and told [my wife] Lauren that I was going to sleep for the night and that I wanted to be alone … I just took a little key bump of it, and I tried it,” he explained.
“So then I went in for another key bump, and at that very moment, my phone rings. It was my mother. And my mom’s like, ‘Are you okay?’ She had a feeling. And I said, ‘I’m fine, mom, why?’ She goes, ‘I feel like something’s wrong.’”
He continued, saying the phone call was a “come-to-God moment” that changed his trajectory for the better.
Keep up with Mike and the rest of the Jersey Shore cast on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.
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