Last night, pretty much the whole cast of Jersey Shore walked the red carpet at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Heck, Pauly D and Vinny even hosted the pre-show for the major event! Fans couldn’t help but wonder, where is Ronnie Ortiz-Magro? He’s been missing from a lot of events lately, making fans wonder if he’s quitting the show. Luckily, he set the record straight about his “time off” on Aug. 21.

“Everyone keeps asking where I’ve been, Why wasn’t I at the #VMAs or other #JSFV events with my lovely cast mates,” Ronnie began beside an adorable photo of his baby girl Ariana. “I’ve chosen to take some time off to be a father to my beautiful daughter.”

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Everyone keeps asking where I’ve been, Why wasn’t I at the #VMA’s or other #JSFV events with my lovely cast mates. I’ve chosen to take some time off to be a father to my beautiful daughter. I’ve got to experience everything in my life thankfully because of #JS & #MyFans. There’s nothing that can replace the feeling of being a father. Thank you for all the love & support and no I have not quit #jS. I am just choosing to take time so I can watch my daughter grow and be apart of a life not just in her life and be an amazing father. I rather be there for her in person than have to watch her grow through Text messages & IG posts. I can give her everything in the world but if I can’t give her a relationship or a bond than all of this is for nothing at the end of the day. #FeelingOfSeeingThatFaceInTheMorningIsIrreplacable#NeverKnowThatFeelingTillYouLookYourSeedInTheEyes #JSFV2 #PreimereThisJerzday

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Ronnie went on to explain that while he’s gotten to experience so much thanks to Jersey Shore, “there’s nothing that can replace the feeling of being a father.” He went on to thank his fans for their continued love and support, and promised he “has not quit #JS.” 

“I am just choosing to take time so I can watch my daughter grow and be a part of her life, and be an amazing father,” he continued. “I’d rather be there for her in person than have to watch her grow through text messages & IG posts. I can give her everything in the world but if I can’t give her a relationship or a bond then all of this is for nothing at the end of the day.” He also said that the feeling of seeing her face every morning is “irreplacable.” 

Ronnie has had some major hiccups over the last year, between cheating on and fighting with his baby mama, but this actually seems like an incredibly mature decision. We’re proud of you Ronnie, keep being an awesome dad!