Zack is far from some random guy, the athlete is pals with Jenni’s younger brother. He actually attended the MTV star’s wedding to Roger Mathews and even wished them a happy one-year anniversary by posting a throwback from their nuptials.
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JWoww and Roger officially filed for divorce but still seemed to be on friendly terms. In November 2018, the truck driver told Us Weekly they were “working on things.”
Sadly, things turned extremely rocky over the coming months with Jenni calling her ex an “abuser.” Roger later said they “both embarrassed” themselves by publicly airing their dirty laundry. Despite the turmoil, the exes found a way to be civil and even celebrated Easter 2019 together as a family.
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JWoww hinted at dating someone new with a photo of a cute date night on her Instagram Stories. While she kept Zack’s identity private, she teased he would be on the longtime reality show.
“We’re filming Jersey Shore right now, and we nicknamed him ’24,’” she said during an appearance on Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s podcast, “It’s Happening With Snooki & Joey.”
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By the end of the month, her new man had been identified based on the glimpses she shared of the stud via social media. Welcome to the family, Zack!
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The following month, they solidified their relationship with a cuddled up selfie. “The best time, every time,” Zack captioned a sweet photo with Jenni.
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The New Jersey native and AEW wrestler made their first red carpet appearance during the 2019 CMT Awards in coordinating black-and-white outfits. Later that month, they also attended the MTV Movie & TV Awards.
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Zack shut down pregnancy speculation about Jenni on his Instagram Stories and told fans to “stop being idiots.”
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The MTV babe’s divorce from Roger is finally settled after nearly a year. Days later, Zack publicly thanks his girlfriend for “loving and accepting” him.
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The Naturally Woww founder is clearly smitten with her beau — and doesn’t care who knows it. “I can’t stop having sex,” she said on Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. “[You know] when you’ve ever dated someone, when you’re so, like, infatuated and attracted to them, you just chill with them, like, all day?”
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There’s trouble in paradise six months into their romance when Zack was seen getting handsy with Angelina Pivarnick on Jersey Shore. “After seeing tonight’s episode I’m pretty hurt,” JWoww wrote on Instagram after the episode aired. “I feel disrespected by someone I called a friend and by someone who stated they loved me.”
She continued, “For [five] months I was kept in the dark about this. For [five] months I was naive, probably laughed at and made into a story line that will forever haunt me. My heart hurts on so many levels. One thing I learned from tonight’s episode is know your value. Don’t ever lower your standards.”
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“I made mistakes that I cannot take back, which I take full responsibility for. … I sincerely apologize to Jenni. I apologize to Angelina as well,” the athlete wrote on his Instagram Story at the time.
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Their split was short-lived because they reunited for a getaway to Universal Studios later that month after being seen at a New Jersey theme park with her two kids.
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The pair were on good terms once again, and Zack solidified their status by gushing over Jenni on Instagram. “You mean absolutely everything to me,” he wrote. “You are my world. You are tremendously special in so many ways. You are an absolutely gorgeous woman inside and out. We are incredible together, and I want to be by your side for the rest of time. I love you @jwoww.”
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The stud gave Jenni a cute planner that read “Organized Chaos” to help keep track of her new schedule while quarantining amid the coronavirus pandemic. She raved over the sweet gesture on her Instagram Story.
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Jenni’s beau joined her and the kids to celebrate her son Greyson’s birthday. Zack said he “loved seeing him smile the whole day” and noted his gorgeous girlfriend planned the “perfect” birthday.
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The couple enjoyed a Sunday dinner and drinks by the fire while quarantining amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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The couple snapped a cozy selfie while celebrating the Fourth of July 2020.
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Zack shared a series of his favorite photos with Jenni in honor of Valentine’s Day 2021.
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Jenni took to Instagram to announce their engagement! “On 2.27 I said yes on the top of the Empire State Building 💜💗 @zackclayton,” she captioned this sweet shot.