Though Vinny, 31, and Pauly, 38, have been longtime friends with the 32-year-old EMT worker, her mental health struggles came as a big surprise to the bros — turns out, the guys found out about her situation on the Internet, like most people did.
“This was news to me that Angelina was struggling. I feel bad,” Pauly told Life & Style. “I had no idea and I had to find out on social media, so I didn’t know she was going through a hard time. I feel bad.”
Vinny also revealed the Jersey Shore alum didn’t initially reach out to him for support, either. “No, never, personally,” he explained. “We didn’t see any of that on the show as well.” Neither did viewers, as Angelina played things pretty close to the vest on Family Vacation.
“She felt that that was her time to come out,” Pauly praised his costar and friend. “So I give her a lot of credit for speaking publicly about it.” Vinny also sent her a message of solidarity. “We all have our own things that we deal with in our personal life,” he said.
He’s definitely right about that — and Angelina is dealing with a lot. On March 1, the MTV star revealed her struggle with depression to Life & Style exclusively. “I’ve been struggling with depression due to a lot going on in my life,” she said. “And sometimes it doesn’t even have to be anything, I just get depressed out of nowhere.”
“I tore my whole back, and I was never the same. I still hold the job as a [Fire Department of New York] EMT,” she revealed, but noted she’s been taking it easy on the job ever since the incident. “It’s been a struggle. I am not the same.”
Angelina had been keeping her mental health issues so on lock that even fans and followers were unaware of the struggles — similar to how even close pals Pauly and Vinny were in the dark. “Fans don’t know [that I struggle with depression],” she said. “It’s a lot to deal with. I sleep at 6 p.m. most nights from depression.”
Angie spoke about seeking help, though she thinks it may take a little time to really start feeling better. “I just started talking to someone, and I still feel like it’s not helping,” she said. “Maybe because it’s new.”
But either way, she wants others battling the same types of mental illnesses to pursue the help they really need. “I want people out there to know they aren’t alone and to get the help they need,” she said, even offering up her DMs to fans and followers. “If they ever want to talk, message me.”