Pauly D Is a Proud Father — Let's Meet His Daughter, Amabella

DJ Pauly D is known for his time on 'Jersey Shore' and 'Double Shot at Love.' He's also a proud father. Let's meet Amabella and her baby mama.

Allison Cacich - Author

Jul. 21 2023, Updated 4:04 p.m. ET

So far, Jersey Shore star Pauly D is keeping the fist-pumping party going. When he's not starring on the MTV reality series, he is a DJ in Las Vegas, where he has a residency at Marquee Nightclub.

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However, what fans might not know is that Pauly also has another major job in his life — being a dad. He's a proud father to his daughter Amabella, who he welcomed in 2013, with his ex Amanda Markert.

Here’s a quick refresher on DJ Pauly D's foray into parenthood — and see his daughter today!

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Who is Pauly D’s daughter?

In October 2013, Pauly announced that a one-night stand with former waitress Amanda Markert had resulted in the birth of a daughter, Amabella Sophia.

Despite that rocky start, the TV personality is now a dedicated dad and gushed about his precocious daughter on the red carpet. "I see all my traits in her," he shared. "She’s going to be a prank champion already. She knows everything already, she’s smart."

In an interview with People, the proud parent added, "She’s my life. She’s my princess. She’s a little mini-me. She wants to be a DJ — I got her a DJ room. She’s scratching records already. She’s so funny. She just wants to follow me around and do every single thing that I do."

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In May 2023, Pauly celebrated his daughter's 10th birthday, where they rocked matching purple outfits. Pauly also brought along his current girlfriend, Nikki Hall, who he met while filming his dating show, Double Shot at Love alongside his Jersey Shore co-star Vinny Guadagnino.

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Who is Pauly D’s baby mama?

Although the father-daughter duo has finally found their rhythm, Pauly’s relationship with Amabella’s mother has been far from perfect. Let's get to know Pauly's baby mama.

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TMZ previously reported that Amanda Markert, who used to work at Hooters, met the famous fist-pumper during a pool party in Las Vegas. The one-time hookup was allegedly a spur-of-the-moment thing and led to a nasty custody battle.

The parents eventually came to an agreement over their daughter’s living arrangement and appear to have put all that ugliness behind them. Although Pauly never shares photos of his only child on social media, Amanda frequently posts updates about their little girl, as well as her older son, Mikey, from a previous relationship.

The brunette beauty's conflicts with Pauly marked the second time she had a major run-in with a baby daddy. After her identity was revealed in 2013, TMZ discovered court documents stating that Amanda was arrested in July 2009 for assaulting her ex, Lance Gerbino, who’s believed to be Mikey’s father. The charge against her was eventually dropped after she completed an anger management course.

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