When Jersey Shore premiered on MTV in 2009, few could have predicted that it would become a cultural phenomenon and a must-watch show. The reality series featured seven roommates living in a house at the Jersey Shore and balancing their time between partying, working at the T-shirt shop, and of course, GTL-ing.
The series made household names out of stars Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Vinny Guadagnino, Pauly D, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Deena Cortese (who joined in Season 3 after Angelina Pivarnick's exit), and Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola.
One of the central focuses on Jersey Shore was the burgeoning love story between Ronnie and Sammi.
By the end of the first season, the two were engaged in an on-and-off romance that would last beyond the show's end in 2012.
Sammi became known for shouting "Ron, STOP" and for crying about how he treated her. After the couple split for good in 2014, it was no surprise that Sammi decided not to join the show's revival, Jersey Shore Family Vacation, in 2017.
Where is Sammi "Sweetheart" now? The former roommate got engaged to someone else for a while and became focused on ventures outside of reality TV — but she actually decided in 2023 to return to the Jersey Shore fam! Read on for details.
Where is Sammi "Sweetheart" now?
While her former co-stars went on to continue traveling, arguing, and filming together for Jersey Shore Family Vacation, Sammi initially declined to be part of the reboot, citing that she had moved on in life. Original cast member Angelina Pivarnick was slowly reintroduced to the group, and she became a regular in Season 2 of the revival.
Sammi later wrote in an Instagram post from March of 2018 that she was "at a completely different place" in her life and that she was focused on her business and relationship with her then-partner, Christian Biscardi.
Sammi is the owner of the online clothing and accessory brand Sweetheart Styles, which also sells home decor. In 2021, she even brought her online business to the Ocean City, N.J., boardwalk, with the opening of her store Sweetheart Coast. The store appears to be open on summer weekends.
In addition to owning her own business, Sammi uses her huge Instagram following to sponsor products for an additional form of income. As one of the only original cast members to actually be from New Jersey, Sammi has stayed close to home and she still resides in the Garden State.
But in March 2023, Sammi surprised fans with the news that she was returning to the fam and would be appearing on Jersey Shore Family Vacation.
"She’s still the sweetest b---h you’ll ever meet," the official Jersey Shore Instagram account posted in March 2023.
Meanwhile, Sammi posted on her Instagram around that same time, "OK I can finally say… I’m backkk!"
Naturally, fans went wild at the news of the OG cast member's return.
Sammi Sweetheart has definitely moved on from her relationship with Ronnie.
In March 2019, Sammi revealed that she had gotten engaged to her boyfriend of two years, Christian Biscardi. His now-deactivated LinkedIn page revealed in 2021 that he was vice president of Derek Automotive Technologies, Inc. — so he didn't exactly share reality TV roots with his fiancée.
A year after she got engaged, Sammi confirmed that she had purchased a dress for her upcoming nuptials. But, things changed after the coronavirus pandemic led to a nationwide lockdown. A source told Us Weekly in April of 2020 that Christian and Sammi were delaying their wedding until September of 2020, but it didn't happen then, either.
In June 2021, eagle-eyed fans noticed Sammi had deleted all of her photos featuring Christian and also unfollowed him on the social media app. The following month, Sammi confirmed on TikTok that she was single.
She then began dating Justin May in August 2021, writing on Instagram on their one-year anniversary: "The best 365 days with you."