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03/07/2012 06:48 pm ET Updated Mar 07, 2012

Jionni Lavalle, Snooki's Fiance: Who Is He?

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi confirmed her pregnancy to Us Weekly Wednesday, after weeks of speculation that the "Jersey Shore" star was expecting. She also confirmed her engagement to boyfriend Jionni LaValle.

But who exactly is Snooki's fiance and baby daddy?

Snooki has been dating the 24-year-old from East Hanover, New Jersey for a year and a half.

Last year, she told Jay Leno that LaValle was "a wrestling coach for little kids" and that he was going to school to become a gym teacher. She also told People that LaValle is a big Miami Dolphins fan. The couple first met at a Seaside Heights club called Karma in August 2010.

But will there be a show about their newlywed life? It's not likely. "He doesn't give a [expletive] about [celebrities]," Snooki told People last year. She also added that LaValle "freaked out" when he saw a photo of himself and Snooki in a magazine: "He said, 'I don't want to be in that world.'"

Despite his reservations about being in the spotlight, LaValle had no problem letting the world know that he was happy about the couple's pregnancy.

"Thank You everyone!!" he tweeted on Wednesday. "Sorry about that wait but glad everyones happy!! Nicole and I are real excited!! Our baby is going to be #ShortnTan"

He was also protective of his new fiancee. "For All u jealous, disrespectful haters out there, u see what u wana see on tv!" he tweeted. "My fiancé and I n JR are going to be so happy!

According to ABC News, the newly-engaged couple won't be tying the knot for at least another year so that the new baby can be a part of the wedding, and so that the reality TV star can lose weight after her pregnancy.

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