Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Talks Life After Rehab, Jen Harley and Leaving Las Vegas
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The "Jersey Shore" star is ready to leave behind everything that doesn't help make him a better person.

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has just revealed in a series of interviews that he went to rehab for alcohol abuse and depression, referring to this past year as his personal rock bottom.

Without necessarily pointing to his tumultuous relationship with on-again, off-again girlfriend Jen Harley, the "Jersey Shore" star made it clear he was ready to leave behind everything that did not help make him a better person.

When Us Weekly asked Ronnie about the current status of his relationship with Jen, he kept it cordial, saying, "She's always gonna be the mother of my child. I can only control myself and the things that I do, and at the end of the day, I wanna be the best father I can be, and that means that I have to take care of myself. Because if I'm not taking care of myself, I can't take care of my daughter, I can't take care of my family, and that's something that I always thrive off of."

Ronnie also said he's planning on moving out of Las Vegas. "I'm looking to relocate to L.A. Vegas was, you know, I just didn't have any structure or routine," he said. "I'm a guy that likes to go outside. I love the beach."

When asked if 10-month-old daughter Ariana -- who he shares with Jen -- would be going with him, Ron said, "I'm hoping. We'll see. All I can do is be the best person I'm gonna be and be this best father. If she doesn't live with me, she'll grow up to the point where she's able to make her own choice and say, 'I wanna live with dad.' Or I wanna stay where she wants to stay. Whatever she wants to do, I'm gonna support her."

"That little girl is like my guardian angel, I say to this day," he added. "She saved my life, because without her, I don't think I would've taken this step, because it's like, what do I have to lose? I'd be a single guy, doing whatever I want, but now, I'm a father. I'm a role model. I have to remember she's getting older. She's not getting younger! She's getting older and smarter. She's gonna start asking questions. And the things that I've done over the last course of the year, I wouldn't be walking around with my head held high if she was older."

When asked if he ever planned on telling Ariana about his experience with going to treatment, the 33-year-old said, "Of course I'm gonna tell her. I feel like it's something that she needs to know. I'm gonna be very open with her when she grows up. I want us to have that friendship, you know what I mean? I mean, I'm gonna be a strict father. Boys better watch out! But I want her to be able to come talk to me."

"This is also a reason why I did this because I wanna be able to listen to people and be able to not react," he added. "I want her to be like, 'Okay, I can talk to my father about this. I can tell him this without getting crazy like most dads do.' I hope and I pray that we do have that bond when she gets older."

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