Snooki with her fiancé, Jionni, and their son, Lorenzo.
Snooki may be looking especially teensy nowadays thanks to her new healthy lifestyle, but don’t let her small stature fool you. She’s still a force to be reckoned with when it comes to defending herself and her family against the haters.
In two sneak peeks for the next “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” Snooks reveals that, while the bullies she encounters today are armed with cameras and falsified stories, she’s been dealing with tormentors since her teenage years, and those experiences helped her become the tough chick she is now. “I have a thick skin, because in high school, I was always bullied by the older girls,” she says. “[And it] taught me to be a bigger person.”
That mentality served her well during her wild “Jersey Shore” tenure, when the target on her back was bigger than ever, but it wasn’t the mean tabloid articles that prompted her transformation from pint-sized pickle pirate to healthy and hot mama: It was her son. “I didn’t really care what I looked like,” she says of her meatball days. “But once I had Lorenzo, I was like, ‘You know what, I want to be that person I always envisioned myself to be,’ and that’s a fit mom…He’s not getting any lighter, and I need to be able to hold him ’til he’s 20!”
Check out the clips, and don’t miss Snooki’s full interview, Sunday night at 10/9c on OWN.
Photo: Snooki’s Instagram