Motherhood has tamed Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.
“I hate drinking now,” the kind-hearted reality star, 25, tells me Thursday during a wedding cake-eating competition to celebrate the tenth and final season of WEtv’s Bridezillas held at The Plaza at Madison Square Garden in NYC.
“I’d rather be with my son, and I’d rather be home instead of going out, so I haven’t been to a club in I don’t know how long, and I don’t have the urge to go to a club."
Having spent two nights out with Snooki in 2011 (her drunken, skirt-raising antics continue to be legendary at The Pool After Dark inside Harrah's Resort Atlantic City) and 2012, just before she announced her pregnancy, it's a groundbreaking statement.
Nowadays, she sees the downsides of imbibing.
“I gain weight, which I hate, and then also, you wake up the next day, and you have to take care of a child, and it’s not fun when you have a hangover. If I do drink, it’s when I travel or I’m away, but other than that, I can have fun without drinking.”
Not only has she bid adieu to her beverage of choice, Pinot Grigio, but she’s also healthier now that she’s taking better care of herself.
“I go to the gym every day,” the pint-sized powerhouse says. “I mean, I have these huge muscles [flexes arm—ha!], and I’m fit now. I lost almost 50 lbs., so it’s definitely changed my life.”
She’s careful to maintain her “hot mom” status, and has made changes accordingly.
“l have a trainer, so he trains me five days a week, and I do cardio on the weekends,” she explains. “I upped my cardio now just to keep this [uses arms to show off body] the way it is.”
That’s not all, though.
“He sends me meals, so I eat basically chicken, vegetables and salads.”
During the event, which takes place outside in the sun on a hot, sweaty, 92-degree day, Snooki cheers on the ten women competing for $10,000 to put towards their nuptials.
“This is for your dream wedding—let’s go, girls!”
It’s not easy. Wedding-gown clad women are tasked with eating a whole wedding cake while their hands are tied behind their backs— in five minutes—without throwing up. Spit (and cake) tumbles from winner Jennifer Paolotti’s mouth as she devours a good 85 percent of a three-tier wedding confection. Vom! It looks painful.
Snooki acknowledges the difficulty.
“I’d throw up everywhere if I was in it,” she says.
What will winner Jennifer do with the newfound cash?
“I’m putting it towards the wedding venue,” Jen tells the crowd.
Spoken like a true bridezilla.
Catch the tenth and final season premiere of Bridezillas, which begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET on WEtv.
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