“I’m taking a break,” Vinny Guadagnino, 25, tells me this week of his dating status, insisting he doesn’t have a girlfriend, during the Samsung Hope For Children event at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC. “I’m not looking for love. If it comes, it comes.”
To catch his eye, the host of MTV’s Show With Vinny prefers certain traits.
“I like exotic,” he says. “I like brunette. I feel like you can learn something from another person, like if they have an accent, you can learn about their culture, and be constantly intrigued about it.”
As for his celebrity crush?
“I do like Rihanna, but I don’t have a celebrity crush because when you’re in that world, they become regular people to you. But I do think they’re all very beautiful— Rihanna especially.”
Ha! He’s arrived—and has sworn off online dating.
“Never,” the Staten Island native says. “I don’t have to anymore!”
Not only should his dream girl be exotic, but she needs to have an easygoing personality.
“I look for understanding, right now if I was to have one, because I’m in a crazy lifestyle,” he says. “It’s a lot of attention and a lot of different parties to go to. You need a girl that understands all that and doesn’t get jealous over that.”
On a first date, count on Vinny to be caring.
“I like to do things that the girl is interested in, so if she likes art, I like to take her to a museum, or if she likes basketball, we’ll go to a Knicks game,” he says. “I don’t just like cheesy ‘let’s go to a movie or a restaurant and stare at each other for an hour.’”
He continues, “I want her to be comfortable. When two people are happy, you can see the real side of them. When you’re on a date, it’s awkward—it’s like a whole front up. You don’t get to see the real person. You let your guard down a little bit when you’re comfortable, like on my talk show, people are coming and they’re sitting in a house eating food with a regular mom feeding them. They become regular, little kids again. You get to see the real them.”
Speaking of mom Paola, would she need to approve of the lady in question?
"She would, but at the end of the day, she would want me to be happy more than anything,” he says.
Watch out: Her intuition has been right in the past.
“Sometimes she might not have liked her, but she never said anything,” he says. “Maybe after the fact when the girl was over and done with, she would’ve said something, but not while I’m still with her.”
Vinny stays real about the reasons he’s a great catch.
“I come from a good family, I’m on a hit TV show [laughs], at the end of the day, I’m honest, and I’m myself. I’m not trying to be anyone else.”
Still, he’s in no rush to settle down.
“One day I’d like to have a family—definitely not anytime soon. [laughs] I’m young. I can hardly hold a girlfriend, so I can’t even hold kids.”
Catch The Show With Vinny, which airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.
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