Thus far, 2019 has been a tough year for America's favorite band of guidos.
The cast of Jersey Shore has been hit hard by a number of misfortunes, the most notable of which was Mike Sorrentino going to jail for tax fraud.
But while The Situation's situation may have garnered the most headlines, he's certainly not the only member of the Shore family who's been put through the emotional wringer in recent months.
Jenni Farley is in the midst of an ugly divorce from husband Roger Mathews.
At first, the former couple attempted to maintain a facade and indicated to fans that they had simply decided to call it quits.
Eventually, however, it was revealed that Mathews had been abusive toward Farley on several occasions, including at least one that was caught on video.
So it's not surprising that Jenni prefers to keep a low profile these days -- even amidst rumors that she's hooking up with one of her co-stars.
Yes, in recent weeks, it's been widely rumored that Jenni is dating Pauly D.
Like most internet rumors, no one is quite sure where these reports originated or how they spread.
But in this case, many took the radio silence from the alleged couple as an indication that there was some truth to the rumors.
Now, however, a source close to the castmates is setting the record straight and confirming that Jenni and Pauly are, sadly, just friends.
“JWoww and Pauly D find it comical that a story came out about them dating," the insider tells Hollywood Life.
"They are both laughing over the fact that people are romantically linking them together again," the source adds.
"There’s absolutely no truth to any of it. They love each other dearly as friends, but that’s it."
In case she hadn't already made herself clear, the insider went on to say:
"There’s nothing going on and they’re just friends.”
The source says Pauly and Jenni are close -- perhaps even closer than fans of the show realize -- and they do spend a lot of time together.
But past hookups in the Shore house aside, their relationship is completely platonic.
“JWoww and Pauly have nothing but love for one another and are very dear friends and would do anything for one another," says the insider.
"However, Jenni isn’t thinking about dating right now, nor would she look at Pauly like that. She’s so focused on her skincare line Naturally Woww and her kids. Pauly is getting ready to do a dating show with BFF Vinny (Guadagnino), too,”
Yes, it's worth noting that even if JWoww and Pauly D were dating, they would have good reason to keep the relationship on the down-low.
The show probably would probably suffer if one of its stars was revealed to be in a serious relationship.
Besides, if we're 'shipping anyone from the Shore cast, it's gotta be Vinny and Pauly.