Jersey Shore star Mike Sorrentino will begin his prison sentence in January.
Castmate Vinny Guadagnino spoke about Mike's unfortunate situation, and praised his buddy for his strength.
He also revealed that Mike had made one major request of him and the others.
In an interview with The Blast that we've included for you in this post, Vinny addresses Mike Sorrentino's unhappy circumstances.
He says that even though Mike is going to jail, he's staying astoundingly strong.
"Mike is stronger than everyone right now," Vinny gushes.
As he speaks, he is cradling a dog, because this interview took place at the North Shore Animal League of America’s fundraiser.
"So," Vinny says. "We kind of look at him as an inspiration."
Not an inspiration to deliberately go to prison, of course, but an inspiration in how to act in the face of adversity.
"Honestly," Vinny continues. "He's handling it like a champ."
Vinny characterizes: "He's like 'Yo, I'm fine.'"
Yeah, that sounds like The Situation to us.
Vinny continues: "He's like, 'I got this.'"
It's good to have a reasonably positive attitude when you're facing eight months behind bars.
You of course do not want to be in denial, but you want to already be looking at the light at the end of that tunnel.
Otherwise, you'll be much more miserable than you have to be.
Vinny then reveals that Mike made a request of him and of the rest of his castmates.
Some people need plants watered, or a pet given shelter, while they're in prison.
Mike had a different favor to ask.
Vinny shares: "He's like, 'I need you guys to take care of Lauren for me and just hold it down while I'm gone.'"
Mike Sorrentino married Lauren Pesce right at the start of November, when most people were still recovering from their Halloween celebrations.
Getting married right before being locked away is a very complicated thing to do.
He wants to make sure that Lauren has emotional support in his absence.
Overall, Vinny makes it clear that Mike is in the best state possible, given the circumstances.
"He's honestly good," Vinny characterizes.
Now, maybe Mike has been putting a positive spin on his mental and emotional state as he braces for incarceration.
(That's what you do, right?)
And maybe Vinny knows this, but is eager to portray Mike at his best to avoid giving anyone fodder to insult or spread rumors about Mike.
Mike will miss two-thirds of 2019, but that's only part of his sentence for tax evasion.
The reality star has been ordered to complete 500 hours of community service.
He has been fined $10,000 -- and is required to pay the amount within 30 days.
All of this is on top of the $123,913 that he has already paid in restitution.
No one should commit crimes such as tax evasion, but this is especially true for reality stars, who are constantly under a microscope.
When it comes to a trial, prosecutors don't want to be accused of going easy on famous people for being famous.
The result is, an unfortunate situation ... no pun intended. But it's one we hope he learns from. It's all he can do.