Source: Snooki's New Boyfriend Isn't "the Typical Gorilla"

Celebrity Body Oct. 11, 2010 AT 2:48PM
Source: Snooki's New Boyfriend Isn't "the Typical Gorilla" Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Snookin' for love no more.

Days after Jersey Shore's Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi shot down rumors of her own reality dating show, a source tells UsMagazine.com she's found a new love match.

"She wasn't sure about him at first and kept asking her friends what they thought of him," the source says of Polizzi's new guy, Jionni LaValle. "She was hesitant because he isn't the typical gorilla."

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LaValle, 23, joined Polizzi at New York City's Butter last month, but it wasn't until recently that things got serious. Taking her romance public at a weekend club gig in Pennsylvania, the reality star Twittered that LaValle has already gotten tight with her dad.

"My dad and boo are bonding," Polizzi, 22, Twittered Saturday as the trio drove to Pennsylvania for the appearance. "Oh just another 3 hours of this."

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The insider tells Us LaValle is a refreshing change from Polizzi's prior beau, Emilio Masella. The couple split in April after Polizzi suspected Masella was using her to advance his own career.

"Emilio was always trying to be all in the photos and making it about him and her when it was fan shots," the source reveals. "Jionni is great. He is so quiet and isn't trying to be in the spotlight."

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