Though she has publicly denied she is expecting, sources say "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is indeed pregnant and has plans to bankroll her mommy-to-be status into becoming "the next Kourtney Kardashian."
The Chilean reality star, 24, is carrying her first child by her boyfriend Jionni LaValle, and is roughly three months along, sources told the New York Post.
A few weeks ago, Star Magazine reported that Snooki was pregnant but had told “only her close friends and family.”
When Polizzi went on Good Morning America earlier this month, the star told Lara Spencer, “I definitely do want kids, but I’m not pregnant . . . Being pregnant should be a real thing and a happy thing, and I’m not.”
Since then, Polizzi, who last year lost 20 pounds off of her 4-foot-9 frame by working out, eating healthy and taking a weight-loss supplement, has started filming her new show in Jersey City. Photos taken on the set have shown Polizzi carrying large bags to hide her belly.
Sources said the reality star has already brokered a deal to announce the news on the cover of Us Weekly after she shopped the story to several celebrity magazines.
However, sources told the New York Post that MTV is worried about how to manage the news, given that Polizzi's hard-partying, booze-swilling "Jersey Shore" spinoff with Jenni "J-WOWW" Farley has just begun shooting.
"MTV went into crisis mode after they found out," a source said. "They're trying to hide it because it would greatly affect the creative direction of the show."
The untitled new show focuses on the ladies' relationship as friends and roommates -- and whatever adventures come their way.
A rep for MTV said the network "doesn't comment on series in production." Polizzi's rep declined to comment.
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