I doubt there is a single soul in America and Europe who hasn’t heard of the world-famous MTV series Jersey Shore. The Jersey Shore series, which hit the airwaves in 2009, exploded upon popular culture with a shock wave. Many people became fanatics of the show, dedicating one night out of the week solely to watch the new episodes as they broadcasted. Others have at least seen one episode. Perhaps one of the most memorable, well-known, and beloved characters from Jersey Shore was Paul DelVecchio, or commonly known as, Pauly D.
Born of humble beginnings, Pauly D was born in the small city of Providence, Rhode Island, in 1980. He and his family moved to Johnston, Rhode Island, where he completed his high school career. Until 2009, Pauly D was unknown to the rest of the world, but that soon changed. On an ordinary day in 2009, Pauly D received a message from the producers of an MTV show that was still in the early stages of planning. The producers simply stated that they liked the way that he looked. He then sent them his phone number, and that sealed his future. Shortly after, he was called to appear on the reality TV show Jersey Shore. Many people believe that Pauly D was called to be a cast member on Jersey Shore because of his music career as a DJ, but he stated that his music career was irrelevant to his role on Jersey Shore. Well-known for his “blowout” hairdo, muscular physique, deep tan, and wild antics, Pauly D went on to star in all six seasons of Jersey Shore. As a result, he was the recipient of the 2011 Teen Choice Award for Best Male Reality Star.
During the final season of Jersey Shore, Pauly D was called to appear as a contestant on the FOX show called The Choice, in June of 2012. There was a brief overlap in which there were two shows starring Pauly D: Jersey Shore and The Pauly D Project. The Pauly D Project only ran for one season on MTV, and portrayed Pauly D’s life as a DJ. TIME Magazine stated: “We’re guessing Pauly D got the spot because he genuinely seems fun and easy to get along with. He’s not known for diva antics like The Situation and doesn’t appear a drunken mess at times, like Nicole and Michael do.”
Pauly D’s fame as a DJ began in 2010 with the release of the hit single “Beat Dat Beat(It’s Time To)”. In 2011, he signed a record deal with 50 Cent’s label, G-Unit, of which he is still a part of. After his career on Jersey Shore and The Pauly D Project, not much was heard from him outside of his music career.
In October of 2013, Pauly D announced that he was a father of a baby girl named Amabella Sophia. It is rumored that he is currently battling for custody of his daughter.
DJ Pauly D Gets First Jersey Shore Spin-Off Show — TIME Magazine
DJ Pauly D Signs to 50-Cent’s Record Label, G-Unit — MTV
‘Jersey Shore’ Star Pauly D Is a Father — ABCNews
Pauly D in custody battle with former fling over 5-month-old daughter: report — NY Daily News