We love it when our meatballs are happy. And last night at the New York Television Festival’s “Love, Loss and Gym, Tan, Laundry: A Farewell to Jersey Shore” event, Deena Nicole Cortese was grinning from ear to ear. Not only is she looking and feeling better than ever, her romance with boyfriend Chris Buckner is getting so serious, they’ve already decided where they’re going to live when they move in together! She opened up to Wetpaint Entertainment about it all.

Wetpaint Entertainment: How are things with you and Chris?

We’re doing great! We actually just got a little puppy, a teacup Yorkie named Callie.

Do you see yourselves moving in together at some point?

Oh yeah. We’re doing it, but probably not for a little bit. We’re going to take our time. But when we do, we’re going to be looking in the Freehold area because that’s near both our parents and we love our parents. We already know that.

You look amazing. How’s the diet going?

Thank you! It’s going good. These last two months, I kind of gave myself a break and took off. I wasn’t in front of the camera anymore and I wanted to indulge. Now, I’m back on it. I could lose a little weight, but I’m feeling really comfortable with myself and where I am.

Besides the weight loss, you’ve also changed the way you’re doing your makeup to a “less is more” approach…

Yes and I also did my teeth.

Has your new look helped you get over some of your past issues with self-confidence?

Yeah, it definitely has. But I still struggle with anxiety. And the public doesn’t help. So that’s why I took a little break from Twitter a few weeks ago. Anxiety is a big issue for me. It always has been. I’m working through it though. And I feel like I came out of the last season of Jersey Shore a really changed person. I came through the other side.

Catch the next new episode of Jersey Shore on Thursday, October 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

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