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We’re always surprised by something on Jersey Shore, but the moment that caught our attention on the Season 6 premiere (Season 6, Episode 1: “Once More Unto the Beach”) was when The Situation revealed how long he’s been dating Paula Pickard.

If you recall, The Sitch was preparing to head to Seaside for the final season, and he was sitting around his family’s breakfast table along with Paula. Mike’s family seemed to know Paula extremely well, and we can’t remember exactly who, but someone said that Paula has been coming around Mike’s house “for years.”

Clearly, The Situation has not been in a committed relationship “for years,” but Mike and Paula have been pretty open about the fact that their relationship was, well, pretty open. This past summer, however, Mike reportedly asked Paula to “make it official.” And since social media is now the ultimate place to announce your relationship status (thanks, Jef Holm!), Paula officially confirmed that she was in a relationship with Mike on Instagram this month. However, if the rumors are anything to go by, it looks like they’ve been officially dating for five months.

That’s a pretty long courting period! But when it comes to love at the Jersey Shore, there are no rules.

UPDATE: Deena Nicole told us on November 16 that she thinks Paula and The Situation are on an "off" period again.

Jersey Shore airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

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