'Leaked' Photo of Snooki's Baby Sends Fans Into a Frenzy

Great news, everyone who's been waiting with bated breath for a photo of Snooki's brand-new baby boy! You've likely heard that magazines and photo agencies were embroiled in a major bidding war to nail the rights to publish images of little Lorenzo LaValle -- and the resulting People cover photo was just released yesterday -- but thanks to the magic of Twitter, an exclusive photo of the wee babe made the rounds a little early.

Are you ready for this much adorableness? Check out the magic that is ...

NOT Snooki's kid. Whomp whomp.

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The happy parents! Not.

Although fans were initially fooled by the picture ("OMG Snooki finally posted a picture of Lorenzo! So cute!!!"), Snooki herself cleared up the confusion with the following eloquent statement:

That's our nephew lol

Apparently the image was posted to a fake JWoww Instagram account and things went from there. The public fervor over the Not-Really-Lorenzo photo was probably great news for Snooki, who reportedly hoped to sell exclusive peeks at her newborn for between $250,000 and $500,000. She even deleted the following photo of Lorenzo's nursery after sharing it via Twitter -- maybe at her agent's request?


Knowing that Snooki was holding out for the big bucks, it seems pretty obvious that she wouldn't go posting a random photo like the one seen on Twitter. I mean, here's the REAL photo:


Yup, professionally-lit and attention-grabbing and all the things we'd expect from a hugely popular Celebrity Baby Revelation. Way to nail the coveted People spread, Snooki! That'll buy a lot of ... leopard-print stuff, I'm sure.

So, now that we've actually seen little Lorenzo, can we maybe stop describing him as a "hairy meatball"? Because the little dude looks pretty cute, and not at all like this:


Did you get fooled by the "fake" Snooki baby photo?

Images via Twitter, Instagram, People, Threadless

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