So, I'm sure you've heard the gossip by now: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi's pregnant. Well, we think. The official announcement should come at literally any second now! Maybe! According to various sources!
Since the gossip rags have pretty much exhausted their energy on whether or not Polizzi actually IS knocked up, the latest news is whether or not she's holding out on an announcement in order to sell her story to the highest bidder. Naturally, people are calling her tacky for doing so, but I say more power to her. Hawk that belly, Snooki.
It probably sounds a little silly to defend the most out-there reality star for wanting to keep something private, but really, whether or not she's pregnant is her business and no one else's. The fact that more people have been searching Google for "Snooki pregnant" than Davy Jones' death certainly shows the level of attention aimed at her right now, though. The public wants to know, dammit! So we can immediately begin criticizing her not just as a pint-sized party girl known for her various drunken antics and hookups, but as a mother, too!
The truth is, there could be all kinds of reasons she's not announcing her pregnancy. She could be waiting for a second trimester reveal, like many pregnant women choose to do. She could be working things out with MTV—after all, if she truly is pregnant, the network must be doing some full-scale panicking about the creative direction behind the now-filming Jersey Shore spinoff that stars Snooki and JWoww.
She could certainly be holding out for the highest paycheck from an exclusive magazine announcement, and how can you possibly blame her for trying? One rumor that's picking up speed is that Snooki shopped the story to several celebrity magazines before brokering a deal to announce the news on the cover of Us Weekly. Hey, why not? With her lucrative franchise possibly in jeopardy, I think she's smart as hell to take the money and run. Also, knowing how much bank she probably made from that diet pill endorsement last year, I wouldn't be surprised if she's putting another weight loss deal in place for a post-baby slimdown, a la Jessica Simpson.
And finally, it's possible she may not be pregnant after all. I mean, I doubt it—with these many rumors, I'm going with the "where there's smoke, there's a bun in the oven" theory—but she did flat-out deny the pregnant just a few weeks ago on Good Morning America, saying,
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.
Whatever her reasons are for staying quiet while the gossip reaches full media saturation, it's her prerogative. It's her body, her future, her career, and however she wants to confirm or deny is totally up to her. Frankly, with all the criticism and jokes that are already coming her way, I'd be taking my time on this particular announcement too.
Do you think it's tacky if Snooki is trying to sell her pregnancy story to a magazine?
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