Marriage is tough for anyone, but imagine having every moment (good and bad) captured on film for the whole world to judge? Reality shows portraying the married life of various celeb couples are popular because fans get to catch a glimpse into their favourite couples’ private lives, and see how “they are just like us”. But no one wants to watch a reality show about the boring parts of life, like washing the dishes, and running errands. Unless, there is a whole lot of drama to go with it.
While some couples seem like they are doomed from the start, there are others that fans really root for. The pressures of fame, and keeping up an image for the cameras can sometimes prove to be too much for a relationship to handle. Just look at Tori Spelling‘s latest reality TV disaster, True Tori. She wants to stay in the spotlight so desperately, that she is willing to turn her life into a soap opera for fans to laugh at, and make fun of. It is yet to be seen if Tori and Dean will end up on a list just like this in a few months time.
Some of these celebrity couples had a reality show devoted to their unique take on marriage, and other relationships just got caught up in the drama of being a reality show star. Either way, here are 10 celebrity marriages destroyed by reality TV.
Linda & Hulk Hogan
Professional wrestler, Terry Bollea (AKA Hulk Hogan) married Linda in 1983, and they had two children together, Brooke and Nick. In 2005, VH1 premiered the reality show Hogan Knows Best, portraying the Hogan family’s personal life, and the children’s career aspirations. The family went through some hard times on the show, including Nick getting into a car accident which severely injured a passenger in the car. He was charged with reckless driving and underage drinking, and sentenced to 8 months in prison. During filming of the final season of the show, Linda filed for divorce after allegedly finding out her husband had cheated on her with one of her daughter’s friends. There is no guarantee their marriage would have remained intact if their problems weren’t aired on TV, but a little privacy is never a bad thing.
Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey
Who could forget Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson‘s reality show on MTV, Newlyweds? Whether you watched for Jessica asking if tuna was fish or chicken, or the baffled look on Nick’s face every time Jessica said something nonsensical, the show was the perfect guilty pleasure. When asked why she chose to do a reality show during the sometimes bumpy first years of marriage, Jessica said it was good promotion for her second studio album, In This Skin. The newlyweds did become household names thanks to the show, but their marriage ended after only 3 years, their divorce finalizing in June 2006. Now they are both happily married to different people, and Jessica is a multimillionaire. That marriage was just a blip on the radar.
Adrianne Curry & Christopher Knight
Former Brady Bunch star, Christopher Knight, and the first ever America’s Next Top Model winner, Adrianne Curry were an odd match from the beginning. They met while on MTV’s The Surreal Life in 2005, and started dating (reluctantly on Knight’s part) after the show wrapped up. They were then given their own show, My Fair Brady, which documented their undefined relationship. During the first season finale, Knight proposed, and Curry accepted. The next season of the show followed their wedding preparations, and the third, and final season showed them start to grow apart. They seemed to want very different things (he wanted to start a family, and she wanted plastic surgery), which led to a lot of on-again, off-again turmoil. Not surprisingly, they filed for divorce in 2011, and it was finalized in 2012.
Jon & Kate Gosselin
The king of all TLC reality shows has got to be Jon & Kate Plus 8, which showed us the day to day lives of Jon and Kate Gosselin and their eight kids. There was some speculation about whether the children’s well-being was being considered during the filming of the show, or if they were being exploited by their parents and the production company. Jon and Kate always maintained that their children were happy and healthy. When they announced they were divorcing in 2009, their faces became constant tabloid fodder. While the reality show probably didn’t do their relationship any favours, how many people do you think could keep the romance alive with 8 kids running around?
Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries
There may be people betting on how long Kim Kardashian‘s marriage to Kanye West will last, but it is already doing better than her last marriage to basketball player, Kris Humphries. The two got hitched after dating for only 10 months, and their marriage lasted a whopping 72 days, before Kim filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Kris then filed a request for an annulment instead, citing fraud as the reason. This led to speculation (and a confirmation from Kim’s publicist) that the whole relationship was a publicity stunt to bring more attention to the Kardashian brand. Kris appeared on episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, but has claimed he was not portrayed accurately. Their divorce was finalized in June 2013.
Shanna Moakler & Travis Barker
The drummer of Blink 182, Travis Barker, married former beauty queen and Miss USA 1995 runner up, Shanna Moakler in 2004. Their reality show Meet the Barkers only aired on MTV for 2 seasons, and showed the everyday life of the couple and their 2 (eventually 3) kids. Barker filed for divorce in 2006, after the show had wrapped up, and both of them used their Myspace profiles to publicly air their problems. The Barkers are the definition of an on-again, off-again relationship, constantly announcing they are back together, despite their divorce being finalized in 2008. Seems like reality show or not, these two were drama from the start.
Carmen Electra & Dave Navarro
The guitarist of Jane’s Addiction, Dave Navarro, married Playboy playmate, Carmen Electra in 2003. You could say they were a poor man’s Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, and they used that dynamic to secure their own reality show on MTV, entitled Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave. The show only lasted one season, and documented the planning and execution of their unconventional wedding. The couple had been engaged for a few years, but the show forced them to set a date and go through with the wedding. Electra has denied that the reality show played a role in their divorce, but maybe they never would have gotten married at all if it wasn’t for MTV.
Danny & Gretchen Bonaduce
Danny Bonaduce rose to fame as a child actor in the show The Partridge Family. He met his wife Gretchen on a blind date, and they impulsively got married the same day. They ended up staying together for 16 years, and having two kids together. In 2005, their VH1 reality show, Breaking Bonaduce began airing. The show was meant to portray how Danny’s unstable lifestyle impacted his family. He was open about his drug problems, obsessive behavior, and even a suicide attempt. Gretchen was portrayed as an enabler at first, but over the 2 seasons of the show, she was pushed too far, and eventually filed for divorce. The reality show, in this case, may not have been the biggest problem their relationship faced.
Missy & Bam Margera
Bam Margera got his start filming skateboarding stunts, and he was eventually recruited to joining the Jackass crew. After the success of that show, he was given his own show on MTV, entitled Viva La Bam which focused on pranks he played on his family, and other stunts. His engagement to Missy Rothstein in 2007 sparked another reality show, Bam’s Unholy Union, which followed the wedding plans, and eventual ceremony. The show was only one season, but Bam has said that the producer’s approached them about a second season where they would stage a pregnancy, but they declined. Despite the show going smoothly, the couple were divorced in 2012.
Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom
Unlike her sister, Khloe seems to take marriage seriously. Well, at least a little bit. She married basketball player, Lamar Odom in 2009 only one month after meeting him at a party. Lamar appeared in some Keeping Up With the Kardashians episodes, but as we know, that doesn’t mean the relationship is on solid ground. The couple also had their own show on E!, Lamar & Khloe, which lasted two seasons. After a lot of speculation about Lamar’s alcohol and drug issues, Khloe filed for divorce in 2013, which has yet to be finalized. But if the Kardashian history is any indication, another broken relationship to add to the list is just a case of “no publicity is bad publicity”.
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