On paper, reality TV promises to depict the lives of celebrities, or even ordinary people, without expecting them to act as people they're not, or do things they don't normally do. Other reality TV shows bring together people and put them in a form of competition, where the winner, who is determined by the show's rules and regulations, gets to go home with a predetermined prize.
Over the years, we have come to realize that not all the producers, directors, or even actors in these shows truly live up to their promise of filming without a script or a storyline, as is the case with movies and series. These people realized that watching someone go about his or her normal business might not be very interesting, yet they need audiences to tune in every time the show is on.
However, many of the things that happen on these shows are real, and the results of these actors' actions usually have lasting consequences. For example, more often than not, the relationships and marriages we see on these shows are real and binding, and so are the divorces.
Here's a list of 20 couples who used to be or continue to be on reality shows. 10 of these couples are still together, but 10 have sadly parted ways.
20 Didn't Make It: Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick
Kourtney Kardashian is an American television personality, socialite, businesswoman, and Model. She stars in the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians with her mother Kris Jenner and sisters since 2007. She met her long-time boyfriend Scott Disick at a friend's home in 2006. The couple began dating the following year and their relationship has been in the limelight ever since.
They have three children Mason, Penelope, and Reign. They have had their fair share of ups and downs until they officially broke up in 2017. The two still spend plenty of time together co-parenting their children. However, since the breakup, they've both been dating other people. We are not sure if they will get back together.
19 Still Together: Jessie James and Eric Decker
Jessie James an American country pop singer, songwriter, and television personality starred in the reality show Eric and Jessie: Game on with her husband Eric Decker a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). These two got married in June 2013 and in September the same year; the couple was expecting their first child Vivianne Rose.
They have two more children Eric Thomas and Forrest Bradley. Eric has recently announced his retirement from the NFL to spend more time with his wife and kids. Jessie commented on ET News that she believes they are soulmates and she just knows they were meant to be together.
18 Didn't Make It: Alani Nicole La La and Carmelo Anthony
Television personality Alani Nicole La La came to prominence as an MTV Video Jockey on Total Request Live show and has since been the host of several shows like Flavor of Love and Real Chance of Love. La La who is currently starring in the television series Power started dating basketball player Carmelo Anthony and they got engaged on Christmas day 2004.
They later tied the knot in 2010 and have one son, Kiyan. Their wedding aired on reality series La La's Full Court Wedding and the couple's lives thereafter were featured in a follow-up reality series called La La's Full Court Life before they separated in April 2017. La La said in an interview with US weekly that reconciliation was not in their plans.
17 Still Together: Nicole Polizzi and Jionni LaValle
Nicole Polizzi and Jionni LaValle are both reality TV stars. Nicole Polizzi, who we all know best as Snooki first became famous for being a cast member of the MTV reality show, Jersey Shore. Nicole and Jionni met on the show and got engaged in March 2012. The couple also appeared in the spin-off show Snooki and JWoww back in 2011.
They had their two children, Lorenzo and Giovanna before tying the knot on November 2014. The two have since been keeping busy raising their children and starring in the show Nicole & Jionni's Shore Flip. In January 2018, the couple set the record straight on the divorce rumors on the tabloids and said they were not splitting up and that their marriage was still strong.
16 Didn't Make It: Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy
Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel is also an author and an entrepreneur. Bethenny rose to fame in the television series The Real Housewives of New York. In 2008, she met Jason Hoppy, a pharmaceutical sales executive, in a nightclub in Manhattan and they started dating.
They got married in March 2010 and she gave birth to their daughter Bryn in May of the same year. The due was featured in their own reality series, Bethenny Ever After. The two separated in December 2012 and filed for divorce in January the following year. They went through custody battles for a while and their divorce was granted in 2016.
15 Still Together: Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann
Kim Zolciak rose to prominence as one of the original housewives in the reality television series The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kim met Kroy Biermann at the charity event Dancing with Atlanta Stars in 2010. Their meeting and first days of dating were televised on the show and in 2012 she left the show during the fifth season.
The couple landed their own spin-off show Don't be Tardy for the wedding, which featured their wedding and then renewed for a second season with a shorter name, Don't be Tard. The show features the couple's lives and that of their children. Kim has two daughters from previous relationships called Brielle and Ariana, although together the couple has four children Kroy, Kash, Kaia, and Kane.
14 Didn't Make It: Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas
Cynthia Bailey is an American model, reality television star, and actress. Cynthia has been known to star in The Real Housewives of Atlanta since 2010. She was first featured on the show dating businessman Peter Thomas. They got married in July 2010. The show featured their wedding, financial struggles, and relationship challenges and in 2016 the couple separated and later divorced.
Peter said in an interview that he did not want a divorce but felt like it was something Cynthia needed. He also admitted that other than their individual ambitions being part of their relationship's demise; the show added a lot of pressure to their marriage. The two have since been dating other people.
13 Still Together: Roger Mathews and JWoww
Jennifer Farley, who most of us known as JWoww, is a TV personality best known for her role in the hit MTV reality series Jersey Shore and its spin-off Snooki and JWoww. Roger Mathews and Jenni started hanging out while she was filming season one of Jersey Shore. However, Roger first appeared as a guest star in season three.
The two started dating and Roger proposed in September 2012, but due to her first pregnancy, they did not tie the knot until October 2015. The duo has two children Meilani and Greyson. Their lives now revolve around feeding their kids, reading books, and playing dress up. They say every day together is an adventure.
12 Didn't Make It: Lynne Colee and Frank Curtin
Southern California born Lynne Colee joined the reality show The Real Housewives of Orange County in the middle of season four in 2008. She was already married to Frank Curtin prior to joining the show and the two have two daughters Raquel and Alexa.
In the show, the couple struggled to raise their teenage daughters while getting backlash from fellow housewives for poor parenting. They also battled financial difficulties while on the show. It really looked like the couple was still going strong despite all the struggles, until Lynne filed for divorce towards the end of 2012 citing irreconcilable differences. After 23 years, the two parted ways. Lynne left the show at the end of season five.
11 Still Together: Ken Todd and Lisa Vanderpump
Ken Todd and Lisa Vanderpump are British restaurateurs starring in the show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The two have owned 27 restaurants, bars, and clubs in London and Los Angeles. They lived in London then moved to Beverly Hills. The two have been on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills since it debuted in 2010 and in another spin-off reality series called Vanderpump Rules.
The couple got engaged after six weeks of dating and was married three months later. They married in 1982 and have two children, Pandora and Max. Lisa says what keeps them going is that they are still equal partners in life and love. They celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary on August 28.
10 Didn't Make It: Yolanda Hadid and David Foster
Yolanda Hadid is a television star and former model. She is famously known for starring in the Hit reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She joined the show in season three already married to music producer, David Foster. David did not like appearing on the show and we saw him on rare occasions. Yolanda has three children Gigi, Bella, and Anwar from her previous marriage to Mohamed Hadid.
She battled Lyme disease throughout her time on the show and left in 2016 after the sixth season, explaining that her struggle made it difficult for her to continue with the demands of the show. The couple filed for divorce in 2015 and a few months later Yolanda changed her name back to Hadid to match that of her children. Their divorce was finalized on May 2017.
9 Still Together: Joe Gorga and Melissa Gorga
Joe Gorga and Melissa Gorga are television personalities best known in the reality television series The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The two who have been married since 2004 joined the show in season three back in 2011. The duo has three children Antonio, Gino, and Joey. In the show, the couple talks about how opening a family business with Joe's sister and fellow housewives has strained their family, which they later decided to close.
The couple has been getting along well. They recently celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary spending time ruminating about what they love most about each other. They have recently listed their house in New Jersey and are planning to move once it is sold.
8 Didn't Make It: Vicki Steinmetz and Donn Gunvalson
Vicki Steinmetz is best known for her starring role as a housewife in the reality television series The Real Housewives of Orange County. This reality star married Donn Gunvalson in 1994. The two have been on the show for the past 10 seasons sharing their love life and an inside look into their marriage.
However, in October 2010, a few months after renewing their vows on the show, Vicki filed for dissolution of marriage from Donn. Vicki left her husband to take care of Ayers who was supposedly battling cancer. She later told US weekly that she regretted leaving Donn. We hope there's still a chance that these two will get back together.
7 Still Together: Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney
Television personalities Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney met in the reality show The Bachelor season thirteen. Mesnick, who proposed and then broke up with her final rose Melissa Rycroft, later changed his mind and asked Molly Malaney the runner-up to give him another chance.
Although the couple had a rocky start, the duo tied the knot in 2010 in a televised ceremony on ABC. The two have a daughter Riley Anne and Jason had a son, Ty from his previous marriage who stays with them. The two are raising their children in Seattle, Washington while balancing a normal life and occasionally making TV appearances.
6 Didn't Make It: Ramona Singer and Mario Singer
61-year-old Ramona Singer, best known for her role as a reality star in the series The Real Housewives of New York is an entrepreneur with a skincare company and jewelry line for HSN. Ramona married Mario Singer in 1992 and the two premiered on the reality show on March 2008. The couple's marriage has gone through quite a transformation over the shows last ten seasons.
After 22 years of marriage, the couple separated in 2014, they agreed to give it a second chance and even went for counseling for three months, but it never worked out. They finalized their divorce in 2016. The two have a daughter, Avery Singer who they are currently co-parenting.
5 Still Together: Ashley Hebert and J.P Rosenbaum
Ashley Hebert and J.P Rosenbaum met in the reality Television series The Bachelorette season seven. After picking JP and handing him her final rose, the couple became the second to get married on the show. They tied the knot in December 2012. The couple is parents to their son Fordham and daughter Essex.
After almost six years of marriage, the stars renewed their vows in August 2018 during a trip to Aruba. Like all couples, these two have faced enough ups and downs in their marriage, as well as on the show Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars but their marriage is still going strong.
4 Didn't Make It: LuAnn de Lesseps and Tom D'Agostino
American reality star, model, author, and singer LuAnn de Lesseps rose to fame after being cast in the reality series The Real Housewives of New York. LuAnn married businessman Tom D'Agostino in December 2016. After seeing a lot of red flags, the star was warned by her cast mates on the show about going through with her wedding but she insisted that she was very much in love.
The show aired the couples' relationship from the beginning of their courtship to walking down the aisle. However, the couple got a divorce in August 2017 barely a year into their marriage. LuAnn is struggling to recover from her divorce although she's still in touch with Tom.
3 Still Together: Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas
Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas are American television personalities, who starred in the television series Big Brother. They appeared in the show in season 12 back in 2010 and within the first week of the season, they started dating. They both returned in season 13 as part of a “returning Duos.” The two also participated in the 20th season of The Amazing Race.
The reality stars married in 2012 after Villegas proposed on Valentine's Day 2011. Their wedding, coordinated by celebrity planner David Tutera, aired on WE Network as a special. The couple has a daughter together Adora Borealis and is currently in a happy and healthy marriage.
2 Didn't Make It: Porsha Williams and Kordell Stewart
Porsha Williams has been a star in the reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta since season five in 2012. Prior to joining the show, Porsha started dating football player Kordell Stewart while she was employed at the Lucky Lounge in Atlanta. The couple married in an elaborate ceremony in May 2011, which was featured in the television series, Platinum Weddings.
In the show The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Portia expressed her stand on having children and later visited a therapist after they began experiencing marital difficulties. After approximately two years, Kordell filed for divorce from Porsha in March 2013. She claimed on the show that she was totally blindsided by the filing. Their divorce was finalized in December 2013.
1 Still Together: Ryan Sutter and Trista Rehn
Trista Rehn first appeared in the reality show The Bachelor and looking back, it must have been a huge blessing that she was the runner-up. She then appeared in its companion show The Bachelorette where she met Ryan Sutter while filming the first season in 2002. She chose Ryan as the winner and the couple got married in December 2003.
The network televised their wedding in a three-episode special called Trista & Ryan's Wedding. In 2015, Trista told Today that her romance works because they both put in the time, effort, and energy required to keep them going. She also said they've had their ups and downs but their romance has been solid. They currently live in Vail, Colorado with their two children, Maxwell and Blakesley.