When you fall in love, you want to tell the world! In this day and age, celebrities and reality stars have the means to do so, as cameras capture their entire romance for the world to view. But even the strongest romances aren’t tough enough for the lights, cameras, action, and media scrutiny.
Check out 7 relationships that went down in flames, all thanks to reality TV.
Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian
Kiss of Death: Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Any woman would be happy to be with Reggie Bush! Kim Kardashian was one lucky girl, and Reggie seemed madly in love until she convinced him to display their relationship on her family’s hit reality show. The NFL player wasn’t into the lack of privacy that reality television entails, and the couple broke up in 2010.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
We will never know if this one was real or not, but Kim and Kris Humphries debuted their new love for one another in 2011 on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and got married shortly after on Kim’s Fairytale Wedding. The TV special turned out to be a huge profit for them both. Needless to say, the couple filed for divorce after 72 days of marriage, and fans caught the entire crash and burn on Kourtney & Kim Take New York.
Nene and Gregg Leakes
Kiss of Death: The Real Housewives of Atlanta
We loved Gregg Leakes, because he seemed to be the perfect calm for Nene’s vibrant personality. But the two grew apart after years of taping RHOA.
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
Jessica and Nick were just two young pop stars who were head over heels in love. But after three years of marriage, the couple decided to split and bump the cameras out of their personal lives!
Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan
As a cast member on Basketball Wives Miami, Gloria Govan was all about defending her family and relationship with Matt Barnes. But when the mother of two landed a spot on Basketball Wives L.A., she decided to bring Matt’s cheating ways to the light and separate from the NBA baller.
Shanna Moakler and Travis Barker
Kiss of Death: Meet The Barkers
A former Miss USA and a Blink 182 drummer sounds like a match made in Hollywood! Even though Travis and Shannon split after two years of marriage, they are rumored to still have feelings for each other.
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown
Kiss of Death: Being Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston had been the center of controversy for some time before Being Bobby Brown aired in 2005. But when Whitney refused to sign on for a second season, the show was cancelled. The couple separated in 2006 and finalized their divorce in 2007.
Donn and Vicki Gunvalson
Kiss of Death: The Real Housewives of Orange County
Vicki Gunvalson and Donn married in 1994 and separated 16 years later, even after renewing their vows in a ceremony that was televised on The Real Housewives of Orange County. Vicki made the term “love tank” en vogue again, but complained that her love tank was left empty by her longtime husband. These days, Vicki is flaunting her highly suspicious relationship with her new boyfriend on the latest season of the Housewives franchise.
Simon and Tamra Barney
Kiss of Death: Real Housewives of Orange County
After 11 years together, this couple called it quits. Fans of the show could see clearly that this relationship was headed to splitsville as Tamra often broke down from frustrations and complained about her husband being too controlling. Nowadays, Tamra looks a lot happier with her new fiance Eddie.
Taylor and Russell Armstrong
Kiss of Death: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The drama between Taylor Armstrong and the late Russell Armstrong has to represent of the greatest tragedies of reality television. Although viewers saw just how miserable and cold the relationship was between Russell Armstrong and his housewife Taylor Armstrong, nobody was prepared to hear the news about Russell’s suicide in 2011. Prior to that tragedy, the couple had separated amid reports that Russell was physically abusive towards his wife.
Jennifer and Eric Williams
Kiss of Death: Basketball Wives
Who can forget how Eric threw a drink in his wife Jennifer’s face during the season finale of Basketball Wives in Miami? Mr. Williams probably wasn’t too happy that his wife was gaining money and fame from her new role on VH1’s hottest show. After all, she didn’t need to depend on him anymore for the celebrity perks. Their divorce has yet to be finalized however.
Royce Reed and Dezmon Briscoe
Kiss of Death: Basketball Wives
Although she was on Basketball Wives for only a few seasons, it seems that we saw Royce with at least three different boyfriends. We though her NFL boo Dezmon Briscoe was the real deal but alas, the twitter-happy Royce notified her fans that the couple was kaput shortly after the last season of the show wrapped. It seemed that Dezmon couldn’t take the intense limelight of the show. After all, his ex put him on blast for sending her racy messages while he was still in a relationship with Royce.
Trina Braxton and Gabe
Kiss of Death: Braxton Family Values
Trina Braxton was not only dealing with alcohol abuse on her uber-popular reality show with her sisters, but also infidelity in her marriage. Her husband Gabe admitted to cheating at one point in their relationship but Trina also exposed her cheating ways to a national audience when she admitted to her sisters that she gave her “friend” a blow job. SMH. We’re not surprised that they filed for divorce earlier this year.
Michaele and Tareq Salehi
Kiss of Death: Real Housewives of D.C.
You’ll remember this couple from the fact that they crashed a state dinner at the White House and made international headlines for their compromising ways. It was evident that these two were kinda cookoo and unhealthy. By the end of last year, it seemed that this saga had ended with a wild twist. Apparently, Michaele Salehi ran off to be with an old flame and rock musician. Tareq didn’t quite accept that news and claimed that his wife was kidnapped.
Memories of the way they were. Were the cameras to blame for these infamous splits?
– Neijah Lanae