12 Real-Life Survivor Couples
Forget The Bachelor and The Bachelorette — Survivor has churned out more couples over the years than both shows combined. Pretty much everyone knows penultimate Survivor couple Boston Rob and Amber, but how many of you knew that Russell Hantz and Mikayla Wingle once dated? That’s right, THE Russell Hantz and the girl Russell Hantz’s nephew Brandon was obsessed with. In honor of the upcoming season of Survivor, we’ve put together the ultimate list of real-life Survivor couples, some of whom have since broken up and others whose torches continue to burn to this day.
12. Alex Bell and Kim Powers
Not many fans are likely to remember these two mid-list players from different seasons, but Alex (Survivor: Amazon) and Kim (Survivor: Africa) were the second Survivor couple to get hitched, back in 2006 (preceded only by Rob and Amber). There is something to be said for the virtually non-existent media attention their nuptials attracted. Maybe the more you stay out of the public eye and away from reality TV, the better your chances are of making it as a couple in real life.
11. Russell Hantz and Mikayla Wingle
Of all the odd couples…notorious Survivor villain, Russell Hantz from Survivor: Samoa and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains reportedly dated lingerie football player, Mikayla Wingle, from Survivor: South Pacific for a time after her season. There are so many reasons this is stranger than strange — not the least being that Russell was, by all accounts, married at the time and still is — but apparently he called Mikayla his girlfriend on Twitter and was photographed at various events with her. Mikayla is best remembered as the girl that Russell Hantz’s nephew, Brandon, couldn’t stop creepily staring at while they were both contestants on Survivor: South Pacific. In fact, Brandon campaigned hard to get her voted off because he was afraid if she stuck around, he might be tempted to cheat on his wife. It was hard not to roll your eyes as poor, conflicted Brandon struggled with his marriage vows (even though it never seemed plausible that Mikayla would want anything to do with him), but imagine what it must’ve been like for him to find out later on that his Survivor crush was dating his married uncle! No wonder the kid is so confused with role models like Russell Hantz in the family.