9 Reality TV Shows That Sparked Divorce
Reality television shows are like the kiss of death for celebrity relationships. Things might be fine between these couples when filming starts; however, there is no guarantee that their relationships will still be intact when the cameras stop rolling. Many celebrities have come forward blaming their reality shows for their marital problems; however, this doesn’t stop other couples from jumping on the reality television show bandwagon. We’re not sure why they do it. From what we hear, the pay isn’t all that great, but we’re guessing the exposure is invaluable. Here are 9 couples who divorced after appearing on reality TV shows!
9. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey became household names when they let MTV into their home to document their first year of marriage on their very own reality TV show, “Nick & Jessica: Newlyweds.” People instantly fell in love with them. She played the dumb blond to perfection and he took on the role of the patient husband. The show ended up lasting three seasons, which was pretty much the exact length of their marriage. Almost eight months after the last episode aired, Simpson filed for divorced.
According to Lachey, his reality show with Simpson definitely played a part in the breakdown of their marriage. “Jessica and I began playing these parts even when we were by ourselves. It became a really blurred line. There was a question about what truly was our reality. When you are on a reality show, your life ceases to be reality. It becomes TV,” he told USA Today.
8. Shanna Moakler and Travis Barker
Shanna Moakler and Travis Barker documented their marriage on the reality TV show, “Meet the Barkers.” The show covered their wedding and the birth of their two children, as well as their day-to-day life. It only lasted two seasons. Shortly after filming ended, Barker filed for divorce and these two began duking it out on their MySpace blogs. After divorcing and getting back together a handful of times, these two have not found a way to make things work.
Moakler and Barker have never said that their reality TV show was the reason for their split; however, they have both accused the other of being unfaithful. According to a source close to the former couple, the relationship ended for good in 2009 because she had been unfaithful. Barker had been in a plane crash and, while he was recovering in the hospital, she was reportedly having an affair with Gerard Butler. We don’t expect these two to get back together ever again, but you never know!