When you open the doors to your world and let television cameras capture your daily routine, it's hard to maintain a normal life. Especially if you are a celebrity couple broadcasting your relationship for the public to scrutinize. It seems that more often than not, couples that appear on reality shows together end up splitting up by the time their series is released on DVD. Is it inevitable that the couple will split up? Are they taking a risk when they sign on the dotted line?
Not all couples fall victim to the reality show curse, Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne survived, and we have our hopes in Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett. Yet, as only few have prevailed, there are more that have fizzled and burned.
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica: Nick and Jessica with Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson was an MTV reality show that followed the lives of pop star newlyweds, Nick and Jessica. The couple married in 2002 and began filming their series in 2003. After four seasons, Newlyweds ended, a year before the couple announced their divorce. The show boosted Jessica's popularity greatly and helped sell her album, In This Skin. Although she lived up to her dumb blonde image and seemed to annoy Nick at times, Jessica tried to be a good housewife (besides the Chicken of the Sea incident) and even saved herself for him. The two seemed to have a solid relationship and there wasn't a dry eye when they announced their divorce in 2006.
Jon & Kate Plus 8: with Jon and Kate Gosselin is a reality show on TLC about parents Jon and Kate and their eight children. As a fan of the show, it was obvious from the beginning that Kate wore the pants in the relationship and Jon never stood up to his wife. She was constantly criticizing the way he dressed, the way he breathed and she even yelled at him for interrupting her on national television. Although they seemed to stay together for their brood, no one was surprised a few months ago when the two filed for a divorce.
Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave starring Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro first aired on MTV in 2004 and followed the untraditional couple on a journey leading up to their wedding. Originally, the two did a special for MTV called Carmen and Dave: An MTV Love Story, which turned out to be a hit and left the fans wanting more. They agreed to be a part of the reality show although Dave told MTV News that reality TV was impossible, "because you're not gonna be real with an eight-man crew in your house." Although Carmen denied there was such a thing as an "MTV curse" like in the case of Nick and Jessica, she filed for divorce three years into their marriage.
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