Why Reality TV Couples Break Up
Psychologists explain why reality relationships don’t work
– Carrie Seim
Agreeing to share your newlywed life on a reality show is like planning your honeymoon cruise on the Titanic. Sounds like a romantic voyage – until you smack into that pesky iceberg everyone warned you about.
So why are Giuliana DiPandi (E! host) and Bill Rancic (the original Apprentice) steaming full-speed ahead into their own reality show?
Have they learned no lessons from the long list of past reality relationship wrecks?
Jon and Kate Gosselin. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. The Countess Luann de Lesseps and her Count. Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler. Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro. Even Flavor Flav couldn’t keep it together with Brigitte Nielsen.
Giuliana & Bill debuts Wednesday night on the Style network. The couple is already risking bad marriage mojo by living in separate cities. (He’s in Chicago, she’s in L.A.) Obviously Giuliana’s entertainment anchor job requires her to live in La La Land, so why isn’t Bill willing to move his business west? Or perhaps Giuliana likes keeping him at arm’s reach?
Interesting that they can commit to a reality show but not to living in the same city. Yet G&B insist they won’t fall victim to the reality couple curse.
“If you are strong enough as a couple, reality shows can be a good thing for the relationship,” Giuliani said at a Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena last week, according to People.
Sorry to burst your bubble, Giuliana, but several psychologists we spoke to beg to differ. And so do the many celebrities whose marriages have been destroyed by reality television.