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18 Celeb Couples Whose Marriages Suffered After They Appeared on Reality TV

After allowing reality TV cameras to film their love stories in real time, these couples have paid the price. See which ones made it work and which ones called it quits.

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By Crystal Tate · March 29, 2016

In an interview on Dish Nation, the Love and Hip Hip: Atlanta star revealed that she and her husband, Kirk Frost, are indeed separated. “We’re separated, and we’re working on making sure that we’re doing everything that we need to do for our family," she said. The couple wed in 1999 and welcomed their oldest son, Ky, in 2000. They also have a 4-year-old son named Karter. For now, the two are devoted to co-parenting. 

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T.I. and Tiny may be all about the family hustle but their hustle for love is over. The Xscape singer filed for divorce in December and revealed in April that reality tv certainly didn't help she and the rapper's marriage stay in tact. "We just cannot keep it together,” she told Wendy Williams. “I guess it’s just the entertainment life and everything. It’s just a lot. It is a fast life...I think reality TV did put a little strain in it, just because it keeps people in your business. I felt like it’s a family show, it would be cool, but everything turns out to be in the media.”

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Cynthia Bailey recently confirmed her separation from husband Peter Thomas. The couple tied the knot on national television back in 2011. Five years later, rumored infidelity and reports of the couple living in separate cities led many to believe the couple may be headed toward a divorce. See the gallery below for 13 other couples whose marriage suffered after reality TV.

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Lala and Carmelo Anthony once had a full court life but now the two are planning to call it quits in the game of love. With reports circulating of infidelity on the NBA stars part, the Power actress and her hubby of seven years are going their separate ways. Following Anthony's trade to the New York Knicks, Lala launched Lala's Full Court Life, a reality show on VH1, which chronicled the Anthony family's adjustment to the Big Apple. 

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NeNe and Greg Leakes also experienced marital trouble while on The Real Housewives of Atlanta and NeNe filed for divorce in 2010. Luckily, the couple couldn't stay away from each other for long, and remarried in 2013. Their second walk down the aisle was filmed in a Bravo spinoff, I Dream of NeNe.

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Phaedra Parks met and married her husband Apollo Nida while filming The Real Housewives of Atlanta. However their marriage went downhill once Nida was sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud charges. Parks recently filed from divorce from her husband and father of her two sons.

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Another RHOA couple, another breakup! Porsha Williams joined the Atlanta cast as Kordell Stewart's wife but their marriage didn't last for the long run. The couple divorced in 2013 after two years of marriage and just one year after they appeared on the show.

After just one month of dating, Khloé Kardashian married NBA player Lamar Odom. Following four years of marriage and their own reality show Khloé & Lamar, Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013. After Odom was found unconscious and hospitalized in late 2015, the couple halted the divorce process. They are now possibly working on rekindling their relationship.

Music producer Memphitz proposed and married his wife Toya Wright on her reality show, Toya: A Family Affair. The next reality show the couple appeared on? Bravo's Untying The Knot. Needless to say, the couple didn't last.


Kim Kardashian got married to NBA player Kris Humphries on a two-part E! special in 2011, but the newlyweds barely lasted a couple of months. Kim Kardashian filed for divorce 72 days after their wedding day.

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Gloria Govan was a member of the original cast of Basketball Wives and appeared on the show alongside her then-fiancé Matt Barnes and their twin boys. The couple married in 2012 but ended up splitting two years later.

Malaysia Pargo is a cast member of Basketball Wives LA and had been a basketball wife to NBA player Jannero Pargo for eight years when she filed for divorce in 2014. She also discussed the couple's split on the show.

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Being Bobby Brown premiered in 2005 and only lasted for one season but it certainly showed the highs and lows of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston's marriage. Following the scrutiny of the show and their union, Houston filed for legal separation in 2006 and the couple divorced in 2007. They had not reconciled at the time of her untimely death in 2012.

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Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey may have been America's favorite celebrity couple but their MTV reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica likely contributed to their demise. Simpson and Lachey announced they were separating shortly after the show ended in 2005. They are now divorced and both remarried to other people.

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Jennifer Williams was also an original cast member of Basketball Wives. She ended up separating from her former husband and NBA player Eric Williams shortly after appearing on the reality show and admitted to the blog, Live Life in Style, that the show forced her "to make a decision to go out and find happiness."

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After reports surfaced that former NFL star Hank Baskett had cheated on wife Kendra Wilkinson with a transgender woman, the couple dealt with the aftermath of the infidelity on their WeTV reality show Kendra on Top. They eventually avoided divorce court after appearing on Marriage Boot Camp.

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Singer Keyshia Cole and NBA player Daniel Gibson's 2011 wedding was aired in Keyshia and Daniel: Family First, a BET reality show. Unfortunately the couple decided to part ways a few years later.


The Real Housewives of New York cast member Bethenny Frankel got two spinoff shows, Bethenny Ever After and Bethany Getting Married in 2010 to focus on her wedding to Jason Hoppy and the arrival of their daughter Bryn. Just over two years later, Frankel filed for divorce.

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