The marriage of Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes has lasted this long under the harsh rays of celebrity spotlight, but can it really survive any more pressure? This is what audiences who tune in to the couple’s upcoming scripted reality show will be watching to find out. They’re not the first duo to air their dirty laundry on television, and they definitely won’t be the last, but is this a smart move for a marriage? Many couples suffer from the reality TV curse—seemingly solid relationships that don’t last past wrap. Check out the present-day status of these couples that dared to defy the odds.
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La La and Carmelo Anthony
If Cibrian and Rimes need any advice on how to keep a strong relationship going in the face of excessive media coverage, La La and Carmelo Anthony may be able to lend a few tips. Separately, each had their own things going on—her as an actress and host and him as an NBA star. The couple first catapulted into reality TV superstardom together, though, when they wed in 2010 on La La’s Full Court Wedding. Its success then led to La La’s Full Court Life, which follows the lives of the power couple. The show started in 2011 and, like their marriage, has yet to be derailed.
Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza
Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza’s reality show may not have stood the test of time, but it looks like their marriage just might! The former Saved by the Bell star and his then-girlfriend starred in VH1’s appropriately named Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby in 2010. The show chronicled the time leading up to the birth of the couple’s first child, a daughter named Gia. Since wrapping the first and only season on the show, the couple got married and welcomed a second child, son Dominic.
Adrienne Bailon and Rob Kardashian
Before there was Kimye, another Kardashian couple found its way into our hearts—but this relationship didn’t end in marriage. Early in the now-famous Keeping Up with the Kardashians series, a young Rob Kardashian got together with the stunning former Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon. They got tattoos together, they moved in together, they took their families camping together, and they basically made us wish we had a relationship that looked that good. But apparently the good times didn't last and the two split after Kardashian cheated. They didn’t get back together, but they have moved on. Kardashian has since competed on Dancing with the Stars and started his own sock line, while Bailon starred on her own reality show and currently hosts The Real alongside Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry, Loni Love, and Jeannie Mai.
Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell
Audiences are currently so captivated with the new season of The Bachelorette that they’ve almost forgotten about the flop that was Juan Pablo Galavis. Almost. Sure, he’s hot and athletic, but when this bachelor’s search for love ended without a proposal, or even an “I love you” for his chosen ladylove, those were the only two kind words many fans had for him. On the After the Final Rose conclusion, Galavis and Nikki Ferrell were so tight-lipped about their relationship that by the end of the episode even nice-guy host Chris Harrison was openly mocking the couple. Fast forward a few months and it appears that this pair is, surprisingly, still holding on—and they seem to have chucked their desire for privacy. What’s next for the two? Starring roles on VH1’s Couples Therapy.
Jenni Rivera and Estaban Loaiza
Jenni Rivera and third husband Esteban Loaiza were practically newlyweds when the superstar’s reality show, I Love Jenni, premiered in 2011. While the two had their fair share of good times, the couple filed for divorce just months before Rivera died tragically in a plane crash in 2012.
Mario Umansky and Kyle Richards
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has been running strong now for four seasons—just like the show’s golden couple Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky (who was born and raised in Mexico). Amongst the constant crumbling of many of the other relationships on the show, this couple comes across like a well-adjusted twosome that literally has it all. Seeing if they can keep it up is certainly one reason to watch next season!
Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge
These Real Housewives stars sure do like their Latin men—and we don’t blame them! After watching the tumultuous relationship between Tamra Barney and her now ex-husband, Simon, unravel season after season, we’re happy to see that the Real Housewives of Orange County favorite has found true love in husband Eddie Judge. But is there trouble in paradise so soon? The current season of the show has already seen some serious discussions about children—a definite deal breaker for some couples. We know we’ll be tuning in and cheering for this adorable duo!
Jim Jones and Chrissy Lampkin
Their relationship often appears tumultuous on television but, despite the arguments, this couple is still together. They began their reality show run on the first two seasons of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop before landing their own, still-running spin-off, Chrissy & Mr. Jones. In their case, apparently, the couple that fights on television together stays together!