Earlier in the week, a story popped up on Yahoo News saying that tennis star Mark Philippoussis had broken off his relationship with girlfriend, Amanda Salinas. The next day, the story had magically vanished and NBC refused to comment on the status of their relationship. Last month, Philippoussis chose Salinas over the much older Jennifer Braff on NBC’s summer romance reality show, Age of Love. If the story is true and if the couple truly are no longer together, one can only ask: is anyone surprised? Very few reality couples make it after appearing on a dating show together.
The Bachelor is a perfect example of couples who can’t seem to get it together. In fact, the only long-lasting relationship to come out of that show is that Trista and Ryan Sutter from The Bachelorette. Recent bachelor Lorenzo Borghese couldn’t work things out with the woman he chose, Jennifer Wilson. He even tried to date runner-up Sadie Murray and that fizzled quickly as well. Here are the top three reasons why it jut never works out.
#3 Confidentiality Agreements
Once taping on these dating shows end, the networks go to great lengths to ensure we, the viewers, do not find out who the bachelor chose as his lucky lady. Contestants sign confidentiality agreements that carry heavy fines and force the new couple to cease contact until America gets the final results. Over that time, feelings can change and people’s lives go on. The couple also goes from seeing each other very often to not at all and, as is the case in real life, the distance can take its toll on even the strongest couples.
#2 Lies and Jealousy
The eligible bachelor can’t tell every woman he’s dating what he did with every other woman he’s dating. Many a bachelor have tried to prepare their new girlfriend for what they’re going to see but it can’t compare to actually sitting with him awkwardly on a couch in his living room and watching all his romantic escapades while filming. On The Bachelor: An Officer and A Gentleman, new girlfriend Tessa Horst watched the finale where runner up Bevin Powers and Andy Baldwin expressed their love for one another. Needless to say, Tessa and Andy have since called it quits.
#1 No More Magic
Look, every date in our everyday life isn’t filled with candles, horse-drawn carriages, private concerts by a world-renowned violinist, and oh yes, gifts mostly consisting of diamonds. Nope, we usually just catch a movie and grab some coffee at the local Starbucks. When reality dating show couples head back to their everyday lives, perhaps it’s just not as exciting as the magic the reality show producers created. No one’s following you with a camera or microphone watching your every move and constantly asking how you feel. The magic must fade real fast once you two are trying to work out the tip after sharing a plate of cheese fries.
– Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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