Unbelievable as it may seem, one of the most perfect couples on reality television has split. Yes, that was sarcasm. Here's the story.
It’s that time of year in North America. Thanksgiving is coming, Christmas is right on its heels. Several men I know at work are buying rings for their girlfriends for the holidays. Couples get engaged.
And couples also split up. That is no big deal; I think most people reading this would agree its better to split before the wedding than after. Holidays are stressful, very stressful, as people get together with families, and the realization hits how dysfunctional your family is.
But now, according to an article in Entertainment Weekly, there has been a huge break-up. Monumental. The biggest break-up since Rhett walked away from Scarlett! And I am wondering why it has not gotten better press. So ladies and gentleman, without further ado, I bring you the break-up of…
Krista and Mike
Yes, it’s true, it’s true. Krista returned the ring to Mike last week, on November 4. For those who may have been asleep on the last episode of Big Brother 2, Mike “Boogie” decided to propose to Krista on the season finale. I, being an incurable romantic, thought it was, um, less than genuine. Done for the attention – to make himself the center of a show he’d been voted off of. Remember, he had earlier proclaimed himself a “star” while everybody else was just an “extra.” Or, as the Manly Man dubbed it, “A Parade of Gag.” One of the wonderful things about being an incurable romantic is I believe in happily ever after. Unfortunately real life is not like a Disney movie, and I do not know any modern women who are like Disney Princesses.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Krista called off the engagement because she was “miffed” that Mike Boogie decided not to compete in The Amazing Race 2. CBS will only “confirm” that Krista and Mike had “conversations” about casting for the new season, which will –according to the latest press release in this past week’s Hollywood Reporter, have 12 teams instead of 11. According to Krista, “Mike’s a great guy, … But it’s not the same as it was in the house.”
No. In real life, unless you are Jenny in her Jennicam, you do not have a camera on you 24/7 (even Jennicam doesn’t cover her outside of her own home). In real life, relationships are work. Anything in life that is worthwhile is work. And as much as we love the people we marry or live with, sometimes they really do get on your nerves. But, in the words of the two wise men, Lennon and McCartney, you learn to “work it out.”
For his part, Mike Boogie says that Krista was “irked” by his nascent film and TV writing partnership with Will, the eventual BB2 winner (the two are pitching a comedy behind-the-scenes look at a reality show, according to TV Guide). But from where I sit I have to wonder how strong their relationship really was in the first place if they can break up over whether or not to appear on national TV for another 15 minutes.
And I cannot help but wonder what Andy Warhol, who coined the phrase “15 minutes of fame,” would say about the crop of reality TV contestants.
As for real-life romances from BB, things have fared a bit better for the UK contestants. Two from the first house are expecting a child together, and are living together as partners. And Helen and Paul, from UK’s BB2, are still dating. Unlike Krista and Mike, they want to keep their dating life out of the cameras, and grounded in the real world. And I am still rooting for them, as I did this past summer, when I watched their relationship bloom.
Out of all the non-married couples who have appeared on reality TV, I think Helen and Paul will make it. I really do. And this makes me, the incurable romantic, happy as I flip the remote to the next channel to see who the next couple will be.